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*** STAR (Seasonal) PICTURE ***

Here's a seasonal picture from Michael Thorne that caught my eye. It shows an unidentified M class Metrobus in London's Park Lane on 8 February 1991. Michael says "With some rare heavy snow for London, a lucky lunchtime shot of the Metrobus finding the conditions too much, being taken back to Willesden garage presumably."

It just goes to show that you can't trust these modern buses. A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A GREAT NEW YEAR to everyone, and many thanks to Michael for letting me use this image. You can see more of his photo collection here.


HAVE YOU SEEN THIS BUS?

This 1949 Morecambe & Heysham AEC Regent III No.62 (KTF 591) was stolen from locked premises in Carnforth in April 2014 and so far the police have failed to find it. If anyone has seen it, or has any information which could help to recover it please contact Ian Hutt, as he says it would be great to get her back.


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?? MYSTERY PICTURE ??

John Wakefield has sent me this intriguing picture. John says "It looks like a Leyland PS1 in Mulley's livery" and it's apparently standing in a field with other vehicles possibly in the Buxton area around 2010.

So what is it? I don't recognise it as one of the Mulley's fleet, but I haven't got a better suggestion. I'm not even totally sure it's a Leyland; and what about that badge on the side? Don't ask for a better copy of the photo, because I don't have one!

So does anyone recognise this coach? As always, email me here with your thoughts.

Philip Platt (and John Carr, and John Wakefield) seem to have found the answer. Philip said "I believe the vehicle is DF 8420, a Leyland Tiger TS2 which originated with Black & White of Cheltenham. Subsequently it passed to Jennings Coaches of Bude, Cornwall who had it rebodied by Duple. In the early 1960s it was acquired for preservation by Colin Shears of Exeter and later passed on for continued preservation. Very regrettable to see it now in outside storage which will do it no good - a rare vehicle deserving a better home."

LAST MYSTERY PICTURE It's 99% certain that the East Kent Leyland Tiger TS8 picture was taken in a coach park off Corporation Street in Rochester with the tower of what it now the Visitor Centre in the background.


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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