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

MW's Operated

Fleet No Reg No In service Out Service Original Op Remarks
  FHW 150D Jul 74 Jul 78 BO 2144  
  FHW 154D Aug 74 May 78 BO 2148  

Fleetnames Used

bullet Asian Greyhound
bullet Swagman Tours

Operating Depots

bullet Windsor
bullet Guildford
bullet Slough