Welcome to WHEELS HERITAGE - Classic Buses and Coaches.
Last updated: 22nd January 2013
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WELCOME TO WHEELS and MIDLAND RED COACHES
You will quickly see that we are no ordinary bus and coach operator!
Wheels/Midland Red Coaches is a specialist organisation operating a range of traditional and stylish vintage buses and classic coaches to suit most occasions. WHEELS / Midland Red Coaches is based in the central Midlands and operates over an approximate fifty mile radius of Hinckley, Nuneaton, Coventry and Rugby areas. We obviously make some exceptions to this according to specific itineraries, but we do have to limit the mileages of our classic coaches to ensure that they have a long retirement. We travel anywhere in the UK for TV and Film work which we wish to be involved in. For all work, we cover areas of the midlands including Hinckley, Leicester, Coventry, Bedworth, Nuneaton, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Kenilworth, Stratford upon Avon, Coleshill and North Warwickshire, Rugby, Tamworth, Lichfield, Birmingham, and in fact most of the East Midlands and West Midlands area.
Our vehicles are suitable for most occasions: a stylish Wedding with white ribbons and flowers, an important product launch, a trip to the zoo, a Stately Home, or a day at the local races watching the horses from the elevated position of our open sided Charabanc or from the top of one of our double deckers; a simple transfer to the airport, or the transport for an entire conference. Recapture those lazy afternoons on a nostalgic Mystery Tour, or we could be simply providing vehicles for important railway replacement services during the rebuilding of our railway network. We can provide buses for Television and Film makers - our patient and uniformed Drivers and crews are used to long or difficult shoots - and interesting buses for transport rallies or carnivals or village fates. We can even provide transport arrangements for funerals too. Whether it be a plain and simple journey or whether you need us to organise highly complex arrangements - We've organised the transport for the largest carol service for disabled people with over 3500 visitors to Coventry Cathedral requiring specialist transport. Every journey is special, and every arrangement deserving the best in care and attention to detail, and organised by professionals with many years of experience in the business.
We also offer amazing Bus Driver Experience Days, where you can arrange to come and Drive a Classic Bus and spend a day at our 1950's style Midland Red Bus Driver Training School. This is also good for groups and Corporate Days and Team Building, and these group and corporate days can be specially organised at a time to suit.
Although the bus and coach interests of WHEELS / Midland Red Coaches go back a long way, our staff themselves have even more years of experience with some of the biggest and best companies in the people-moving industry. So often today, in all types of business, people with little or no product knowledge and precious little experience offer you second rate service. Wheels / Midland Red Coaches staff have practical skills and an in-depth knowledge gained from years of hands-on experience, to give you confidence and peace of mind. In preparation for the Midland Red Centenary and in view of our past connections with the Company and its successors we were successful in buying the Midland Red Coaches company and name, and subsequently having three vehicle types in our care which operated for Midland Red including our famous D9 double decker and a unique charabanc with origins dating from 1929. 2006 brought another cause for celebration when our famous BMMO D9 had its 40th Birthday Party.
Today we have both ancient and modern looking classic vehicles to suit most Private Hire events, Weddings, Funerals, Extended Tours, Holidays and Day Trips out, and of course our famous Bus Driver Experience Days where you can come along and learn the basics of driving British made classic Buses and Coaches.
PRIVATE HIRE to get costing information:
If you call us and we are all driving or with customers, we may not be able to answer calls, - don't worry, it is always better for you to enquire about our special coach hire service by email. This gives us the opportunity to give you lots of useful and important information for you and your fellow passengers to best help your transport arrangements run as smoothly as possible on the day. Please give us full details of your itinerary with addresses and times. As we work with many different types of special occasions we dont do 'rough' prices but give exact costs based on 'real' information. All of our costings are date, journey and time specific. We will get back to you as soon as possible if we can help. For example if you are planning wedding transport take a look at our Weddings and Partnerships page where in the text you will see the minimum information we require to offer our costs. Our costing document which we send when we have the full information is very comprehensive and its information is based on our many years of experience in operating high profile and special private coach hire. The full document is then signed and returned to us with a deposit to make a reservation based on the information it contains. This system is precise and has worked well for more than twenty years - this should give you peace of mind, knowing that we ask the right questions to get enough knowledge of your days arrangements to enable our many years of experience and expertise in classic coach transport to play out on the day.
Our Midland Red history talks are very popular with meeting groups and organisations and as after dinner entertainment.
Midland Red - Bigger than you ever imaged! With over one hundred years of public transport tradition, social history, vehicle engineering, development and manufacture, and a big employer - it's a fascinating story. We have a range of talks suitable for afternoon or evening meetings or as an after-dinner attraction. Contact us for talks at: firstname.lastname@example.org
URGENT - Anything "Midland Red" on cine film WANTED.
Anyone with cine film of any format showing any aspect of Midland Red - their buses and coaches, the garages or works, the Staff, the Midland Red Orchestra or Choir, in fact anything Midland Red - please get in touch !
We have assembled the basis of a new documentary which will show many aspects of The friendly Midland Red and the people who made it the most exciting and second-largest bus company in the UK. We would also like to talk to / interview any ex Midland Red staff of any rank who started work for the company up until 1980. We will arrange to come to your area to talk to you and record your memories at a convenient time. We have an opportunity to record the memories of the last generation of Midland Red workers - please help us to keep the memories of Midland Red for future generations to enjoy.
We particularly want to speak with Engineers; any workers from Central Works or Midland House, or Bearwood; Motorway Express Coach Drivers, and members of the Midland Red Concert Orchestra,
Please email Ashley or George on email@example.com or call 02476 633624 or 077 3388 4914
"PATS ON THE BACK".
Since the late 1920's Midland Red had some form of Staff Magazine called The Staff Bulletin. It was a free magazine each month which was part of the excellent Midland Red propaganda machine. The front page usually had a letter from the General Manager outlining the Company's acheivements and its requirements. Inner pages consisted of a mix of articles on ex members of staff, historical notes on long serving employees, the latest information on Midland Red 'BMMO' made buses and coaches, then a selection of articles from the regular correspondents from local garages around the Midland Red empire. These outlined sports and social club and inter-garage activities, The back page always was given over to an array of complimentary letters received from happy customers in a feature entitled "Pats on the Back". Sadly the Staff Bulletin was discontinued in the 1970's, It was continued in a weak form by the various companies after the Midland Red split into six parts, but faded somewhat over the years. Propaganda doesn't work the same way these days!
However, it is still very much appreciated to receive letters from our customers and passengers in recent times. It's great to see a little bit of the old Midland Red magic and good service being admired and appreciated by so many people today.
You can read many other "Pats on the Back" letters dotted around the various pages of our website - enjoy reading them.
Now - An "Ambush" of Tigers.
The latest addition to our varied fleet of British designed and built buses and coaches is another modern classic - it now enables larger groups to hire two identical coaches, and while our unique 25-seat Charabanc sits right at the start of the heyday of British coaching, our modern looking Leyland Royal Tiger Doyen vehicles represent the last model from the famous Leyland stable and a true British classic.
Leyland named most of their commercial models after large animals, and many of their coaches were named after big cats! Usually on-board is our five foot long Tiger model, complete with crown to signify the coach's model name: The Leyland 'Royal' Tiger.
You can read all about it on our Latest News page.
BUS ADVERTISING - a novel way to get noticed !
Advertising on buses is a great medium for promoting your brand, business, or product. However, advertising on a classic Midland Red double decker bus has not only the benefit of giving you a totally flexible package, but getting your advert in many photographs and being seen by most people wherever the buses go!
Nearly everyone notices a classic bus, and in our case a lot of people have a nostalgic feeling for the old Midland Red, giving your advert prime position.
Wherever the bus goes, so does your advert. The images above give some examples, Pic 1 was taken in Atherstone, Pic 2 was taken in Sileby, Pic 3 was taken in Malvern. If you have a promotions day, your advert and bus can be on hand to strengthen your image and brand, can be used in the actual product launch, and can bring in special clients/visitors - in fact it's an incredibly versatile and flexible way to advertise.
Steve Knight of Steven Knight Photography, a long time Midland Red enthusiast and a supporter of our organisation offered a sponsorship deal for the Midland Red D9 to hold adverts that hadn't been seen for over 30 years. Besides using the bus for special tours and enthusiast trips, recreating the past also presents an opportunity for the buses to be used in Film and Television recreations.
Most of our vehicles are able to be used for promotions. Our classic WHEELS Pioneer coach was used recently by a TV company, and as a studio for interviewing pop groups while out on location. Branding on the external windows was used for promoting Fred Perry clothing. A red double decker is a good choice for promoting "Summer Holiday" and three theatre and amateur dramatic groups have taken advertising on the bus and used the bus for photoshoots for promoting ticket sales.
Your bus advertising can be tailored to your exact requirements and the bus can be taken to any suitable Midlands location to promote your product periodically during the term of your advertising.
PROMS 2012 - It's now time to start booking your PROM by Midland Red Charabanc
Well, not just our Charabanc, but that vehicle is usually in highest demand. Here are some of our recent Prom events - they are certainly all special and make for a unique photo opportunity. We do limit the mileages on some of our vehicles, so do email your enquiries to us so that we can see your requirements. The information we need for costing your prom run is: the start address (where everyone will be getting on), and probably the location for your photoshoot with everyone in their fine dress; the address of the Prom event; and the time you wish to arrive at the Prom.
We normally arrive at the start address an hour prior to the Prom start. This gives time for photographs, a ride around on the way to the Prom, and then more photographs if you require them at the Prom on arrival.
Midland Red D9 gets a new coat of paint
Our famous Midland Red D9 double decker bus is now just forty six years old and was last painted in 1999. Whilst the old paint was still shiny, there were areas including the roof which needed attention. The opportunity came along when Steve Knight of Steven Knight Photography offered a sponsorship deal for the D9 to be given a livery not seen for nearly thirty years - still a red bus, but now with decals from the late 1960's period and currently the only one currently running with this style of livery.
A date was chosen when there was a long enough period without
a diary booking for this specific vehicle. As this is our most
popular bus, it was decided to combine the MOT preparation time and paintshop
time to make best use of available time. A slot was found with BusCare Warwicks
for the application of the paint. Original fleetname, numbers and legal
lettering decals were then applied by a contractor for Midland Red Coaches. Then the MOT test followed -
and everything worked to plan. The bus had the benefit of engineering care by Marco
Serafini our Engineer and Anthony Parsons his assistant. Although Anthony is too
young to remember D9's in service, he really enjoyed working on 5415 and proudly
took it for its MOT test. Marco, himself a vehicle enthusiast and classic car specialist
is an ex Midland Red employee.
To celebrate its new and fresh look, a special excursion was arranged covering some old Midland Red routes which were regularly run by D9's. The Excursion ran on Sunday 8th May and operated in conjunction with Steven Knight Photography. 5415 our D9 started in Hinckley on the old 658 Leicester to Coventry service and ran via Nuneaton and Bedworth. On arrival in Coventry the service changed to 518 Coventry To Stratford upon Avon. A leisurely journey with photo opportunities en-route ran via Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Barford, Wellesbourne, Charlecote, and Stratford. The bus was met in Stratford by J.P. Addenbrook, ex Eastern area Divisional Manager of Midland Red from the 1960's and 70's era. The bus returned via the old Midland Red 590 and 658 services.
To mark this special occasion and the repainting of the D9, Steven Knight Photography has produced a limited edition souvenir Guidebook of the day. This 28 page publication has an array of colour pictures covering the whole day, and includes a section of internal shots showing many of the passengers on board this special excursion. This new souvenir book is available directly from Steven Knight Photography and is priced at £7.95
Contact Steven Knight Photography
Midland Red Coaches operate the West Midlands Show Shuttle
Midland Red vehicles were seen around Shrewsbury in May, for the first time in nearly 15 years when a BMMO D9 and Leyland Leopard coach were used to operate between Shrewsbury town centre and the Showground for the weekend. Midland Red's successor Arriva plan a move to new premises shortly and the old traditional bus garage will be lost, so a great opportunity was taken to see what will possibly be the last BMMO (Midland Red) made bus in the depot along with the latest Arriva vehicle peering from the original garage doorways. Thanks to Arriva management and staff for making this photograph possible!
Charabanc leads Birmingham Pride event
Our Midland Red Charabanc was the lead vehicle to parade the streets of our second city, through the Birmingham Pride street parade on Saturday 28th May.
Dignitarys included Birmingham's own Clare Short and the MP for Birmingham Yardley in a full bus of Patrons and VIP visitors. Following a send off from the Lord Mayor, the Charabanc lead the carnival of nearly 20 other decorated floats. Thousands of onlookers watched from the entire length of the spectacular 90 minute parade which ended in Hurst Street where a two day festival of music and events was underway. It's an important event in Birmingham's calendar and worth around £10m to the city's economy.
George Eliot Tour by Midland Red Charabanc
In May our unique Charabanc operated another of John Burton's special George Eliot Tours in Nuneaton. These are fully inclusive all-day tours as part of a weekend spent soaking up the heritage, nostalgia and readings of this famous local novelist. The George Eliot Fellowship host a number of these tours which starts from Griff House the former home of Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot), and visits locations from her novels such as Red Deeps, Astley Church, Arbury Hall, South Farm, and Coton Church. A visit to nearby Astley Book Farm provided a welcome coffee break with time to view some of the thousands of books available. An excellent buffet lunch was arranged in the Astley Reading Room, an old building provided in 1914 by the Newdigate family for the improvement in education of local people.The Charabanc provided an exciting vehicle to visit locations on this tour which started around 10.30am and ended around 6.30pm.
If you would like to have a private George Eliot tour for your group, complete with expert on board guide, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Co-Op Promotion with Midland Red
In May, our Booking Agents in Bedworth "CoOp Travel", hosted a Coaching event at their Bedworth CoOp store to promote Coach Holidays and Coach Day Trips. Midland Red Coaches took along the Leyland Royal Tiger Doyen to display in the pedestrian area.
Daytrips for 2012 from Midland Red - dates now online.
See our Excursions page for more details and a downloadable brochure.
The WHEELS fleet of buses and coaches is picked from a fine pedigree of traditional British names - Leyland, BMMO, Bristol, AEC. These were once the foundation of the British bus and coach industry. Well engineered, rugged and reliable, most were the classic British heavyweight designs. In fact all our fleet is of British design and manufacture ! Not many companies can say that these days !
It goes without saying that our fleet is well maintained, and that our vehicles are driven by properly licenced, experienced and smartly uniformed drivers, and our vehicles are correctly insured for operating for hire. Our vehicles also carry the blue operators' licence disc in the windscreen in addition to the normal tax disc. It has been known for some vintage bus owners to hire out their vehicles without an operators' licence and without correct insurance which puts their unsuspecting passengers at serious risk.
What do you know about The Midland Red? We can talk to your Group.
Midland Red was once the largest bus company in the country outside of London. Midland Red not only operated buses over a large area of the country, but they both designed and built their own vehicles. They were always the talk of the other manufacturers as the Midland Red designs were so advanced.
They were also a very large employer, and had a big family feel, with a wide social side with inter-garage events. The manufacturing plant in Birmingham was one of the most advanced in Europe. The once vast Midland Red is no more, and what is left is a shadow of its former self. But what happened? Why was it called "Midland Red"? Why didn't it buy buses instead of making its own ?
If you are part of a regular meeting group who have, or would like, day trips out, and need a speaker for your guests, Midland Red Coaches can help. We can arrange for Ashley, one of our senior team to speak to your meeting. The talk is suited to any type of group as it can be tailored to your audience. A small charge is made depending upon the location etc.
Get in touch with us to make further enquiries. Email us at email@example.com or call Ashley on 077 3388 4914
Womens Institute celebrate their 90 years with a period Charabanc Ride and Afternoon Tea.
Probably the best dressed "costumed" Charabanc group we have taken out! The driver gave a short history talk about Midland Red on arrival.
Newbold Pacey and Ashorne Womens Institute celebrated their 90th Birthday in July and enjoyed a ride around South Warwickshire including Warwick and Royal Leamington Spa. Those not lucky enough to be on board waved and grasped for their phone cameras to catch the moment as we went along the Parade in Leamington Spa.
Then it was back to Ashorne for the four eldest members to lead the party between WI base and Ashorne Hall in a horse and trap for Afternoon Tea. Then after cucumber sandwiches and special WI celebration cake it was back on the Chara for a ride back to the village.
Ashorne Hall was once the family home of Colonel May of matches fame (Bryant and May) and was later commandeered during the war years and after, and is now the training centre for what was once British Steel (Corus).
An extract of a letter from the WI who hired the bus:
On behalf of Newbold Pacey and Ashorne WI, I would like to thank you for giving us such a splendid afternoon out.
Everyone enjoyed the informative talk on this history of Midland Red, and the interesting information you gave to us as we rode around Warwick and Leamington. The smiles on peoples faces when they saw the Charabanc was wonderful to behold.
This will be the highlight of your year, and will be talked about for many months to come.
More customers' letters can be found on our Buses for Business and Buses for Pleasure page
BBC use our D9 for Breakfast time Reports.
You can read all about it on our Latest News page.
Weddings and our classic buses
We have had a pleasing Spring with Weddings and Partnerships in our classic buses and coaches.
Check out lots more information on our Weddings and Partnerships page.
Midland Red Coaches help promote local Tourism
Midland Red Coaches are "local" to most areas in the Midlands, but as our customers know, we always try to visit places not instantly recognisable as tourism destinations yet have lots to offer - none more than North Warwickshire and surrounding areas. WHEELS Midland Red Coaches are members of Northern Warwickshire Tourism Association which is an independant organisation made up of lots of small businesses promoting the area to both locals and visitors - and always coming up with something new!
Recently our Double Decker D9 did a scenic and guided tour of Nuneaton and Bedworth - not your usual tourist hotspots, yet enthralling all those on board with an expert guide John Burton, giving lots of unknown facts about this area and its famous people including George Eliot. On board were some NWTA members and Mayors of Nuneaton and Bedworth and North Warwickshire.
Welcome to 2009 - Spring is Here !
We have had an interesting Winter Season. December was busier than usual. We operated some trips to drive through the festive lights of various Midlands towns which went rather well, and our Day Trips were all busy especially those favourites like Worcester and Ludlow which are now very popular annual events.
Our Midland Red Travel Club is going from strength to strength with some customers buying Membership for their friends as part of their Christmas Present - a great and useful idea.
We have been visiting some Groups and Residential Homes in our operating area, giving talks on the Midland Red and our Travel Club; a small fee is levied and subsequently groups which join our Club have the fee deducted from the first of any coach hire charge plus pick ups at the door!
Our 2009 Day Trip leaflet has the information on prices which Travel Club members pay, and there are lots of great discounts on most of our trips. You can print off your own copy from the excursions and events page by clicking the highlighted link above.
077 3388 4914 - This number gets directly to us, but if we are engaged or with clients, you will be able to leave a message and we can return your call, but please leave your name, number and more importantly a message so that we can get back to you with some accurate information. You can Book Day Trips, Private Hire etc by telephone and pay by Card, or by Cheque just as normal. We look forward to hearing from you.
There were more Winter Weddings than usual too - in locations including Coleshill, Birmingham, and Berkeswell, as well as some Corporate Private Hire bookings - some as far afield as Cambridge.
Then 2009 introduced itself with the weather we thankfully only get every eighteen or twenty years. But unlike London's red buses, our Midland Red classics carried on serving our customers.
See some of our winter work in pictures below
|Angie's 70th Birthday event was set in the Derbyshire countryside just outside Ashbourne. Passengers braved the frosty day for a 1920's style Charabanc ride, picking up the Birthday Girl on the way for a celebration meal||Janis (in the yellow top) and friends set off from home to take a vintage Midland Red D9 bus ride into Worcester for a special Sunday Lunch with wonderful food and a surprise when one of the diners took the microphone and gave a singing rendition to complete the event.||The classic Bristol RE coach and our red D9 double decker were far away from home in Cambridge on a Corporate Hire performed for a London company. The lunch was held in a University Hall, with guest speaker Michael Portillo.|
On the Left: A D9 in the heart of Worcester on a
sleety afternoon taking guests and friends of the Birthday Girl out for a very
special Sunday Lunch Bash.
On the Right: An S23 temporarily parked in our car park at our depot and making a seasonal postcard picture.
Midland Red continued to operate in the snow...
These were really tough conditions - snow covering the entire front of the bus with the driver having to get out regularly and clean snow from the windscreen.
An extract of a letter from the Customer who hired the bus:
Great Fun on our "Limited Edition"
After many requests, this year we included a small number of our 2008 Day Trips using our open-sided unique Charabanc. These were a great success and we have decided to make these tours a feature of our future programmes.
The South Warwickshire Countryside Tour will feature the Charabanc in future. This leisurely tour visits such places as Stoneleigh Abbey, Kenilworth, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwick, then travels eastwards via Offchurch, and then on the Roman Fosse Way to Hunningham Hill where we make a stop at Hill Top Farm. This is a farm with a countryside shop, selling all manner of locally produced food, including a great selection of breads, fresh meat and vegetable produce, pickles and chutneys. Further inside you will discover their Eatery - the quality of food here is excellent, and is fresh from the farm-shop next door! You will find a range of hot and cold dishes, and the sandwiches are a meal in themselves too! Then from here it's back home via a ride around the country lanes.
THIS TOUR CAN ALSO BE ARRANGED FOR PRIVATE GROUPS using the Charabanc or any of our other classic vehicles. The route may vary depending on your place of origin. Please email us to discuss details.
We are here for all your Midland Red Coaches Bus and Coach Hire enquiries and bookings, Day Trips
out, Wedding Transport, Weekend Breaks, Turkey & Tinsel, traditional Coach
Cruise Holidays by GrandUK, Wheelchair Access Coach, Classic Funeral Transport. And for Group
Organisers - we can make your life easier and your group
members' day out enjoyable. Get in touch - by email us - firstname.lastname@example.org
or by calling 02476 633624
Charabanc Summoned to Lichfield Cathedral
Special permission was granted to our Charabanc to park in the main entrance of Lichfield's beautiful Cathedral. It was for a outing to celebrate a special birthday of the Arch Deacon of the Cathedral.
After picking up in The Close, unsuspecting family members were waiting at the outlying bus stops en-route, unaware that our unique Charabanc was coming to pick them up. At each bus stop the passengers were welcomed aboard and were shocked to see their head of family sitting happily on the front seat!
When the Arch Deacon was in his late teens he worked for a coach company in northern Staffordshire, so was able to tell the Driver some tales of how it was in the Good Old Days.
First stop was Trentham Gardens for Lunch, followed by a ride around some old haunts, then it was on to Shugborough Hall for Afternoon Tea.
It really was a splendid day - and perfect Charabanc weather was ordered too. How could He refuse?
We operate various Tours and Day Trips to Lichfield - a
perfect opportunity to visit the Cathedral. This tour (and similar tours)
can also be arranged for Private Groups, using the Charabanc or any
of our other classic vehicles. The route may vary depending on your place
of origin. Please discuss this with us.
PART TIME DRIVERS
If you have previously worked as a bus or coach driver and would like to help us occasionally on our Heritage, Tour, Excursion and Private Hire work, please contact us and get our Application Form. We will be keen to hear from you if you are a good communicator, are absolutely reliable, of good character and get on well with customers and of course have a good driving record and can demonstrate that you can care for our buses and coaches, and our passengers.
Don't forget to check regularly by clicking Latest News section.
ADVERTISING ON OUR BUSES -- FOR BUSINESS - If you are in business why not consider advertising on our buses, We have internal and external advertising spaces on some of our attractive buses and coaches, all at very reasonable prices. The income assists us with our restorations projects and the advertising exposure brings new opportunities to you. We can design in conjunction with you, produce and fit the adverts for a time to suit your business. Our buses stand out, and everyone notices a vintage bus. It's a great idea for product launches too. Speak to us soon!Wheels Coach Hire - Excursions Tours and Events
BUSES FOR BUSINESS - Conferences, Exhibitions, Hotel Transfers, Tourist Services, TV and Films, Park & Ride, Railway Replacement Services.
BUSES FOR PLEASURE - Weddings, Anniversaries, Theatre Trips, Mystery Tours, Transport Rallies, Carnivals, Excursions, Holidays, and lots more!
COACH OPERATORS NOTE:
We can help with your local requirements when you are in the Midlands area. We can often provide a vehicle with driver to help most other bus or coach operators in times of acute shortage, whether this be vehicle breakdown, or your driver needs cover for (RTA) Drivers Hours regulations, or even if you are simply short of a vehicle. WHEELS / Midland Red Coaches are experienced in Local Bus Services as well as Coach Operations, although we normally have an operational radius of around 40-50 miles from start point. We will handle all bus and coach work, and we can arrange Tour Planning, Itineraries, all inclusive hotel accommodation, Guides for specific or general locations, food and refreshments and admissions as necessary. We also work with other respected names in the bus industry if your booking requires other types of buses or coaches which we consider more suitable to your needs - e.g. mass movement etc. We will of course make you aware of any other companies involvement in your travel plans, unless this is made in an emergency. Contact WHEELS / Midland Red Coaches- we will try to help.
We can also help with Driver CPC Training, NVQ's relating to the PSV industry to help your employees both comply with legislation and improve their skills, giving them better self confidence, ability and skills to perform their duties much more professionally. We can also help with the training of Guides, Couriers, Hosts and Hostesses. See if your customers notice the difference !
Have a look through our bus and coach pages where you can see some of our vehicles and read a little about their long and interesting history, see our list of Excursions and Heritage Tours, and do check our Latest News page to find out the up-to-date gossip.
Christmas Cards from Midland Red - GREETINGS TO YOU ALL
Our Midland Red Christmas Cards are always available. The cards are available from us direct via our Online Shop or by post, and are available in packs of 5 cards. The card is large format A5 size and has "Seasons Greetings" on the front, which is repeated as a message on the inside of the card.
Taken from an original oil painting commissioned by Midland Red Coaches, it depicts a traditional and nostalgic British Christmas time scene. It shows traditional red buses from our own classic bus fleet standing outside a snow-covered hostelry, the style of which was typical of those used by the original Midland Red company on their famous Coach Cruise holidays. The scene is completed by the snow capped Royal Mail postbox and the iconic British GPO telephone box.
A Pack of 5 cards are £4.79 plus 0.98p p&p.
You can buy these on our Online Shop, or by ordering by post to Midland Red Coaches, postal office, 23 Broad Street, Brinklow, Warwickshire. CV23 0LS or order and pay over the telephone by debit card - 024 76 633624
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