Bearwood Depot

571–583 Bearwood Road, Birmingham (depot code: BD)

Bearwood depot is considered by many to be the spiritual home of Midland “Red” Motor Services, having been used from the very first days of operations as stabling and storage for horse omnibuses, being the company’s headquarters and registered offices from 1914 to 1953, and home to the traffic and staff departments until its closure in 1973. The site was also used to produce the very first SOS chassis in the mid-1920s, with engine design, construction and testing, as well as the company’s famous experimental department being housed at the site until the early 1950s.