|Welcome to Bus Zone's unofficial
page about Horseman Coaches. Their official website is at
Horseman Coaches are the largest coach operator in the Reading area, operating a large number of school, private hire, racing, football and contract services. Their vehicles can often be seen dropping off groups of people at St. Marys Butts and Reading Station during the day, and most vehicles have been named after famous racing horses of the past.
The coaching activities of Chiltern Queens were merged into the Horseman business from April 2002, whilst the stage carriage arm was sold to Thames Travel.
Current Fleet Members
Caetano Optimo V RX06 WVN in the former Whitley Wood garage on 26th April 2006. Thanks to Bob Stanger for this photo.
Mercedes-Benz / Plaxton Cheetah RX61 GDY at the depot on 4th January 2012. Thanks to Bob Stanger for this photo.
This is R204 STF, Horseman's rather unusual UVG S320 seen at the former Whitley Wood depot on 26th April 2006. Thanks to Bob Stanger for this photo.
Plaxton Premiere RX51 EXO at Reading Station on 1st August 2003.
Plaxton Panther RX06 WVB seen in the yard at the former Whitely Wood depot on 26th April 2006. Thanks to Bob Stanger for this photo.
Plaxton Panther RK07 KDO leaving the former Whitley Wood depot on its first day in service on 1st March 2007. Thanks to Bob Stanger for this photo.
YN09 HRG at the depot on 4th January 2012. Thanks to Bob Stanger for this photo.
Coaches lined up inside the Acre Road depot on 21st May 2008. Thanks to Bob Stanger for this photo.
Photos of Former Fleet Members
This is Caetano Optimo II M672 VJB in May 1999 at Reading Station.
Former Plaxton Paramount D782 VMO at St. Mary's Butts on 30th July 2001.
Former Plaxton Paramount 3500 K1 HCL (K standing for Keith, one of the owners) at the former Horseman depot on Bennett Road. The text below the horse's head on the front windscreen reads "Coach operator of the year 1994". Note also the older version of fleet livery that it, the Plaxton Excalibur and Plaxton Paramount 4000 next to it wore at the time.
L904 NWW is a Jonkheere Deauville seen here in July 1999.
Jonkheere Deauville L951 NWW at Reading Station in September 2000.
This is N663 VJB at Plaxton Excalibur at St. Marys Butts in the slush that followed the snow in January 2001.
This is a Marcopolo Explorer II on a wet June day in 1999.
Marcopolo Continental S612 VAY in September 2000 at St. Marys Butts.
FJ03 ZTU on a contract service for Direct Wines in Reading on 26th May 2007.
Iveco / Beulas Eurorider FJ03 ZTV was amongst four acquired from Whittle in January 2006. It is seen here on 22nd February 2006 not long after being repainted. Thanks to Bob Stanger for this photo.
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