Although the bus and coach operation started in 1989, the family connection with the industry goes back much further. Mr Marshall took his PSV test with Gash’s of Newark in 1969 and drove for them on a part time basis until 1988 when they were taken over by Lincolnshire RoadCar.
At this time B30 was purchased from the Gash fleet and became Marshalls first operational vehicle which was soon joined by DD10, a 1954 Daimler CVG6 which had outlived The Gash company and saw service with Marshalls until it was placed in retirement and sold into preservation.
Marshalls of Sutton-on-Trent had its beginnings in the late 1980's when Mr J A Marshall purchased a second hand Bedford YLQ with Plaxton 45 seat bodywork which had spent its life to date with Gash of Newark. In February 1989 Marshalls was granted an Operators licence and started a once a week service from Dunham-on-Trent to Newark for the market day.
Further vehicles were purchased as and when work became available and a network of School contract journeys was soon built up. In 1991 a service was started to carry children from the Newark area to the Grammar and High Schools in Grantham. This service started with one 30 Seater Bristol LHS and now comprises a network empolying four 86 seat double deckers, every school day.A major milestone was accomplished in September 1998 with the purchase of the company's first brand new vehicle, a Plaxton bodied Dennis Javelin, swiftly followed by a Plaxton bodied Dennis Dart, purchased on the strength of Marshalls first break into regular stage carriage work. Today our service network operates seven days a week, 363 days a year, covering most villages between Newark & Nottingham & Newark & Retford.
The Dennis vehicles set a new trend for vehicle purchase with no less than ten brand new vehicles joining the twenty strong fleet since then. Thus the fleet has progressed from Bedford, via Daimler, Leyland, Bristol and Dennis to name a few, to the predominantly Volvo fleet we run today.
What of B30, the original Bedford? It is currently undergoing restoration at the company premises for use as a special event vehicle in the future, who knows, you may see it around the local shows next year.