Asian Greyhound Limited, Guildford

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History

The company originated in 1957 as Swagman Overland Tours, running overland camping tours to North Africa and India. Nepal replaced Bombay as the final destination at the time of the Israeli/Arab war. In the late sixties, in a bid for the American market, the company was renamed Asian Greyhound Ltd., retaining the original name for the longer of the two routes  to Kathmandu. Onward connections were set up by air to Bangkok, thence onward air connections more or less worldwide, and through Malaysia and Indonesia by various forms of local transport to Bali, with a final hop to Darwin and onward coach connections to Sydney. Until the mid sixties a variety of vehicles were used, including Guys with both Park Royal and Plaxton bodies, and Commer TS3 with Beadle body. Eventually Bristol LS with Gardner HLW engines became the standard, with two MW's joining the fleet in the seventies. Asian Greyhound also contracted camping tours to Europe Scandinavia and Russia, using the name Tent Tours, using the MWs, two RE's, and a Leyland Leopard.
Modifications to the LS's were raising the suspension by 5 inches, fitting a 21 foot roofrack, an additional radiator and electric water pump, and rerouting the engine air intake inside the saloon. Vehicles thus modified ran about five tours of some 25,000 miles before retirement. The company ceased operations in 1977.

Asian Greyhound enthusiast web site

LS's Operated 

Fleet No Reg No In service Out Service Original Op Remarks
  303 GHN       UAS BUC3  
  JFU 290 1972   LINC 974  
  MOD 979 Feb 72 1975 SN 1292  
OTT 75 <Aug 73 Nov 76 SN 1366  
  OTT 78     SN 1369  
  OTT 81 Jun 70 1972 SN 1372  
  OTT 83 Sep 73   SN 1374 For spares
  OTT 89 May 73 Nov 76 SN 1380  
  OWX 136     WY CUG19
  SHT 350     BT 2877  
  SLA 762 Nov 73 Jun 77 TT 311  
  THY 952 Aug 68 Jan 70 BT 2878  
  THY 953 Sep 69 1974 BT 2879  
  THY 954 Sep 69 1970 BT 2880  
  THY 956 Aug 68 <1972 BT 2882  
  VDV 749     WN 2206  
  VDV 773 1973 <Mar 76 SN 2210
  VDV 776 Aug 73 <Apr 76 SN 2213  

Fleetnames Used

bullet Asian Greyhound
bullet Swagman Tours

Operating Depots

bullet Windsor
bullet Guildford
bullet Slough