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This picture was kindly sent to me by Garth Wyver in Australia. He helps out at the Sydney Bus Museum and tells me that next in line for restoration there is this rare and early Adelaide Daimler CVG6.

Adelaide MTT bought fifteen CVG6s in 1947/48 (numbered 112 to 126) and fitted them with Commonwealth Engineering highbridge dual-entrance bodies. Unlike the majority of UK domestic sales of the CVG6, most exported chassis were 8 feet wide, and that's the case with the Adelaide batch. In 1960/61 twelve of them were transferred to Transway in the northern Adelaide suburb of Elizabeth, where they lasted about another 10 years. But the other (first) three of the original batch didn't go that way, and No.112 (c/n 13319, new in April 1947) remains as the sole survivor.

Garth also sent me a page from the original maintenance record for this bus dating back to 1947. It reveals that it "Arrived overland from Sydney" on 30 May 1947, was put "Into traffic" on 30 May 1947 and was involved in a serious collision in 1949.

Apparently it has been wearing the registration 224.663 (instead of 224.662) which actually belongs to No.119, but I'm sure the Museum will put that right as they restore the bus back to its original Adelaide red and silver livery. There are some surviving Adelaide trolleybuses but, as far as I know, this is the only remaining Adelaide MTT motorbus, so it's an important relic. And for that reason (and because you will struggle to find another photo of this bus on the internet) I'm making it my new ** STAR PICTURE ** and thanks very much to Garth for sending it.

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Here's a new Mystery Picture sent in by Kate Davis. Her great-grandfather went on a tour from London to Dieppe and on to the South of France in 1949 and this picture was taken during the trip. Underneath was written "A pleasant halt en route. Coffee on our way to the South of France, June 1949"

Kate doesn't know if a British coach took them all the way from London, but this seems unlikely as I don't think this is a British vehicle and it doesn't appear to have a British registration plate. She also sent a picture from the tour brochure which shows one of those wonderful Isobloc coaches (like the example in the Galaxy TV advert with the Audrey Hepburn lookalike) but this is certainly not one of those.

Anyway if you can identify this coach please let me know.

Ian Elby wonders if it might be a Renault, and drew my attention to this picture of a 1948 Renault Panorama bus in support of the idea. The radiator grille is certainly similar.

Martin Fisher suggested that it might be a coach bodied by French manufacturer Besset. Looking at this picture by Traveller Dave and this one from the Internet Movie Cars Database, he could be onto something.


The ticket was an emergency Alpha Code Bell Punch ticket in case the London Transport Gibson machine broke down.

Welcome to the home of classic buses and coaches on the net - I'm Dick Gilbert. This site is all about nostalgia for British passenger transport vehicles from the 1920s to the 1960s, with an unashamed bias towards 'halfcabs'.

Each page has a different colour scheme which is supposed to be reminiscent of some bus or coach company from the era, and this one is meant to represent Western / Southern National. As a result of this arrangement, some of the pages are hard to read, and some will scramble your brain. I'm sure you'll manage.

My interest in British buses began in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the buses and coaches that were around then are all 'classics' now. It was an interesting period, when there were still pre-war and wartime 'utility' machines about (although mostly on the point of retirement), and a large number of halfcab vehicles that had been built immediately after the war. At the same time, new products like the Leyland Atlantean, AEC Regent V, and a host of 'modern' coach designs (Plaxton Panorama, Harrington Cavalier, Weymann Fanfare etc.) were appearing. It was a transitional period when vehicles from the 1930s, 40s, 50s and 60s could all be seen in use at the same time.

Having been born in south London, London Transport was the first operator that I lived with, then we moved to Sussex and I grew up with Southdown, Maidstone & District, East Kent, and the municipal fleets of Eastbourne and Brighton, as well as the large number of excursion coaches that used to visit the south coast every summer.

In the early 1960s I used to make trips to London to visit Victoria Coach Station, or see the last of the London Transport trolleybuses, or the last halfcab single deckers (TDs). Unfortunately, although I saw what I went to see, most of the photographs I took are not particularly brilliant, or have been lost. However I do have some black & white pictures taken at Victoria Coach Station, London, and in Sussex between 1960 and 1962 which are barely reasonable, and some of them appear around this site. Here's one;

Lincolnshire Leyland Cub

This was taken at 'The Crumbles', Eastbourne, in the summer of 1962, where Claude Lane was running the narrow gauge Eastbourne Tramway (now moved to Seaton, Devon). He had used this ex Lincolnshire Road Car Leyland KPZ01 Cub as a lorry in the past, and it was left to rot outside his depot. New in May 1937 it was FW 8855, originally fleet number LC502, one of thirty delivered that year with Brush B20F bodies. I guess someone might rescue it these days.

I attend a few rallies around the country, and like to see the old machines that people have restored. Reviews and/or pictures of some of the shows I attend appear on the pages here, although it can take a while before I get round to it. The whole idea of the site is to entertain the sad souls (like me !) who have a soft spot for old PSVs, and also be a sorting office for information on the subject.

It's all for fun, so relax and have a wistful rummage through the scrapbook. If you weren't around in the 1960s (and they say that, if you were, you won't remember it) then these pages might provide an insight into the variety of glamorous machines that could be seen on British streets at the time.

Incidentally, this site has no connection whatsoever with Classic Bus magazine, but I thoroughly, absolutely, unreservedly and totally recommend it to anyone with an interest in the subject. It is published 6 times a year, and regular readers all wish it was 12 times a year. Folk in the UK should be able to order it through their newsagents. Those offshore should contact Classic Bus Publishing Ltd., 18 Brunstane Road, Edinburgh, EH15 2QJ, Scotland. When it falls on your doorstep it's like when the delivery guy has brought you a really good pizza.

Please keep in touch, as changes are taking place here all the time, and let me know if you spot a mistake somewhere - I do try to keep things pretty accurate. I know that there are some real boffins out there, and I need you to tell me when something is inaccurate. So welcome to the site, browse around and make yourself at home.





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