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Star of BBC's New Drama Series "The Village" !

Second series starting soon. Our own unique charabanc features in the BBC's recent epic Sunday Night drama series "The Village". The first series began with the arrival of "The Bus" - a really big occasion as this was the very first to arrive in the village in 1914.

In the first episode our charabanc brought one of the central characters Martha Lane into the village, and finished by carrying the village's young men off to war.

In early July 2014 we returned to filming in the Peak District for the second series of The Village, this time featuring the years of the roaring 1920's. This time Martha leaves the village in the Charabanc for pastures new. The new series starts on 10th August 2014 on BBC1.

For more details and a video clip of the first series see our latest news page.


WANTED  -  old photographs and cine film of Midland Red buses or Midland Red staff for special project - see latest news and please email us.

Remaining Bus Driver Experience Dates  for 2014 now available

 

 

  Welcome to WHEELS / MIDLAND RED COACHES!

To see our range of Midland Red buses and coaches...
go directly to the Our Vehicles page, or
go directly to the COACH HIRE pages.

Do have a good look around our website and enjoy some of the articles.

You can even contribute - write in with your stories, nostalgic Midland Red memories, or about our Wedding Day Transport. We might print your article too. 

We are looking for ex-Midland Red employees, and any film that records any aspect of Midland Red - buses, garages, central works, ex members of the Midland Red Orchestra or Choir; and we are always looking to speak with Midland Red experienced Engineers too.  We need your memories and experiences to record for the future - film or ex employees please get in touch urgently on 07582 532133 or 07966 237888 - or get a relative or friend to contact us.

For all your Charabanc, Bus and Coach Hire Enquiries 
its always best to email us anytime: buses@wheels.co.uk giving us full details of the itinerary with location addresses, times and other full requirements, we will then respond with our comprehensive costing document - something you can rely on to be provided in style.  

  THE BIGGEST RANGE of  Vehicles For Hire -
  for your Special Occasions



Top Photo: D9 "best remembered" double decker bus on a Private Hire running between Bosworth Hall Hotel to local railway stations after a conference with foreign nationals. The red double decker - a great British icon. 
Above Photo: One of our smart new Leyland Royal Tiger Doyen Coaches on tour in Worcestershire.

WHEELS Museum of Transport Heritage project operates the classic buses and coaches which represent Midland Red.

We bring you the biggest range of vehicles for just about any special occasion. Anything from our most popular bus the unique vintage Charabanc, and  our very smart Midland Red D9 red double decker,  to our "Wheels Pioneer" single decker coach which is in the Red and Black traditional Midland Red coach livery too. We also have examples of traditional Leyland Titan PD2 double decker - in the livery of the old Stratford Blue Motor Services - itself owned by Midland Red since the 1930's. Leyland Leopard coaches (one with Wheelchair Lift) and two modern looking Leyland Royal Tiger coaches which you will often see operating our Heritage Day Trip programme and Private Hire duties -  these examples are rapidly becoming "modern" classics.

All are available for Hire in the Midlands, for your group day trips with experienced, professional and uniformed Drivers to help your day out go well.

  Vintage Buses & Coaches for Hire !
WHEELS /  Midland Red Coaches have a number of unique buses and coaches available for Hire for Special Occasions.

A Big Red Double Decker 
FOR HIRE in the Midlands !

See the COACH HIRE pages for full details of this and other vehicles Wheelchair Accessible coaches and our unique vintage Midland Red Charabanc

  More about us....
Wheels is a transport themed specialist bus & coach company

For information on our vintage and specialist BUSES & COACHES visit out Coach Hire pages. Also see Our Vehicles for photos and details of our fleet of unique and unusual vehicles.

We are experts in our field of bus and coach operation and have many years experience in the people moving business.

Our business is inextricably linked with transport nostalgia, and our Wheels Museum of Transport looks after the vintage fleet and has a large collection of transport memorabilia which has been collected over many years and strongly reflects the history of Midland Red.  We have also just secured TWO brand new 1940 Midland Red uniforms and we now have a Mannequin model dressed as a 1940's Conductress too! We are looking for ANY Midland Red memorabilia, photo's or films. Please contact us if you can help.

  The Midland Red Concert Orchestra

We are urgently looking for any information on The Midland Red Concert Orchestra and Midland Red Choir.  This part of the Midland Red history is not well documented, we are anxious to have details of the Orchestra and Choir make-up, and any film, photographs or memories that anyone may have.

The orchestra performed in various places such as Town Halls, and especially around the time of the Midland Red Tour Brochure launches. The Company would visit towns and Cities in the area, present a film show of the latest tours, and the Midland Red Concert Orchestra and Choir would provide the musical entertainment.

We would like to recreate The Midland Red Concert Orchestra - any help or ideas would be welcomed.

Please contact us by email buses@wheels.co.uk

  Midland Red Centenary Print
WHEELS / Midland Red Coaches have produced a special run of just  500 Limited Edition Centenary Prints. These special large A2 sized canvas laid 170gsm paper prints show ten famous Midland Red buses and the men who made them. The print is provided in a strong card postal tube - either collect from our shop or by post. 24.99
See our shop page for further details

  LOCAL TOURISM SUPPORT GROUPS -
  Northern Warwickshire, Tamworth, Hinckley & Bosworth 



Photos: D9 bus in the Old Market Place, Bedworth / NWTA members Trip to Atherstone and Polesworth departs from Bedworth Civic Hall / Midland Red Tour stopping at Middleton Hall near Tamworth.

Midland Red are strong supporters of local Tourism, and were amongst the founder members of the Northern Warwickshire Tourism Association, a group made up of local businesses including Accommodation providers, Attractions, Museums, Restaurants, Shops and specialist businesses.  Similar groups in surrounding areas cover Hinckley & Bosworth and Tamworth,

Midland Red Coaches are always pleased to help and participate in the group's aims and projects and urge anyone who does business within or around the above areas to make enquiries to ascertain the value and benefit for your individual business. Joining empowers you and increases the awareness of your business to others.

By joining, you are in good company too - local members include Mallory Park, Bedworth Civic Hall,  Bosworth Battlefield, Leathermill Grange, Hoar Park shopping and craft village, Polesworth Abbey, Middleton Hall, Dobbies, Planters, Griff House Hotel, George Eliot Fellowship, Sketchley Grange Hotel, Drayton Manor, Twycross Zoo, Shakerstone Steam Railway, Hinckley Island Hotel,  and a host of high quality accommodation providers. There's also a Brewery, quality pubs and places to eat. The groups also have the support of the area's mayors and Town Centre Partnerships too.

See the website which covers your area:
Hinckley & Bosworth Tourism information at:
www.visithinckleyandbosworth.co.uk
Northern Warwickshire Tourism at:
www.visitnorthernwarwickshire.com
and Tamworth Area
http://visittamworth.co.uk

 

 

Wheels/Midland Red Coaches are proud to support the UK Bus Awards.  We provide prizes of our Limited Edition Midland Red Centenary prints and a place on our Gold Midland Red Bus Driver Experience Days.

Transaid, the international UK development charity who benefit from their involvement with the awards help to improve Bus Driving standards in Africa and the developing world. 

 Check Out these Latest Updates!

Recent updates of this web site: updated: 2nd August 2014
 COACH HIRE pages:
  • Our Charabanc in second series of BBC Drama - The Village
  • Midland Red CINE FILM wanted for new project
  • 2012 TORCH RUNS using Midland Red.
  • Coach as TV Studio in Rock City Nottingham.
  • Making a difference - a birthday special experience. See our Buses for Pleasure page.
  • New images of latest Weddings and Civil Parnerships
  • Another George Eliot Tour - see our latest news page
  • Midland Red TV appearance - Priceless Antiques Roadshow
  • Highway to Heaven - Double Decker on Funeral Run.
  • Corporate Visitors from Europe - see buses for business page.
  • Advertise on our BIG Red Double-Decker Bus.
  • We can Talk to your Group all about the fascinating history of the once empire-like Midland Red - "Bigger than you ever imagined" and now five shorter talks. New for 2014 - individual tickets available for some talks in various Midland locations.
 BUSES FOR PLEASURE pages:
  • Something very different - Our Bus Driver Experience Day  Available all year round. See some of our customer letters
  • A Birthday dream for David - a Leicester bus Enthusiast
  • More new Midland Red Talks announced.

  WEDDING TRANSPORT  - Our speciality !

Days to Remember.

Of course and as you would probably expect, we operate a wide and diverse range of bus and coach hire work, especially Heritage and Nostalgia based, but we also offer unusual transport ideas for funerals, Weddings, Anniversaries and corporate and tourism work,  but our Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are often taken up operating meticulously planned transport for Weddings.

Fridays and Sundays are now seen as alternative days for Celebrations, sometimes more convenient, but often a lower cost alternative - yet still enjoying the same facilities and services as more traditional Saturday Celebrations.

See our Weddings and Partnerships page for more pictures of our Wedding and Civil Partnership ceremonies.

Email your Wedding and Civil Partnership transport enquiries together with any ideas you have which you would like to include on your special day

buses@wheels.co.uk 




  Britain in Bloom - The City of Birmingham!

Midland Red is a name very close to the hearts of many people in and around Birmingham - after all, Midland Red's 'proper' name was The Birmingham and Midland Motor Omnibus Company.

We are proud to be involved with the Second City in the tours we operate in Birmingham, but especially at Britain in Bloom time, when our unique Charabanc is often used to transport the Judges around the floral sites of this great City.

It is wonderful to see so many admirers when we bring our classic vehicles to Birmingham, and especially enjoyable to talk to the many ex-Midland Red employees who so often come to tell us a story from "the good old days" 

Photos: The Chara dressed perfectly for the occasion! / Birmingham's ambassadors check everything is ready / Two of the Judges pose by the Chara during a break from judging.



  Bye-Bye Digbeth !

Saturday 17th November 2007 was a sad day for all Midland Red enthusiasts as yet another ex Midland Red depot  disappears. Digbeth Coach Station closure was a media event with live music, speeches and fireworks, and a display of classic buses and coaches.

See our photo slideshow of this special event, and a fuller story on our Latest News page.

  Phone and Messages

To get a costing for a Private Hire please email with full details  - call us in emergency only  07582 532133  (1000-1600hrs Monday to Friday).
Do bear in mind that we are all out on busy Saturday Wedding Hires so the phone may not always be manned. 
Email is the best method of contact. We don't offer quotes over the telephone, but will give an exact price in our comprehensive costing document by email once the itinerary detail is known and finalised. As you would expect, we never guess any detail for such special occasions.  Go to our Coach Hire pages to see more of what we can do.
Each of our vehicles have different prices for hire, and in your costing document you will usually be offered a choice of vehicles according to suitability and availability for the time slot required.

To Hire one of our vintage buses and coaches for a special occasion, please email us with full details of date, times and full address of all places to: buses@wheels.co.uk 

See our COACH HIRE pages for additional details

SPECIALIST VEHICLES for SPECIAL OCCASIONS

  Coach Hire and Advice

Our exciting and unique vintage and specialist fleet of buses and coaches cover most of the Midlands area and are available for selected Private Hire duties.

If you have a special occasion - a Wedding, Civil Partnership, a special Birthday or Anniversary, or want to organise a special day out or a Mystery Tour - email us.

We can help with planning itineraries, all styles of Wedding and even Funeral Transport arrangements too.

Just  email us at  buses@wheels.co.uk

  Other offers

Antique Telephones For Sale
A range of unusual and collectable telephones -some original railway items!

We also have railway oil paintings and other memorabilia.

 

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