We are delighted to present this folder which, amongst others, contains images by Bruce Tilley and Steve Oliver. Many of them are being published here for the first time so our most grateful thanks are extended to them. It is wonderful to see such a large quantity of the old route liveries come to life before our very eyes. To our knowledge, this folder contains the largest number of images published in one place of these liveries and we hope that they will be of interest to enthusiasts and historians alike; as well as of interest to the bus owners and citizens of Malta and Gozo who remember these liveries as part of their daily life. The colour coded town and village routes were to last until 1973. These company liveries came into being in the late 1920’s and a number were already in use by the time the tram and railway closed one shortly after the other. Some time later the TCB was instituted. Following the war, the old liveries were again reinstated with the exception of a few which were discontinued. These post war liveries are illustrated in the coloured list from around 1955 which has been reproduced here. The English names for the termini are used in it. Before the war Castille Palace was known as Piazza Regina [Queen's Square] and Kingsgate as Porta Reale [Royal Gate]. This list shows the Sliema two tone green [before then Gasan was the main operator on Sliema with an overall dark green with white stripe livery] and the Gozo [GBOA] post merger grey with red stripe livery. On Malta this arrangement lasted until the mid 1960’s when first the Mosta and Naxxar [including Gharghur] group was formed by merging the two previous groups. This resulted in the two tone brown livery. Very shortly afterwards the Zebbug [including Qormi] and Siggiewi groups merged resulting into the orange and yellow livery. All this ended in 1973 when only three colours were used for the separate groups. By late 1975 the colour was changed to spray green prior to the final merger that happened in 1977. The orange and yellow livery subsequently adopted was in use between late 1995 to mid 2011. - Sept 2013: By request of several visitors to this folder we have just added 20 sub folders to this numerical listing folder. Each sub folder contains the vehicles allocated to an individual route including the amalgamated A, B & C routes. - As a colour image of a particular vehicle may not even exist it has been decided to add to these folders black & white images of individual vehicles where available.These b & w images will be removed of course if a colour version is found.
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