New ‘NATIONAL’ coach head rest covers purchased

Whilst waiting for CRG163 to be inspected a little addition has been picked up today in the shape of new ‘NATIONAL’ coach head rest covers as used back in the day with grateful thanks to Andy Hamer and Grahame Wareham.

CRG163 didn’t carry such head rest covers when in service with Crosville unlike other bus/coach companies of the time but a nice addition.

Speaking with Grahame in more detail to better understand the origins of the head rest covers he commented as follows:

These were a brand new pack of covers and were packed as a bus set as at that time.....1980!!......the RE and Leopard coaches at COMS (The City of Oxford Motor Services) were all 49 seaters. After that period all new headrest covers had the '190' logo on them for the Oxford-London service and the later Tigers were 51 seaters. 

I remember the lady cleaners used to have their own washing machine to take care of all the covers but what you have are an unused new pack.”

My grateful thanks to Grahame for providing the covers as well as the history behind them!

The history of ‘The City of Oxford Motor Services’ is available by clicking HERE.

Grahame now has two historical connections with CRG163.  First of all the provision of the head rest covers as well as the fantastic photograph he took of CRG163 back in April 1973, seen below.

Below is Grahame Wareham’s photograph of CRG163 in service back in 1973 in Oxford.

CRG163 at Gloucester Green, Oxford in April 1973, heading home to Liverpool on the X1 service from London.