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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE "TRACCO"

Aldershot's first buses arrived during 1906. They were operated by the Aldershot & Farnborough Motor Omnibus Company Ltd. They ran a service between Aldershot and Farnborough using two second-hand Milnes-Daimler's acquired from Hastings. New services were pioneered, and the fleet increased to five vehicles. Expansion was vital for the small operator. New capital arrived when the British Electric Traction Company bought out Aldershot & Farnborough in 1912. A new company was formed and named the Aldershot & District Traction Co. Ltd. The new company rapidly expanded its network of service in and around the Surrey and Hampshire borders. In 1914 'A&D' was trying to get a foothold in Guildford. They gained licences to run services in competition with Guildford & District, a company formed by bus manufacturers Dennis Bros and Walter Flexman-French the influential bus pioneer. The Guildford and District operations soon fell into the hands of Aldershot & District. Other small operators were acquired as the years passed by and the network of services expanded, with depots established at Haslemere and Alton. Followed by new premises at Hindhead and Woking. The war years from 1939-45 proved to he particularly difficult. The heart of the military was based in Aldershot. This put additional burdens on the company. While services were curtailed, patronage increased. Replacing the worn out fleet of vehicles was almost impossible, with the war effort taking priority. In the post war years the company received new vehicles built by Dennis, the main supplier of the company's vehicles, and services returned to pre-war levels by 1946. High capacity single-deck buses arrived in 1954 when the first AEC Reliance was delivered. Double-deck orders remained with Dennis. In 1969 the Government formed the National Bus Company and the end was in sight for the traditional green and cream of the Aldershot company. In 1972 the 'Tracco' as it was known, merged with neighbouring company Thames Valley to form Alder Valley.

Aldershot Running Day in 2006
L-R: AEC Reliance (370), Dennis Lancet (178), Dennis Loline III (488),
Dennis Loline III (506) and Dennis Lance (220) at the Aldershot Running Day in 2006


WHAT CAN THE GROUP DO FOR YOU ?......

A lively newsletter and regular, informative meetings, held in the Aldershot area - typify the go-ahead attitude of the Aldershot & District Bus Interest Group. Formed in May 1994 the group has quickly grown, with the running days of vintage 'Tracco' buses the pinnacle in the growing calendar of events, whilst tours over former Aldershot & District routes provide a journey back into the past and are a fun day out for all the family. Members regularly volunteer to help with restoration work on former Aldershot & District buses. The working parties take place in the South and the Midlands. The group aims to assist those with an interest in the bygone company to learn more about the workings, vehicles and people who were the Aldershot & District Traction Company. All the owners of former A&D buses and coaches are members and work closely with the Interest Group. It is due to their support that the running days are made possible, and the Group in return provides physical support for the Association. So if you wish to become a member of the Aldershot & District Bus Interest Group just click below and download a Membership Application form.

UK Membership is £12.00 (O.A.P's £8.00)

All correspondence to the ADBIG Committee should be sent to -
The Aldershot & District Bus Interest Group
Hampshire House
204 North Lane, Aldershot
Hants. GU12 4SE
info@adbig.co.uk

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100 Years of The 'TRACCO'
100 Years of Buses in Aldershot
List of Preserved Buses
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AEC Reliance 370
AEC Reliance 543
Dennis Falcon 282
Dennis Lance 145
Dennis Lance 220
Dennis Lancet 178
Dennis Lancet 980
Dennis Loline's
Dennis Loline 357
Dennis Loline III 503
Dennis Loline III 506

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