Tellings-Golden Miller Mercedes 709D/Beaver midibusesThis page created 3rd October 2006. by Ian Smith. Best on 800*600.
Tellings-Golden MillerTellings-Golden Miller was formed in 1985 by a merger of Tellings Coaches of Byfleet and Golden Miller of Feltham, which had experience of local bus operation in the Staines - Feltham area. They already had a Mercedes-Benz 709D, an Onyx-bodied minicoach.
In April 1995 they bought three MB709D 23-seater midibuses for tendered route S3, (Belmont - Worcester Park). They were given prestige registration numbers: M70,80,90 TGM.
Two more added in 1996: N70 TGM and P70 TGM.
In March 2000 the S3 was re-awarded to Epsom Buses, who loaned four of the buses briefly. They returned in April 2000 to take up duties on the 426 and 441.
They were subsequently numbered 7, 8, 9, 17 and 27.
The last met a sad end in May 2003, when it was stolen and burned out.
7 was sold to MK Metro in the same month.
8,9,and 17 had been withdrawn by the time that Travel London took over in June 2005,
and were soon sold.
Capital Coaches / Capital LogisticsCapital Coaches were a Heathrow-based contract coaching firm. In 1993 they won the contract for the Hounslow hoppa route H26 (Hatton Cross - Sparrow Farm Estate). At first they used four MB minibuses, but in November bought three dedicated 18-seater MB709Ds with Beaver bodies and tail-lifts for wheelchairs. They were in white livery with light green relief, dark green skirts, red LT bullseyes and hoppa logos, plus indications of support by Hounslow Council.
Two more were added in 1997, also with tail-lifts, but 20-seaters this time. Also in 1997 the company changed its name to Capital Logistics. It was taken over by Tellings-Golden Miller in June 1999. The Mercedes continued to be used on the Hounslow wheelchair routes. They took numbers 4,5,6, 55 and 56.
Most went in the March 2003 purge, displaced by new low-floor Darts,
but the youngest (56) persisted through the takeover by Travel London in June 2005,
and was the last step-entrance midibus on a TfL route when the demise of the H21
in December 2005 made it redundant.