Royal Navy (Admiralty) Buses in Malta

What we know so far ...

The following are known to have operated for the Admiralty / Royal Navy in Malta. The relevant MT records in the UK are currently “lost” and may well have been destroyed some years ago, so little detail is currently known outside of what is listed below. The Malta Police records (now in the hands of Transport Malta) did not cover British military buses in Malta, unless the vehicle was subsequently purchased for conversion into a route bus. There may well have been more, but these are the only ones known of...


Navy Registration: ???
Chassis make & type: Leyland TS4
Body Builder: Leyland
Seating: 30
Chassis number: 1813
Navy Fleetnumber: Nxxx
New*: 1943
Notes: A civilian bus (UK registration UP 7220) impressed by the Admiralty in c.1943. Had found its way to Malta by the time it was struck off in 1948. Became the new 3356 (and later 1823, Y-0401 and DBY 401
  

Navy Registration: 436RN
Chassis make & type: Bd OWB
Body Builder: Mulliner ?
Seating: ??
Chassis number:
??
Navy Fleetnumber: Nxxx
New*: ??
Notes: Struck-off by 1/54. Complete vehicle used to build a new route bus (3202) in 2/55.



Navy Registration: 585RN
Chassis make & type: Bd OWB
Body Builder: Mulliner ?
Seating: ??
Chassis number: ??
Navy Fleetnumber: Nxxx
New*: ??
Notes: Struck-off by 8/54. Complete vehicle used to build a new route bus (2571) in 7/57 


Navy Registration: 786RN
Chassis make & type: Bd OWB
Body Builder: Mulliner ?
Seating: ??
Chassis number: ??
Navy Fleetnumber: Nxxx
New*: ??
Notes: Struck-off by 12/53. Complete vehicle used to build a new route bus (3325) in 6/54.


Navy Registration: 43121RN
Chassis make & type: Bd OWB
Body Builder: Mulliner ?
Seating: ??
Chassis number: ??
Navy Fleetnumber: N399
New*: ??
Notes: Appears in photo line-up of 11 Royal Navy Bedfords in Malta - taken probably late 1940s


Navy Registration: 43124RN
Chassis make & type: Bd OWB
Body Builder: Mulliner ?
Seating: ??
Chassis number: ??
Navy Fleetnumber: N402
New*: ??
Notes: Appears in photo line-up of 11 Royal Navy Bedfords in Malta - taken probably late 1940s


Navy Registration: 43125RN
Chassis make & type: Bd OWB
Body Builder: Mulliner ?
Seating: ??
Chassis number: ??
Navy Fleetnumber: N403
New*: ??
Notes: Appears in photo line-up of 11 Royal Navy Bedfords in Malta - taken probably late 1940s


Navy Registration: 43126RN (?)
Chassis make & type: Bd OWB
Body Builder: Mulliner ?
Seating: ??
Chassis number: ??
Navy Fleetnumber: N404
New*: ??
Notes: Appears in photo line-up of 11 Royal Navy Bedfords in Malta - taken probably late 1940s


Navy Registration: 43131RN
Chassis make & type: Bd OWB
Body Builder: Mulliner ?
Seating: ??
Chassis number: ??
Navy Fleetnumber: N408
New*: ??
Notes: Appears in photo line-up of 11 Royal Navy Bedfords in Malta - taken probably late 1940s


Navy Registration: 43153RN
Chassis make & type: Bd OWB
Body Builder: Mulliner ?
Seating: ??
Chassis number: ??
Navy Fleetnumber: N500
New*: ??
Notes: Appears in photo line-up of 11 Royal Navy Bedfords in Malta - taken probably late 1940s


Navy Registration: 431xxRN
Chassis make & type: Bd OWB
Body Builder: Mulliner ?
Seating: ??
Chassis number: ??
Navy Fleetnumber: Nxxx
New*: ??
Notes: Appears in photo line-up of 11 Royal Navy Bedfords in Malta - taken probably late 1940s


Navy Registration: 431xxRN
Chassis make & type: Bd OWB
Body Builder: Mulliner ?
Seating: ??
Chassis number: ??
Navy Fleetnumber: Nxxx
New*: ??
Notes: Appears in photo line-up of 11 Royal Navy Bedfords in Malta - taken probably late 1940s


Navy Registration: 431xxRN
Chassis make & type: Bd OWB
Body Builder: Mulliner ?
Seating: ??
Chassis number: ??
Navy Fleetnumber: N5xx (?)
New*: ??
Notes: Appears in photo line-up of 11 Royal Navy Bedfords in Malta - taken probably late 1940s


Navy Registration: 75682RN
Chassis make & type: Bd OB
Body Builder: Mulliner or Duple ?
Seating: ??
Chassis number: ??
Navy Fleetnumber: N920
New*: ??
Notes: Appears in photo line-up of 11 Royal Navy Bedfords in Malta - taken probably late 1940s


Navy Registration: 75688RN
Chassis make & type: Bd OB
Body Builder: Mulliner or Duple ?
Seating: ??
Chassis number: ??
Navy Fleetnumber: N925
New*: ??
Notes: Appears in photo line-up of 11 Royal Navy Bedfords in Malta - taken probably late 1940s


Navy Registration: 33RN78
Chassis make & type: Bd SB
Body Builder: ??
Seating: ??
Chassis number: 36287
Navy Fleetnumber: n/a
New*: 195x
Notes: Struck-off by 7/65. Chassis used to build a new route bus (1421) in 3/67. Later became DBY 375.


Navy Registration: 39RN96
Chassis make & type: Bd SBG
Body Builder: ??
Seating: 36
Chassis number: 43580
Navy Fleetnumber: n/a
New*: 1955
Notes: Struck-off by 9/65. Chassis used to build a new route bus (3342) in 3/67. Later became FBY 766


Navy Registration: 39RN97
Chassis make & type: Bd SBG
Body Builder: ??
Seating: 36
Chassis number: 43754
Navy Fleetnumber: n/a
New*: 1955
Notes: First stationed in Malta in September 1956. Struck-off by 6/66. Chassis used to build a new route bus (2238) in 1978. Later became EBY 481. 


Navy Registration: 41RN31
Chassis make & type: Bd J1Z2
Body Builder: ??
Seating: ??
Chassis number:
CDJ1BZ1122210 (72225)
Navy Fleetnumber: n/a
New*: 19xx
Notes: Struck off by 1/80. Sold to Malta Police as M-0095


Navy Registration: 56RN38
Chassis make & type: Bd D1Z2
Body Builder: ??
Seating: ??
Chassis number: D1Z2-35865
Navy Fleetnumber: n/a
New*: 19xx
Notes: Struck-off by 10/68. Not sure if this was a minibus, ambulance or “van” with the Navy – all three descriptions appear in the official civilian file. Became MP96 in the Malta Police fleet (as a fire tender ?). 


Navy Registration: 97RN69
Chassis make & type: Bd SB1
Body Builder: Strachans
Seating:
32
Chassis number: 61825
Navy Fleetnumber: n/a
New*: July 1960
Notes: Struck-off by 11/71. Chassis used to build a new route bus (3307) in 3/73. Later became FBY 736


Navy Registration: xxRNxx
Chassis make & type: Bd SB
Body Builder: ??
Seating: ??
Chassis number: 39262
Navy Fleetnumber: n/a
New*: 1954
Notes: Struck-off by 6/63. Chassis used to build a new route bus (1767) in 4/65. Later became DBY 393.


Navy Registration: xxRNxx
Chassis make & type:
Bd SB1
Body Builder:
??
Seating:
??
Chassis number:
12076
Navy Fleetnumber:
n/a
New*:
??
Notes: 
Struck-off by 12/62. Chassis used to build a new route bus (2705) in 7/64. Later became EBY 586

Navy Registration: xxRNxx
Chassis make & type: Bd SB1
Body Builder: ??
Seating: ??
Chassis number: 12083
Navy Fleetnumber: n/a
New*: ??
Notes: Struck-off by 8/62. Chassis used to build a new route bus (3095) in 7/64. Later became FBY 015 on Gozo. 


Navy Registration: xxRNxx
Chassis make & type: Bd SB1 (?)
Body Builder: ??
Seating: ??
Chassis number: 14892 (?)
Navy Fleetnumber:
n/a
New*: ??
Notes: Struck-off by 10/65. Chassis used to build a new route bus (1860) in 12/68. Later became DBY 408, retaining much of its military body structure (unlike others ex military buses which had their bodies scrapped and new local body built). 


Navy Registration: xxRNxx
Chassis make & type: Bd J1Z2
Body Builder: ??
Seating: ??
Chassis number: CDJ1BZ00T161734
Navy Fleetnumber: n/a
New*: 19xx
Notes: Struck off by 9/79. Sold to Malta Police as M-0097




NOTE - The "New" dates shown above are when the bus entered use with the Admiralty / Royal Navy - it may have been physically newer at an earlier date. 


*** HELP REQUIRED *** We are looking for photographs of any of the above buses, further details of the above buses, and any additional buses known to have been used by the Admiralty (Royal Navy), and confirmation of the livery the buses operated in (the default livery was overall dark blue, but did some (all) also have a white roof to reflect the strong daytime sunlight ?  Click on the "Contact Us" button below if you can help with any of this. 





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