On 06 March 1970, CRG163 is first registered by Crosville Motor Services in the company’s beautiful cream & black coaching livery with four illuminated side panels each side of the vehicle. CRG163 would be based at the company’s Liverpool Edge Lane depot from new, allocated to the company’s prestigious Liverpool - London services.
The vehicle’s side illuminated side panels would display ‘Crosville - Coach - Liverpool - London’.
Crosville coverage in its ’Crosville United’ employee magazine
The following are extracts from the company’s employee magazine ‘Crosville United’. The first image relates to the company’s introduction of the elegant Bristol RELH/ECW Series 2 Mark 1 coach back in 1964.
The second image relates to the upcoming delivery of the batch of coaches to Crosville in 1970 which included CRG163 (CRG160 - CRG164).
The third image is introduction of CRG163 within the batch of four vehicles delivered ranging from CRG160 to CRG164.
The fourth image is an article produced by Crosville about their Bristol RE’s.
Crosville X1, X2, X18, X61 Coach Timetables: Liverpool - London
The following is the Crosville timetable leaflets of the time for the prestigious X1, X2, X18 and X61 services as advertised and operated between 01 October 1969 and 31 May 1970. When entering service on 06 March 1970, CRG163 would have entered service with Crosville operating the immediate timetable below between Liverpool and London.
The X1 service would take 10.5 hours from Liverpool to London serving many stops including Chester Delamere Street, Brownhills, Birmingham, Stratfod-On-Avon and Oxford
The X61 service would take 7 hours from Liverpool to London serving far fewer stops than the X1. On serving Runcorn Bus Station the X61 would then operate to Hendon via the M6 and M1, hence the route number being X61.
The following is the X1 and X61 timetable from 01 June and 30 September 1970.
The following timetable is that of the X2 daily service between Liverpool and London via Birkenhead, Ellesmere Port, Chester and Crewe which would also have been operated by CRG163 and similar coaches of the time.
Crosville Liverpool Edge Lane staff
So often missed is remembering the valued staff behind the wheel and behind the scenes in ensuring that the buses and coaches operated as scheduled and in all weather. Below is a fantastic photograph which was taken by Mike Lambden (Crosville/National Express retired) in 1970 of such valuable staff standing in front of a Crosville CRG. The drivers in the photograph would have driven CRG163 between Liverpool and London as well as other destinations.
Other similar coaches to CRG163 - London bound
The following images are of similar coaches to CRG163 operating the coach service between Liverpool and London in the original and beautiful Crosville cream and black livery. The black and white images are so evocative with the image of CRG109 in Crewe below demonstrates the livery in colour.