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Chiltern Queens – Guy Vixen – NPE 61

NPE 61_lr
Copyright Ray Soper

Chiltern Queens of Woodcote
1949
Guy Vixen
Wadham ????

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25/08/12 – 08:47

My dad operated a small bus company in Shetland in the 50s. About 1955 he purchased a Guy coach, though don’t known what body. It looked very similar to the one in the photo above. The driver, the engine and a token seat were enclosed in the front by a half size panel topped by a upper glass sheet. I used to sit in the front beside dad, but ordinary passengers were not allowed. The coach was used as a bus, and the partition created problems getting fares. He normally collected fares before he left our village of Scalloway, but if anyone joined as he moved through the village on the way to Lerwick there was a problem getting the fare. It did not last long with him, and think may have been scrapped as too costly to take back to mainland of Scotland. The Coach was not pretty, and looked worse than your example. Don’t think any photos exist unfortunately.

Alan Young

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26/08/12 – 07:44

The coach to which Alan Young refers was NTU 269. a Guy Vixen with unrecorded bodywork, which ran with Georgeson & Moore (props Lollie Young and Donnie Jamieson) between 1952 and 1957. The coach was first registered in Chester in April 1951. A picture appears in the late Gordon Jamieson’s book Shetland Buses in the 20th Century.

Philip Lamb

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28/08/12 – 08:20

Thanks to Philip Lamb for the info. It was not a thing of beauty, and very impractical for the work it was used for in Shetland. I can only think my Dad, Lollie bought it blind, as the cost of getting from Shetland to England would have been a consideration in the 50s. He probably did not realise the partition was there. I was a director of Georgeson & Moore later, and then Shalder Coaches if anyone requires any info.

Alan Young


 

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Chiltern Queens – AEC Reliance – LMO 743

LMO 743_lr
Copyright Ray Soper

Chiltern Queens of Woodcote
1955
AEC Reliance MU3RV
Duple Midland B44F

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07/03/13 – 17:33

This photo brings back many memories of school trips between Didcot Station and Wallingford Grammar School 1959 – 61 after which I moved to Wimbledon. From memory LMO 743 ran the best out of the 3 and was often driven by a young driver known as Nelson who had a novel way of changing gear particularly from 1st to 2nd without the customary pause – how he did it I know not but it made for a lively ride. NBW 407 was also used (quite new at the time) and was treated more gently. If we went the Whittenham way, the old Maudslay & Tilling Stevens half cabs were used such as DBW 66 & DUD 401 & NPA 461.

Richard Anscombe


09/10/13 – 08:20

My father drove one of these for Chiltern Queens between 1957-1961, three buses of this model; LMO 743, LMO744 and LMO745 were driven by Nelson Prior, Des Spokes and my father Bill Pearson. I have a photo of my father stood by one on lay over at the old Polish camp at Ipsden heath, Checkendon. The route was polish camp to Checkendon, to Exslade street to Kidmore end (The Fox) to Reforation pub turn to Whitehouse green to Chalkhouse green to Emmergreen to Caversham to Reading station. On his return journey as a kid I would wait at the bus stop at Parkside in Checkendon my father would pick me up and take me to his terminus; Polish camp where he would eat is lunch of which my mother would send with me for him, just think this was approx 54 years ago? seems like y/day.

Len


 

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Chiltern Queens – Dennis Lancet – KGU 599

Chiltern Queens - Dennis Lancet - KGU 599
Copyright Ray Soper

Chiltern Queens of Woodcote
1949
Dennis Lancet
Burlingham ????

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