This site was last updated on 27 July 2020.
HOT NEWS 27 JULY 2020: the long-awaited much-anticipated 'Bedford VAL List' (a list of the surviving VAL chassis) is NOW IN STOCK and is available for just ONE POUND - send a 1st Class Stamped Addressed Envelope (to hold A5) to Telford Bus Group, 158 Wolverhampton Road, Pelsall, WALSALL WS3 4AE. Please make cheques payable to 'Telford Bus Group'. The list is in the form of an A5 booklet with room to add notes next to each entry and has 3 colour photos on the outside cover.
Our GALLERY was updated on 21 January 2016.
2020 provisional outings list (pdf): ALL EVENTS ARE CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 CRISIS; NO END IN SIGHT YET...
An appeal: Reproduced below is a black and white image of 2236 in Altrincham in its early days (circa 1972, we think, as it was still allocated to Princess Road depot). If you took the photo, or know who did, or if you are the driver or a passenger, please get in touch!
Thanks also to the anonymous person who sent the negative to Kevin in August 2014.
9 December 2018: 2236 has been fitted with (some) LED lighting! - read the story here: 2236_led_lighting.pdf
10 Nov 2015: Ralph Bennett RIP
Ralph Bennett was the General Manager of Manchester Corporation Transport who was responsible for the introduction of the ‘Mancunian’ bus design to the City before later moving on to London Transport; he passed away on 10 November 2015. There is a fitting tribute on the ‘net (please paste the link below into your address bar as FreeWebs' Link Generator is not working):
In 2012 the Bedford VAL reached it's 50th birthday... see http://www.bedfordval50.co.uk/index.htm
Full details of the 11 JUNE 2011 'MANCUNIAN 2236 40th BIRTHDAY TOUR' (opens in new window): http://tbg.150m.com/2236birthday.html
There are a few photos of this event in our new gallery/album.
Dean Howdle put together this video about 2236 on YouTube (opens in new window): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZ_Ji4Ldlhc
There's an 8-page article by Stephen Morris in 'Classic Bus' magazine issue 81 (Feb/March 2006) featuring the input of Ken Mortimer to the 'Mancunian' design.
More photos are viewable by pasting this into your address bar (thanks to Alex Gauden for these):
Please see our other pages LINKS (LEFT) for the latest news, information, trips, how to join, etc.
Download a SAMPLE NEWSLETTER (an old one) here: tbg914forwebsite.pdf
PLEASE NOTE that Telford Bus Group is a preservation/enthusiasts' society, NOT a commercial bus operator!You are visitor number to this site.