Classic Coaches Collection / Great British Buses Collection
Great British Coach Collection / Greatest Show On Earth (buses only)
Great British Bus Collection Models -- Great British Coach Collection Model -- Classic Coaches Collection Models
Greatest Show On Earth Bus Models
Atlas Editions advertised a London Transport RTW model in early 2008 via flyers in selected Sunday newspaper supplements, the model was advertised for £1.99 and supplied in an OOC style plastic display case with card outer box bearing both Atlas Editions & Corgi branding. This first version of the RTW doesn't appear to have resulted in any further models being offered to customers who purchased it, so one can only presume either the take up at the time wasn't deemed high enough or the takeover of Corgi by Hornby put the collection on hold.
In early 2010 flyers once again appeared in Sunday supplements and various bus & model magazines, again an RTW model was offered for just £1.99, this at first glance appeared identical to the 2008 version but on closer inspection it was clear this was actually a new version bearing a different registration plate and additional front advertisements. The model was this time supplied in a more basic card box bearing a line drawing of the vehicle, it was however secured to a plastic plinth bearing a description of the model and operator.
Responding to the flyer resulted in delivery of the model and details of seven further items, these were released at the rate of roughly one per month and although the second model was offered at an introductory price of £7.00 further releases were priced at £17.99 including P&P. The second model was also supplied with the following free gifts: Collectors Card Album & 12 Collectors Cards , Best of British Buses DVD, RTW Travel Clock & London Transport Cap Badge.
Atlas Editions eventually issued a total of 31 models in the collection with the last model being issued in November 2012. The models are branded as the Great British Buses Collection and were all based on existing OOC tooling. Apart from the Routemaster which was produced by Corgi, all the other models were manufactured by Atlas Editions themselves using tooling loaned to them by Corgi.
The majority of the models are based on previous OOC releases but with minor alterations such as different registration numbers and route details however a number of the releases bear unique liveries exclusive to this collection. The models are also less detailed compared to standard OOC versions and often lack certain items such as driving mirrors, etched windscreen wipers and many of the smaller decals including some fleet numbers.
The models and packaging don't actually carry any obvious reference codes but a small code is printed on the base of the box. I originally gave the models an unofficial GBBxx code which reflected the order in which the models were actually released, these codes are still shown on the individual bus collection model pages along with the official Atlas Editions Ref numbers.
The release dates shown are the earliest known issue date for each model, in practice dispatch to some customers will have been much later based on the initial application date or variations in the order in which the individual models were dispatched.
All the models were supplied with a four page leaflets containing photographs and details about the particular type of vehicle each model depicts. Collectors' Cards were also supplied with all but the last three models and these could be mounted in the supplied pair of albums.
During early 2013 flyers appeared in some regional TV listing magazines advertising an OOC Burlingham Seagull Coach in Whittle & Sons colours. This is understood to be a test model to gauge whether there is sufficient demand for a possible future Great British Coach Collection of models. The model was dispatched to those who responded to the flyer in the Spring of 2013, along with details of five further models which appeared to include items from OOC, Oxford & EFE ranges. EFE however issued a statement making it clear they had no involvement with these Atlas models.
The first model in this new series was issued in October 2015 and rather than use the existing OOC tooling as with the trial model, a new 1/72 scale tooling was used. At first it appeared all the models in this new collection would be based on 1/72 scale and it would include some of Atlas Editions earlier models released previously in other parts of Europe and new toolings of UK vehicles.
After the first eight 1/72 scale models all the following UK based models were actually based on old 1/76 scale Corgi OOC castings. From model eighteen onwards the series seemed to switch away from true coach vehicles and more onto urban buses types that had previously been issued in the European Bus Collection in other parts of Europe.
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|Vehicle||Operator||Fleet No.||Registration||Route & Destination||Released|
|Great British Bus Collection (1/76 scale)|
|London Transport RTW||London Transport
(First version issued 2008)
|RTW 4||KGK 504||22 Chelsea Worlds End||Spring 08|
|4655 101||London Transport RTW||London Transport
(Second version issued 2010)
|--||KGK 505||22 Chelsea Worlds End||Mar 2010|
|4656 101||London Transport RTW||London Transport
(Third version issued 2010)
|--||KGK 575||22 Chelsea Worlds End||Mar 2010|
|Bristol Lodekkea FS Open Top||Southdown||--||AAP 53B||17 Portslade Stn||Apr 2010|
|4655 103||Bedford OB Coach||Wallace Arnold||--||MUA 346||Scarborough||May 2010|
|4655 104||AEC Q1 Trolleybus||London Transport||1891||LYH 891||657 Hounslow||Aug 2010|
|4 655 105||Leyland PD3 Queen Mary||Southdown||265||BUF 265C||45 Southsea South Parade||Sep 2010|
|4655 106||Daimler CVG6 East Lancs Double Deck Bus||Bradford Corporation||238||EAM 238D||78 Bradford Pudsey||Nov 2010|
|4655 107||AEC Q Double Deck Bus||Cardiff Corporation Transport||30||KG 7750||38 Rhiwbina Deri via Pantbach Rd||Jan 2011|
|4655 108||AEC Routemaster||London Transport||RM 289||VLT 289||268 Clapham Junction||Mar 2011|
|4655 109||Bristol K Double Deck Bus||Western National||895||HOD 22||178 Paignton (Bus Stn.)||Jan 2011|
|4655 110||AEC Regent Weymann Double Deck Bus||Brighton, Hove & District||65||--||42 Circular Old Steine||Feb 2011|
|4655 111||Daimler CWA6 Utility Double Deck Bus||Douglas Corporation Transport||51||FMN 954||28 Victoria Pier||Feb 2011|
|4655 112||BMMO CM5T Motorway Coach||Midland Red||4805||805 HHA||London Motorway Express||May 2011|
|4655 113||Blackpool Balloon Tram||Blackpool||250||--||Fleetwood via Promenade||Mar 2012|
|4655 114||AEC Q Single Deck Bus||Greenline||Q103||CGJ 208||Sunningdale via Victoria||May 2011|
|4655 115||Sunbeam Roe Trolleybus||Teeside Municipal Transport||T294||CPY 288||North Ormesby||May 2011|
|4655 116||Leyland PS1 ECW Single Deck Bus||Western Welsh||856||CUH 856||Merthyr Mawr Rd
|4655 117||Leyland PD2 BMMO Tinfront MCW Orion Double Deck Bus||Lytham St Annes||67||50 NTD||11 Squires Gate Airport||Jul 2011|
|4655 118||Burlingham Seagull Coach||Ribble||940||FCK 440||Scottish Tour||Aug 2011|
|4655 119||Crossley DD42 Double Deck Bus||Leeds City Transport||701||JUB 727||Roundhay / Special||Sep 2011|
|4655 120||Bedford VAL Plaxton Panorama Coach||West Riding||-||EHL 471D||Wakefield||Nov 2011|
|4655 121||Leyland PD2 Roe Double Deck Bus||City of Lincoln||91||SFE 120||9 City||Dec 2011|
|4655 122||Bedford VAL Plaxton Panorama Coach||Hants & Dorset (NBC red/white livery)||2051||CCG 704C||Excursion||Jan 2012|
|4655 123||Blackpool Brush Railcoach||Blackpool (1930's livery)||284||--||Pleasure Beach / Promenade||Feb 2012|
|4655 124||AEC Regent East Lancs Double Deck Bus||St Helens Corporation Transport
(Red & cream livery)
|X199||KDJ 399||309 Southport via Burtonwood & Winwick Road||May 2012|
|4655 125||Feltham Tram||Metropolitan||355||--||21 Holborn||Mar 2012|
|4655 126||BMMO D9 Double Deck Bus||Midland Red||5358||6358 HA||658 Leicester via Nuneaton||May 2012|
|4655 127||Wright Eclipse Gemini Double Deck Bus||Go North East
(Angel of the North Livery)
|3962||NK06 JXB||21 Bishop Auckland via Newcastle||June 2012|
|4655 128||Weymann Trolleybus||Hull Corporation Transport
(Blue/cream Streamline livery)
|1||CRH 925||62B City, Circular via Spring Bk||Jul 2012|
|4 655 129||BET Federation Single Deck Bus||East Yorkshire
(Dark blue & cream dual-purpose livery)
|875||RKH 875G||44 Leeds via Pocklington/York||Aug 2012|
|4655 130||Leyland Lynx Single Deck Bus||Midland Red West||1114||G114 HNP||209 Brierley Hill||Sep 2012|
|4655 131||Leyland Olympian Double Deck Bus||Northern Scottish
(Cream & yellow livery)
|NL01A||OMS 910W||85 OldMeldrum||Nov 2012|
|Great British Coach Collection (1/76 scale)
A single model was produced to test demand for this collection.
During September 2015 Atlas Editions announced a new Classic Coaches Collection which included an almost identical 1/72nd scale model
|4645 101||Burlingham Seagull Coach||JT Whittle & Sons, UK||--||HNT 462||Blackpool||Mar 2013|
|Classic Coaches Collection (1/72 scale unless indicated)
Later model releases in this series included many bus rather than coach type vehicles.
|4642 101||Burlingham Seagull Coach||J.T. Whittle & Sons, UK||--||HNT 462||Blackpool||Oct 2015|
|4642 102||Bedford VAL Plaxton Panorama I Coach||Wallace Arnold Tours, UK||--||JUA 320E||Excursion||Dec 2015|
|4642 103||Bedford OB Duple Vista Coach||Dewsway Tours (Ron W. Dew), UK||--||CUT 465||Private||Jan 2016|
|4642 104||Van Hool T9 Coach||The Kings Ferry, UK||--||R1 KFC||--||Jan 2016|
|4642 105||Kässbohrer Setra S8 Coach||Reisedienst Oberbach||--||AW52-3272||--||Feb 2016|
|4642 106||Saurer L4C Coach||Swiss P.T.T., Switzerland||--||P 23123||Sonderfahrt||Mar 2016|
|4642 107||Henschel 100N Coach||--||--||AH 22-4781||--||Apr 2016|
|4642 108||IFA H6 B Coach||--||--||KN 46-50||Werdau||May 2016|
|4642 109||Plaxton Panorama Coach (1/76)||Samuel Ledgard, UK||--||AUM 414C||Ledgard||Jun 2016|
|4642 110||Bova Futura Coach (/1/76)||Allander Travel, Scotland||--||7921 AT||--||Jun 2016|
|4642 111||Plaxton Excalibur Coach (/1/76)||Excelsior Holidays, UK||431||A7 XEL||--||Jul 2016|
|4642 112||Van Hool Alizee Coach (/1/76)||York Pullman, UK||--||B18 KJT||--||Aug 2016|
|4642 113||Borgward BO 4000 Coach||Wander Falke, Germany||--||AE21-6438||--||Sep 2016|
|4642 114||BMMO CM5T Coach (1/76)||Midland Red, UK||4837||837 HHA||Coventry Motorway Express||Oct 2016|
|4642 115||Mercedes Benz O 3500 Coach||Reiser Reisen||--||AW12-31745||--||Nov 2016|
|4642 116||Plaxton Excalibur (Premiere #) Coach (1/76)||Trent Barton Transpeak, UK||--||R62 RAU||Nottingham||Dec 16|
|4642 117||Van Hool 306 Coach||--||--||45-R-11||--||Dec 16|
|4642 118||Magrirus-Deutz Saturn II Bus||Hamburg, Germany||7450||HH - XS750||55 Rabenstr Alsterufer||Jan 17|
|4642 119||Leyland-Verheul Bus||GEVU, Holland||134||PB-40-19||7 Ringlijn Noord||Feb 17|
|4642 120||Brossel A80 Jonckheere Bus||SNCV, Belgium||10- 1630/1515||1255 P||60 Liege Jupille||Mar 17|
|4642 121||Steyr 380Q Coach||Kerschner Reisen, Austria||--||O 508.702||Salzburger - Heuptbehnboy||Apr 17|
|4642 122||Büssing Senator 12D Bus||Segmüller, Germany||10||F-Z 10||58 Farbwerke (Tor Ost)||May 17|
|4642 123||Krupp Titan 080 Coach||Senior Luxus, Austria||--||AB 712-165||Wien Praterstern||Jun 17|
|4642 124||Skoda 706 RTO Coach||VEB Kraftverkehr Eberswalde, Czechoslovakia||--||EM 11-80||--||Jun 17|
|4642 125||Ikarus 66 Inter-City Coach||Mavaut, Hungary||--||GC-15-55||Budapest||Jul 17|
|4642 126||Fleischer S5 Coach||Heide Express, East Germany||--||XV71-07||--||Aug 2017|
|4642 127||To be announced||--||--||--||--||Due Aug 17|
|Greatest Show On Earth (1/76 scale)
A few bus models believed to be based on OOC 1/76 scale castings have been issued in this Atlas Editions collection
|4654 114||AEC Regent II Weymann Bus||N. Smith Super Fun Fair||--||DWN 651||--||2015|
|4654 123||Bristol JO5G ECW Coach||Hurrell's Amusements||101||ADV 128||--||2016|
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