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Eagle have coaches available with

29, 36, 45, 51, 57 or 70 seats

This enables us to meet all your requirements in the most cost effective manner. Most of our coaches include:

 

  • Air suspension for a smooth ride and relaxed journeys.
  • Reclining seats, tinted double glazed windows
  • Either full air conditioning or forced air ventilation.
  • Mobile phone to stay in contact with driver.
  • Hot drinks facilities.
  • PA and DVD systems.
  • Toilet (executive coaches only)
  • Fridge (executive coaches only)
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THE EAGLE IS NOW 90

Ninety years in the coaching industry is no mean feat and Eagle Coaches of Bristol are celebrating that in 2016. So just how have they endured that long…..

Back in 1926, operating from the family home in Barton Hill, Bristol, Herbert Ball and his wife Alice began hiring out bicycles for a small charge. Very soon Herbert and Alice decided to incorporate a charabanc and from there it grew into a flourishing small family business.

In the early days, as with so many other coaching firms, their vehicle would be utilised through the week for delivery of coal and general goods and at the weekend would undergo a body change to become an open-topped passenger carrying vehicle. They offered outings to Cheddar, Clevedon and Weston Super Mare to the eager Bristolians who wanted a glimpse of life further afield.

During the war years business was brisk with seven contracts to transport workers to the local munitions factory. Only having three vehicles did not deter Alice, whose only son John would be sent out to knock on doors and tell occupants to grab their coats and hats as Mrs Ball was going to Weston that afternoon. When John left school he trained as a mechanic at a firm in central Bristol until he was called up for National Service. In 1952, with his National Service complete, John joined the family business.

During the 50’s and 60’s with John at the helm, the company offered day excursions and tours. The company’s first continental tour in 1972 was to the Normandy Beaches using the overnight Townsend Thoresen ferry from Southampton to Le Havre. From there they would spend the day touring the Normandy Beaches travelling down to Honfleur and Cherbourg in the afternoon and then take the six hour return from Cherbourg to Southampton.

Running a mixed fleet of well-maintained coaches, in 1984 the red and cream livery was replaced by a more up-to date yellow and orange theme. This was further updated once again with the introduction of a brand new Smit DAF coach in 1998, to the current use of the same colours.

Over the past 25+ years Eagle has stayed loyal to DAF with the majority of their fleet being DAF Van Hool. John bought one in 1979 and experiencing good service and reliability, he stuck with them.

In 2015 Eagle Coaches is run by father and son Adrian and James Ball. They are supported by an efficient team in the office and garage, as well as a dedicated team of drivers out on the road.