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25/01/19

J 8338 Mystery OB

J 8338

Can anyone throw any light on this coach-found in a field in Jersey circa late 90’s. Probably has an interesting history?

Nigel Edwards

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26/01/19 – 06:37

Originally LCD 236, new to Johnston (Unique), Brighton. Re-registered J 8338 5/59 by Lock St Quen, Jersey.

David Hick


24/01/19

Old Bus in New Zealand

CG 01

CG 02

I was wondering if anyone may be able to identify the make of this old Bus for me. It is on the Side of the Napier to Taupo Road in New Zealand, previously used as a house bus. "Foden" came to mind from the shape of the front grill, but I did not get close enough to inspect.

Chris Geddis

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24/01/19 – 15:55

A possible starting point to assist with this query might be Sean Millar in Auckland who has published a number of New Zealand bus and railway enthusiast books.
He can be contacted through his website http://www.seanmillar.co.nz/
Another possible contact might be the ‘Otago Heritage Bus Society Incorporated’ on Facebook.

David Slater


26/01/19 – 09:56

I’ll start it off… could it be a Daimler- did they export the CD650?

Joe


29/01/19 – 06:37

A nine bay bus suggests it might have a local body. The style and length reminds of the full fronted Dennis Lancet (III, I think) that Newport had. The radiator grill looks homemade!

Orla Nutting


30/01/19 – 06:44

It looks like it could be an old N.Z. Railways Road Transport Services bus with N.Z.M.B. bodywork. Possibly a late 1940s Mack.

Pete Comb


30/01/19 – 06:45

I’ve travelled the Napier-Taupo many times in my 30 ears in new Zealand and sadly never spotted that bus. It looks a bit like NZ Motor Bodies coachwork, they seemed to delight in US style of lots of smaller side windows.I agree with Orla, I think the front grille is home made. A good guess for the chassis would be a petrol engine Bedford of some sort, possibly OB. NZ was renowned for large numbers of petrol engined heavy vehicles, up to the 1980’s. Mainly Bedfords. Most of the buses were operated by NZ Railways Road Services – in fact they had the largest fleet of road vehicles in the country at one time!

David Field


31/01/19 – 06:08

Yes, David F, I did a posting some time ago of an Air Ministry Bedford Bedford SB and wrote, "It became a big seller in India, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand and Africa, as well as in the UK. The largest fleet of SB buses in the world belonged to New Zealand Railways Road Services, with 1280 SB buses, built between 1954 and 1981. became a big seller in India, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand and Africa, as well as in the UK. The largest fleet of SB buses in the world belonged to New Zealand Railways Road Services, with 1280 SB buses, built between 1954 and 1981".
I did wonder if the front grill of the "old bus" is that of a Jenson, but it’s doubtful: I tend to agree with others that it’s homemade!

Chris Hebbron


02/12/18

Maudslay Marathon FBX 555

FBX 555

I came across these photos in Newcastle Emlyn Museum today. Very poor quality because they are a photocopy of a copy,etc,etc. However the reg no is FBX 555. The chassis is (I think) Maudslay Marathon III. I’m thinking the date is around 1948. The coachwork looks a bit strange around the windscreen area, so I wonder if this was built by a local company, perhaps Longfords of Neath. The operator is G J Jones & Son, Newcastle Emlyn, sadly no longer in existence. I can’t find any info on this coach, so can anybody fill in the gaps, please?

David Field

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02/12/18 – 11:07

New in October 1949, it is a Maudsley Marathon III, the body is by South Western (Taunton) and is to C35F configuration.

Stephen Howarth


03/12/18 – 07:08

South Western Coachbuilders, that’s a new one on me, mind you that’s nothing fresh. Here’s a shot of what’s apparently a Guy Vixen with South Western bodywork. www.tapatalk.com/groups/nonsequitur/
There’s an article on South Western in issues 27/29 of the Web News of the West Country Historic Omnibus & Transport Trust (WHOTT), but you need to be a member to access it.

David Call


05/12/18 – 07:51

Sorry, what I said above isn’t correct, past issues of the newsletter are available in hard copy at £2.00 each, but they have to be ordered by post and payment needs to be by cheque/postal order.

David Call


16/12/18 – 07:50

Thanks for the info. It seems an unusual choice of chassis & bodybuilder for a small operator in West Wales. Do we know if it was new to Jones, how long they kept it and what happened to the coach eventually?

David Field


18/12/18 – 07:28

This unique vehicle seems to have been either a speculative build or a cancelled order. It was advertised for sale [new] in Commercial Motor 2/9/49 by the coachbuilder as a 33 seater and the photos do seem to agree with that. http://archive.commercialmotor.com/
It later passed to Williams (Tumble Coaches), Upper Tumble and they traded it in to Sleeman a London dealer in 1958. It ended up with a showman.

Martin Ingle


20/11/18

Traffic Lorry Bus

CC 2029

Re the appended photo of Traffic Lorry Bus CC 2029 – does anyone know who manufactured the Traffic brand chassis, and where?

Keith Jaggers

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20/11/18 – 12:10

The only information I can find is that the company was American.

Chris Hebbron


07/12/18 – 06:58

The Traffic was made by the Traffic Motor Truck Corporation of St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.. 1917-1929.

Pete Comb


09/12/18 – 09:09

There is a brief Wikipedia article on this manufacturer, which appears to have been a casualty of the 1929 depression:- https://en.wikipedia.org/

Roger Cox


17/11/18

Early ’20s Crash

1711-01

1711-02

The most battered photograph in this pair has been in the family for as long as I can remember with the stories of our ancestors being killed on returning from a game at a pub. Some ghoulish person has put an X on the tree where one of the passengers ended his life. Even today, driving down that road to Oxenhope near Keighley, requires careful negotiating. I would guess that the date is early ’20s and with 1920s brake technology, one slip of a crash gear box… Does anyone else have any information about this incident?

David Rhodes

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08/11/18

JHL 670 Atkinson

JHL 670

JHL 670 Atkinson PL745H FC4656 Plaxton 2966 C41C new 7/1956 to Young, Hornchurch via Comberhill, Wakefield (dealer) sold to Val O’Sullivan in Hospital, Ireland circa 2002 from John Brenson, Little Waltham, Essex. Has anyone seen it since? (photo taken by Val O’Sullivan shortly after he bought it)

John Wakefield

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13/11/18 – 06:39

I have heard on good authority that JHL 670 is still with Val O’Sullivan but is a non runner, engine seized he also owns Guy SS MXX 352, an unidentified rear engine Foden and a Bedford J2 Plaxton.

John Wakefield


23/10/18

The Origins of HWR 396

HWR 396

Can anyone help with identifying the origins of HWR 396, which appears to be an AEC Regal of Baldwin and Barlow, Tow Law t/a Heather Bell.
I have tried the PSV Circle chassis publications for AECs and can find nothing. I suspect it could be a rebuild from an earlier chassis, but the registration suggests around 1946. The attached photo was taken by Alan Cross.

Philip Harwell

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24/10/18 – 06:17

This is a West Riding registration not a municipality. Sounds Like FC Burrows to me…

Joe


24/10/18 – 06:19

Philip, ‘HWR’ was first issued in July 1948, and was a West Riding of Yorkshire registration mark. A look on the ‘Bus Lists on the Web’ site sadly drew a blank regarding HWR 396, even after typing in the registration number. The only ‘HWR’ AEC Regal III listed was HWR 121, a Santus C33F-bodied coach delivered to Anderton’s of Keighley in August 1948 (Chassis No. 6821A126). Sorry the info is not really of much use, apart from pointing strongly to Baldwin & Barlow acquiring HWR 396 second-hand, but I’ll try ferreting through any books containing photos of ‘Yorkshire operators’ and see what happens. "The plot thickens….." as the saying goes, along with another used up here – "Tha’ nivver knows…."

Brendan Smith


25/10/18 – 05:00

If I may answer my own over-hasty posting: its not FC Burrows (they are roofers) but Tom Burrows of Wombwell and there was a lot of correspondence about them at one time on OBP- but no sign in published listings of HWR 396. The answer is out there somewhere!

Joe


25/10/18 – 05:02

At a glance this looks like a standard Duple body of the period but I don’t think it is. The side flash isn’t applied in Duple style and there are two sliding ventilators provided to the side windows whereas I believe Duple used wind down windows in their post-war A type body. Also interesting is the cab door which has a straight bottom edge to it and no toe holds provided for the driver to climb in. Other than using the nut guard on the front wheel, I imagine accessing the cab would have been quite a challenge.
I think this coach is a copy of the Duple A style, I know that Gurney Nutting produced some lookalikes but I’m not sure they did so as early as 1946. It’s a good effort but I feel sure it’s not the real thing.

Chris Barker


This was a rebuild of an AEC Regent I, chassis number 06614408, original registration number HL 7772, and I suspect that, as a double decker, probably with a Roe lowbridge body when it was new to Bullock & Sons of Featherstone.
The chassis was rebodied by Tower Coachworks of Leeds and reregistered for Myers Rose of Shipley, from whom the coach was acquired by Balwin and Barlow (Heather Bell) of Tow Law in either 1949 or 1950. It ran for Heather Bell until 1960.
In this photograph, HWR 396 is in Bishop Auckland, operating the Stanhope – Wolsingham – Fir Tree – Howden-le-Wear – Bishop Auckland service. It is obviously a Thursday or Saturday (Bishop Auckland market days, when the service ran hourly, instead of 2-hourly on other days), because there is a duplicate vehicle alongside. The duplicate coach is also a rebuild from an earlier chassis, one of three, KTC 450/454/457, with Trans-United bodies and chassis numbers 0662/LD/001, 5 & 8. Baldwin and Barlow acquired these from the Kia Ora / Tattersall group in Lancashire, the chassis rebuilds having been carried out by AEC dealer Oswald Tillotson’s Lancashire Depot (LD), in Burnley.
Heather Bell also operated another Tower bodied coach, LPT 40, a Leyland PS1, which they acquired new in 1950.

Charles Marshall


27/10/18 – 05:19

There is a photograph of this vehicle in it’s original form as double decker HL 7772 in the Super Prestige series, number eight, South Yorkshire and Bullocks. It’s particularly interesting because it had a Willowbrook lowbridge body of the twin sunken gangway type with a seating capacity of 48. It was one of two, new in 1937 and refurbished by Barnaby in 1945. The caption to the photograph states that they were withdrawn by 1951 but that would conflict with the registration of the coach if HWR 396 was issued in July 1948. Assuming it was withdrawn by Bullocks in early 1948, it would seem to have had a rather short life with them particularly as it had been refurbished only three years previously. Perhaps the twin sunken gangways and resultant low capacity were the main factors in their early demise with Bullocks.

Chris Barker


28/10/18 – 07:43

HWR 396 was withdrawn by Bullock in 1948. HWR 397 did survive to pass with the business to West Riding in 1950, but was sold by them two months later. It ran as a lorry in Wales for a further 18 months. The fact that it saw no further use as a bus would seem to indicate that the 1945 Barnaby refurb cannot have been that extensive.

David Hick


28/10/18 – 07:44

The single side gangway style of lowbridge bodywork was patented (the name ‘lowbridge’ thereby becoming a trade name) by Leyland before the emergence of the Titan in 1927. In 1928, to get round the Leyland patent, Hall, Lewis and Company introduced a double gangway design which was termed ‘lowheight’ to avoid problems with Leyland, and this style became used by other manufacturers for some ten years or so, notwithstanding the capacity limitations and extra intrusions into the lower deck ceiling. It would seem, however, that the Leyland lowbridge patent expired in the mid 1930s, possibly as early as 1935, when Manchester began a programme of rebodying 40 TD1 twin gangway buses with Crossley single gangway bodies on MCW frames. It does seem a little surprising that twin gangway double deckers should still have been constructed in 1937, unless there were specific reasons for doing so.

Roger Cox


28/10/18 – 07:46

Thank you, gentlemen, for your help in uncovering the origins of HWR.

Philip Hanwell


28/10/18 – 15:39

I’m trying to keep a working up to date history of B&S greatly expanding on the fleet history published by the PSVC. To that end this vehicle is of interest.
Starting life as HL 7772 it was indeed bodied by Willowbrook but the photo in the Super Prestige book looks as though there are seats arranged four across – so probably not twin gangways. 48 seats isn’t really too low a figure considering that Roe also supplied two L24/24R bodies later the same year on HL 8493/4 and many others similar to West Riding which didn’t have two gangways. In the picture of 171 (HL 6349) which is the forward entrance Daimler with Willowbrook body you can see seats arranged three across, giving space for the second gangway, but the individual rows are closer together so allowing as many seats as a conventional single side gangway layout. There is usually a lot more legroom when seats are arranged four across.
HL 7772 didn’t pass to West Riding in 9/50 as it had already left the fleet and was only registered HWR 396 after it had been rebuilt. Myers Wrose Tours Ltd only ran it three months so perhaps it wasn’t what they expected of it ?.
The PSVC records for Baldwin & Barlow {Heather Belle} show that HWR 396 only reached the unknown dealer in Gateshead in 9/60 so a suggestion that the Tower body may have been transferred to LPT 40 in 4/50 is clearly wide of the mark. It is certainly rare that two Tower bodied coaches should serve in the same fleet considering that the coachbuilder wasn’t exactly mainstream. (They only built one body on Leyland PS chassis)
What then is HWR 397 – I can’t find any reference to that in the B&S records?

Mike Bennett (PSV Circle)


29/10/18 – 05:49

Apologies for the reference to HWR 397-the vehicle I was referring to was HL 7773, HL 7772’s sister vehicle-I was trying to illustrate the fact that the bodies on both vehicles must have been pretty worn out, hence the re-bodying of one and the conversion of the other into a lorry.

David Hick


30/10/18 – 06:59

There’s a little more information about Tower Coachworks here. http://www.sct61.org.uk/ld29d
I’m aware that the address of Raine’s of Spennymoor was Tower Coachworks, but I don’t suspect any connection with the Leeds company.

David Call


30/10/18 – 07:00

To follow on Charles Marshall thread, Heather Bell also run a Regal MK 3 CFK541 which was New to Burnham’s of Worcestor in 6/1948 later sold onto Baldwin of Tow Law in 7/1953 operated by Heather Bell coach was used on the Bishop Auckland to Stanhope service. I have no withdrawal date of the coach. On retirement of Baldwin & Barlow Heather Bell was sold to Gibson’s in 1962.

Alan Coulson


27/11/18 – 07:07

Mike Bennett.
From having went to Unknown Gateshead dealer in 9/1960 HWR 396 ex Baldwin & Barlow coach went to D. Coates of Gateshead in 7/1961, no further trace thereafter.

Alan Coulson


12/09/18

KWR 450

KWR 450

KWR 450. PSV Circle list this as being on a Bedford OY chassis number 68232 with Barnaby B30F body new to E Laycock & Sons, Barnoldswick 1/51 fleet No 49. This looks more like a Duple Mk II bus body on an OB chassis. Maybe PSVC have made a mistake and its an OB chassis or number plates were swapped to an OB later? The OY was a 3 ton general purpose army truck chassis, shorter than the OB.
The Perkins badge on radiator grille suggests this had been re engined with a diesel engine, photo was apparently taken in Skipton bus station in the 1950’s when owned by Laycock

John Wakefield

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16/09/18 – 06:54

I think the key to the wheelbase issue is that the chassis was new in 1943 and was rebuilt before being bodied in 1951. The body in the photograph has several features shared with other Barnaby bodies of the period.The Perkins engine was probably fitted at time of the rebuild, Laycocks re-engined quite a few Bedfords with Perkins engines around this time.No 50 in fleet was an OWB rebuild, again with a Barnaby body and Perkins engine: www.flickr.com/photos/niagarekoja

David Hick


16/09/18 – 06:56

According to the Ezra Laycock ( First Bus in Yorkshire) book, this was an OB (P6 engine) purchased new in 1950.However looking at Laycocks other OBs including those purchased with the business of Silver Star of Carleton it appears to have a 1948 chassis number. While I don’t have a list of actual registration number dates, it would appear likely that KWR450 IS a 1950 registration.
Possibly,therefore it is either an OY which was never actually sold, or an earlier OB which for some reason was delivered out of sequence. Or there might be some other explanation altogether – perhaps connected with Perkins. Laycocks previous bus bodied OB together with bus bodied and downgraded coach bodied WTBs , and a rebuilt OWB were all fitted with Perkins engines.

Malcolm Hirst


02/09/18

Unidentified French(?) Bus Photo

GHB 361

Roger sent this photo saying he had sent details earlier but I did not receive them, I tried to email Roger but no reply. So what does anybody know about this one.

Roger Monk

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09/09/18 – 06:21

The bus is a Latil and like most, if not all, vehicles built by the company, it is RHD.

Pete Comb


29/08/18

Another Mystery Bus in Cambridge

camchara

This pic captioned date unknown is published on the Cambridge News web site. Caption says "Cambridge Charabanc outing date unknown".
looks to have been taken in early 1920’s, the name on the front reads ‘Ethelredia’, not sure if this is the name of the chara, or the operator, but no mention of a company called Ethelredia in Paul Carters ‘Cambridge 1’ book. Ortona had three Straker Squire chara’s CE7023-5 with 33 seat bodies, could be one of these.

John Wakefield

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29/08/18 – 10:22

Ethelreda (or Audrey) was a Christian saint connected with the Abbey Of Ely, so Ely may be a clue.

Joe


13/08/18

Mystery Bus in Cambridge

MPC_01

Local Cambridgeshire historian Mike Petty has recently posted this pic on Flickr but unfortunately has not captioned it. I think we can assume the pic was taken in Cambridge or surrounding area as Mike has put it in an album entitled ‘CambsPix’ by the looks of it in the early 1930’s.
Can anyone identify the make of coach and who the operator may be.

MPC_02

There is a crest on the side with what looks like 3 letters, but is very indistinct. The pic appears to have been copied from a book or other publication.

John Wakefield

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14/08/18 – 06:05

Commer Invader of around 1933, perhaps? No idea about the operator though.

Eric Bawden


15/08/18 – 06:45

With respect, this does not seem to be a Commer Invader, which, unlike the mystery bus, had narrow track axles, the front wheels being "embellished" with large hubcaps, precursors of the chromium plated excrescences of 1960s lightweights. www.flickr.com/photos/
In the years up to the 1930s a number of small operators in the Cambridge area used a garter style of fleetname which incorporated the initials of the proprietor. Both Norman Thompson of Harston & District, and Jabez Parnell of Haddenham & District employed this device, and, if we could decipher the lettering on the mystery bus, it might be possible to have a crack at identifying the operator and hence the vehicle. I have trawled through my books by Cambridgeshire transport expert Paul Carter without success.

Roger Cox


16/08/18 – 06:15

I’ve played around with this in Photoshop without too much success. The lettering in the garter I could marginally improve, enough to make a bit clearer the last three letters on the upper left side of the garter which seem to be Ltd. The first three letters on the top of the right hand side maybe Cam , the C is certain, the rest not so much. This looks like a short name on the left and a larger location on the right given the proportions of the space on each side of the garter. I can’t make much sense of the logo in the middle. What looks like legal lettering in white on the lower forward panel definitely starts with J but the second word has the wrong shapes for Parnell. Even though the lettering on the right of the garter begins with C there is no certainty that the coach isn’t visiting from further afield.

Phil Blinkhorn


16/08/18 – 06:16

The front hubs were the one reservation I had about it being a Commer.
The style of hub looks familiar, and quite distinctive but I can’t put my finger on it. Morris Commercial springs to mind, but I doubt it and the wheels aren’t right for a Ford BB.

Eric Bawden


16/08/18 – 06:17

Further reflections. The exuberance of the occupants suggests that this might well have been a visiting coach party rather than a local bus, in which case the vehicle could have come from way beyond the Cambridgeshire locality.

Roger Cox


17/08/18 – 06:58

A likely possibility is that the coach was a Gilford AS6 from Harston and District, (there is a pic of one (VE8761) on page 8 of Paul Carters Premier Travel book which looks to have the same or similar logo. If so it was being hired in by Edward Lainson, the man who started Premier Travel Ltd., who in 1932 started a bus company with some undergraduate friends and called it ‘Undergraduate Roadways’ I think this pic could have been taken on the inaugural trip.
Not sure, but the lady looking out of the passenger door window may be Edward Lainson’s girl friend later to become Mrs Lainson.
The pic is in Mike Petty’s Flickr postings ref No 186.64, unfortunately he has not activated a comments box for viewers to add comments, but various sizes of the pic can be down loaded.

John Wakefield


17/08/18 – 06:58

The angle of the photo makes identification of the vehicle rather difficult, but I harbour the notion that this might be a Gilford AS6, a type that was quite well represented in the eastern area. Like Phil, I have played about with the crest, in my case using PhotoZoom Pro which writes in extra pixels when zooming, but again without material success.

Roger Cox


17/08/18 – 06:59

I have now heard from Mike Petty, he says the coach was owned by S C Woolstenholmes of Haddenham Cambs. He does not know what the make of coach is or what it was doing.

John Wakefield


19/08/18 – 06:43

Further info has come to light via Martin Ingle and Cambridgeshire Community Archive. The coach is possibly Gilford AS6 HF 7747 new to Harding & Taylor, Birkenhead in 1931 and later passing to Sidney Charles Woolstenholme of Haddenham in who’s ownership it was in the pic (date unknown) taken in Hillrow, Haddenham, the initials in logo are SCW. So pic not taken in Cambridge! see http://haddenham-aldreth.ccan.co.uk/

John Wakefield


20/08/18 – 06:41

Congratulations on your detective work, John. Gratifying, too, that our identification of the vehicle type was accurate. The garter style fleetname must have been a speciality of a sign writer in the locality – no vinyls back in the 1930s – as it was used by Jabez Parnell and Norman Thompson, as well as Sidney Charles Woolstenholme, and possibly by others.

Roger Cox


22/08/18 – 06:38

It would be interesting to know what is written in the garter.

Phil Blinkhorn


24/08/18 – 07:24

Phil, the version of this picture on Johns link (click on the bottom right hand corner for a bigger view) suggests to me that there is nothing at all written in the circumference of the garter. It has emerged that Sidney Charles Woolstenholmes was fundamentally a haulage operator specialising in the bulk collection of milk from farms around the Black Fen region, and his two private hire coaches were a sideline to his main activities. The lorries seem to have had a more flamboyant version of the garter device as seen here:- http://haddenham-aldreth.ccan.co.uk/

Roger Cox


25/08/18 – 07:05

I’m not sure when transfers came into common usage, but blank garter transfers were produced, requiring a sign writer to merely ‘personalise’ them for an operator.

David Williamson


26/08/18 – 07:12

The initials in the garter, and the garter itself, on the coach are totally different to the monogram on the lorry garter. I don’t think that Mr. Woolstenholme would have used different initials on his lorries and coaches, with the lorries being more complex than that on the coaches. Unless some elements of the Coach initials have been lost in the photographic process the initials appear to read L.E.R.

David Hick


26/08/18 – 07:14

Having now identified the operator of the coach, the question still remains as to what it was doing. I still think it was being hired in to Edward Lainson for his fledgling Undergraduate Roadways. The passengers do look like undergraduate types rather than ‘fen folk’ I am sure I have seen this photo before in connection with Lainson & Undergraduate Roadways. Its not in Paul Carters books (Cambridge 1 or Premier Travel) nor in Premier’s own book Premier’s Progress edited by Mrs Lainson.

John Wakefield


28/07/18

468

468

This came out of a pile of rubbish left when clearing out someone’s effects. It was found in Derbyshire. Sorry I don’t have any more information. It is 9" x 35" and I would guess it has come from a lower deck bulkhead. Can anyone tell me more about it please?

David Rhodes

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29/07/18 – 07:28

Looks suspiciously like STD (Sheffield) typeface and 468 would make it a PD3/1 Roe H39/30R of 1959.

David Oldfield


29/07/18 – 07:28

This is typically Sheffield Transport. My guess is that it came off the saloon side of the bulkhead behind the driver. Best guess HWA 148, an AEC Regent of 1942

Les Dickinson


29/07/18 – 07:30

This is a pure guess, but the font of "468" vaguely points to Sheffield Corporation (and I have no idea why, as I have never been particularly familiar with them).

Malcolm Hirst


30/07/18 – 06:25

Like David, Les and Malcolm, I immediately thought of Sheffield.
That same typeface was also used by Rochdale Corporation although I know it isn’t one of theirs.
The name ‘Tearn’s Transfers’ also came to mind but I don’t know if Tearn’s made the transfers for Rochdale and Sheffield. I Googled Tearn’s and the company (or a successor) still trades today.

David Slater


30/07/18 – 06:25

David Oldfield could be right as the one he refers to would have been withdrawn in the mid-seventies however I believe that the numbers were applied direct to the panel-work by then rather than being on a separate block as shown in the picture. HWA 148 became Gritter G51 for many years after being withdrawn from passenger service so bits may have survived longer than normal. Be interesting to see where this one goes though.

Les Dickinson


30/07/18 – 06:26

Smoking was prohibited, but presumably spitting was permitted!!!

Chris Hebbron


31/07/18 – 06:48

Thanks to everyone who has had a go at solving the puzzle. I thought it likely to be Sheffield – it just has that look about it. ECW bulkhead panels had the main one placed centrally. I only ever saw "no spitting" on Huddersfield trolleybuses. The colour of this panel is quite strange because it appears to have a metallic tinge mixed into the cream. Pity somebody had a scratch around at it and just spoiled the tidiness. So there it is. I think we all agree on Sheffield, but not sure about the actual vehicle. I’ll probably put it on eBay at some time in the future and that’ll make sure that it goes to the right home – someone who appreciates it.

David Rhodes


01/08/18 – 07:21

Other operators to have NO SPITTING notices were to my knowledge, Ashton Corporation, Swindon, SHMD Joint Board, and St Helens.
I am sure there are others.

Stephen Howarth


01/08/18 – 07:23

One query…what would be under the smudged out part above the number, if anything?

Chris Hebbron


01/08/18 – 07:23

Rochdale Corporation’s take on the spitting sign was ‘SPITTING STRICTLY PROHIBITED’

David Slater


02/08/18 – 06:12

From the 1940s until well into the 1950s Manchester Corporation’s vehicles’ lower deck bulkheads contained two admonishments. Above the nearside window "NO SPITTING", above the driver’s window "NO SMOKING". The central pillar carried an advertising space frequently extolling the benefits of using the Manchester Ship Canal often ending with the slogan "Use the Ship Canal" In the days before widespread car ownership many of Manchester’s importers and exporters went to work by bus.
The admonishment about spitting and the advert were combined by a local comedian in his music hall act and the saying "Don’t spit, use the Ship Canal" became a well known local saying.

Phil Blinkhorn


02/08/18 – 06:13

Tom Robinson, secretary of the Sheffield Transport Study Group is of the opinion that the saloon bulkhead panel shown from 468 would be from Roe-bodied PD3 4468WE as the bulkhead panel from HWA 148 of 1942 would have been in wood and the one shown appears to be metal.

John Darwent


02/08/18 – 06:14

‘SPITTING STRICTLY PROHIBITED’ was perhaps more prevalent in the coalfield areas where many miners used to chew tobacco rather than smoke it. The practice, I believe, required required spit to be discharged at certain intervals.
Derby Corporation had an unusual notice: PLEASE KEEP YOU FEET OFF THE PANELS – although it didn’t specify which panels.

Chris Barker


03/08/18 – 05:15

It wasn’t only a problem on buses, my grandfather was a railway guard on the Woodhead line, he also used to chew tobacco and would spit into the open fire at home. At our house he would sometimes forget and spit all down the front of our flame effect gas fire!

Tony Johnson


04/08/18 – 07:17

I can remember, passing through Carlisle in the mid-1950’s, going into a pub one evening. As per usual, I went into the lounge which was full of women, giving me an unwelcome stare. I decided to go into the Public Bar. It had sawdust on the floor, which was awash with beer and there was a spittoon in one corner, which one person decided to use I beat a hasty retreat and went back to the hotel and to bed! Aah, the good old days!

Chris Hebbron


05/08/18 – 07:37

Chris,in SHMD territory only what was termed a "Southern Jessie" would try and go in the Lounge. As a child I would be sent in there to get a large jug filled up with Stout to take home to my cotton mill worker Grandmother. When I was beyond the bottle of pop and packet of crisps age I used to drink with my Dad and Grandads, this had to be in the Vault. This would be full of men like them with arms like Popeye.(the product of hard manual labour, not gym and steroids), most of these men had served in one or both wars. The time to leave would be if one of them put his dimpled pint glass upside down on the bar, this was a challenge that he would take on anybody in a fist fight.

Tony Johnson


05/08/18 – 07:37

"Spitting Prohibited" was on the lower deck bulkhead of Hants and Dorset buses at least until those delivered as late as the early sixties. As an apprentice in the early seventies I asked why it was there and was told it was to try to reduce the spread of TB.

Steve Barnett


06/08/18 – 06:26

I think TB is the most likely. It was a nasty killer and spitting in mining areas was not just the (declining?) footballer gesture, but a whole ritual of collecting…that will do…The top brown bit looks like a dab of paint as if covering up the ownership- but who?

Joe


09/07/18

GO 8512

GO 8512

GO 8512_2

I’ve attached a photo of GO 8512 which I have been unable to identify and I would be grateful if you could upload to the DYK feature. I have received permission from the Museum which owns the photo to do this.

Nigel Turner

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10/07/18 – 07:32

To expand on the caption, the photo is in the collection of Halstead (Essex) Museum and should therefore logically have some connection with the area.

Nigel Turner


10/07/18 – 07:30

Sorry, no idea, but at the risk of being called a smart Alec, the close up reveals that it is actually GD 8512.

Stephen Ford


10/07/18 – 07:33

To me that registration is without doubt GD 8512 – the corners of the letter are not all the same as they would be if it was an ‘O’.

David Beilby


11/07/18 – 06:02

Yes, certainly looks like GD which was a Glasgow mark.

Andy Johnson


11/07/18 – 06:05

I’m fairly sure this is a REO Pullman, similar to this one: http://transpressnz.blogspot.com

John Stringer


11/07/18 – 06:06

Registration GD 8512 was issued in 1927 in Glasgow. It is a REO (REO Pullman?).

David Hick


05/08/18 – 07:33

According to "Fred" who posted on sct61.org.uk this was a 26 seat REO Pullman first registered in Glasgow in October 1927. It later served with A.E. Letch of Sible Hedingham.
Letch sold his operations in June 1960 to his part time assistant, a keen enthusiast called Donald MacGregor. Mr. MacGregor renamed the business "Hedingham & District Omnibuses" and spent the next fifty years building it in to a major operator.
Thanks to all who contributed. Now all we have to do is find the location!

Nigel Turner


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