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Welcome to the Site Blog


For those who are wondering (or maybe even starting gently to mutter), a Blog is defined as a Web site or page on which an individual or group of users record opinions, information, etc. on a regular basis (or as a verb, to add new material to or regularly update a blog).
I can't think of a better word to describe what I've meant to do for sometime which is somewhere to record and bring to everyone's notice information on a day-to-day basis about the SCT'61 web site, whether it's what's been added recently, how to make the most of it, how to use the site or problems that have occurred.
At one time I maintained a "What's New" page but that was a bit limiting and the site was a lot quieter and additions much fewer then (but you can still see it here if you're interested).
Hope you find it useful.

Saturday 9th September 2017


It's the turn for some open-toppers photos at the head of the home page

Tuesday 1st August 2017


A change in style with the photos at the head of the home page, just Southdown

Saturday 11th March 2017


It's the turn for some trolleybus photos at the head of the home page

Sunday 5th February 2017


Time for another change of the photos at the top of the homepage so out go the AEC Regal half cabs and in come a selection of Bristol Ks.

Friday 4th November 2016


Time for another change of the photos at the top of the homepage so out go the Leyland Titan PD3 double-deckers and in come a selection of AEC Regal half cabs.

Thursday 20th October 2016


Just added an index for the bodybuilder Wilks & Meade

Monday 27th June 2016


Time for another change of the photos at the top of the homepage so out go the Daimler CW double-deckers and in come a selection of Leyland Titan PD3 double-deckers.

Tuesday 15th March 2016



Malcolm's latest gallery, Utilities

Thursday 28th January 2016


Another gallery from Malcolm Pelling, Treasures of the Twenties and Thirties is now available.

Saturday 23rd January 2016


Time for another change of the photos at the top of the homepage so out go the half-cab Guy Arab double-deckers and in come a selection of Daimler CW double-deckers.

Friday 22nd January 2016


Malcolm Pelling has been putting together a number of galleries recently and the latest Uses for an Old Bus is now available.

Sunday 17th January 2016


After nearly nine years hosting the site on the same server, I need to move it because it's getting a bit old and the hosting company are threatening to stop supporting it. So I've moved to a new company (and saved quite a bit of money) and the site will be moved across during the day.
There will be a period when you can't post messages but hopefully not too long.

Wednesday 1st July 2015


Time for another change of the photos at the top of the homepage so out go the Daimler Fleetlines and in come a selection of half-cab Guy Arab double-deckers.

Sunday 21st December 2014


A new gallery covering the Leyland Titan PD1, PD2 and PD3 and all the variants.

Saturday 6th December 2014


Time for another change of the photos at the top of the homepage so out go the Leyland PS1s and PS2s and in come a selection of Daimler Fleetline double-deckers.

Thursday 27th November 2014


The galleries containing John Boylett's photos have grown so I've now split them into four parts ...
The first part covering 1958 can be found here.
The second part covering 1959 can be found here.
The third part covering 1960-62 can be found here.
The fourth part covering 1963 and later can be found here.

Saturday 22nd November 2014


Added a gallery for the photos we have of coach rallies in Blackpool during the 1960s and 70s - the gallery is here.

Saturday 1st November 2014


Time for another change of the photos at the top of the homepage so out go the Dennis double and single deckers and in come a selection of Leyland PS1s and PS2s from the early postwar years.

Tuesday 23rd September 2014


Added an index for Yelloway, Rochdale, currently fourteen photos.

Saturday 20th September 2014


Time for another change of the photos at the top of the homepage so out go the AEC Regents and in come a selection of Dennis double and single deckers.

Thursday 31st July 2014


Time for another change of the photos at the top of the homepage so out go the Bristol FLFs and in come a selection of AEC Regents.

Friday 11th July 2014


The first photo from John Boylett film 171 covering a trip he made to Coventry, Rugeley and Uttoxeter in May 1964, 35 in all covering Coventry, PMT, Green Bus and Stevensons plus a few more.

Sunday 29th June 2014


Added an index for McLennan, Spitalfield for the six new photos from John added today to go with the eight we already had.

Friday 27th June 2014


Time for another change of the photos at the top of the homepage so out go the Leyland PD1s and in come a selection of Bristol FLFs (or possibly the occasional FL or FSF).

Wednesday June 4th 2014


Another set of photos taken by John Boylett at Ascot races, this one from July 1962.

Saturday March 22nd 2014


A very under represented municipal operator on the site is Luton Corporation, but just added some photos from Roland taken in 1960.

Thursday March 20th 2014


The London Transport (including London Country and Green Line) list in the photo index was getting a bit unwieldy so it's now split into three parts.
First buses and trolleybuses in service,
second vehicles sold on and in use elsewhere
and finally vehicles in preservation.

Thursday March 20th 2014


Time I changed the photos at the top of the homepage so out go the Crossleys and in come a selection of Leyland PD1s.

Saturday 15th March 2014


Added Leicestershire independent Brown's Blue to the index of photos, prompted by the first photo in a film (reel 126) that John Boylett took in Leicester in February 1963 but in the process discovering there are 8 other photos already on the site.

Monday 3rd March 2014


Added a gallery for the small but growing collection of Lisbon, UK built, buses

Sunday 2nd March 2014


Added an index for Harper Bros of Heath Hayes, see it here.

Tuesday 18th February 2014


The first photo from a later John Boylett film, film 341, including 14 Samuel Ledgard photos taken on a special trip by John to Leeds just before the West Yorkshire takeover.

Wednesday 29th January 2014


From time to time a photo arrives which for me has that extra special something. One of these which I've added to the site today is from John Boylett's visit to Dumfries in 1962 of former East Yorkshire Leyland PS1, by then with local operator Carruthers, as it backs into its allotted space in Whitesands, Dumfries.

Thursday 16th January 2014


After 10+ years, I've changed the site home page to among other things take advantage of wider screens that most people have.

The old layout has been there since at least the end of 2002 which is a long time ( see here if you're interested, the original layout is here. ) !

Friday 10th January 2014


Been rather neglecting the blog, but worth recording adding to the site the last of the photos that John Boylett took on his Scottish trip in July 1959, taking in Perth on the 24th, Inverness the 24th and 25th, Glasgow on the 26th, and finally Airdrie and Hamilton on the 29th.

Thursday 28th November 2013


Discussion about recovery vehicles reminded me that I'd been sitting (but only for 9 and a bit years!) on a photo taken by John Whiteley of the Hebble Bedford with body utilising mainly Harrington Cavalier parts.

I've lost touch with John but I am in his debt - he saw some of my own Yorkshire photos posted on the site, was prompted to send me his to add to the site which were then seen by John Kaye which in turn prompted him to start contributing photos, starting the snowball rolling.

Thanks John.

Tuesday 26th November 2013


Sadly another memorial gallery, this time of photos taken by the late David Manning, courtesy of Brian Pask and the Essex Transport Group.

You can see the gallery here.

Sunday 24th November 2013


About time I changed the photos at the top of the homepage so out go the Atlanteans and in come a selection of Crossley double deckers.

Saturday 23rd November 2013


There's been discussion about the bus and coach bodies built by Barnaby so I've added a index of Barnaby photos on the site here.

Wednesday 30th October 2013


John has realised that there were some scanning problems with the recent set of photos that John Boylett took in Peterborough which resulted in the photos appearing quite "blocky" so he's kindly rescanned them and I'll replace them on the site over the next week or so.
They are still not perfect because the film was very much under-exposed and there is also some deterioration in parts of the film, particularly at the edges, but they are definitely worth having. The conditions must have been difficult for John B. with the bright January sunshine.

Saturday 26th October 2013


Following some recent discussions about the 30' prototype Bristol LDLs, a photo of the sole LDL6G in the Notts & Derby fleet.

Saturday 26th October 2013


A few small changes to the Map screen for finding pictures based on where they were taken.
There are now links to this page and the Search page on the site home page so you won't need to remember the page names. The address of the map page has changed, it's now simply http://www.sct61.org.uk/map
Also if you change the location of a bus photo, this should appear immediately on the map (except our old friend the browser cache may interfere)
The search page also has an extra thing you can search on, the year the bus (or trolley or tram) was new. Normally if a bus was rebodied, the new date is the date the chassis was new. These dates are certainly not 100% accurate for various reasons, let me know of any glaring errors

Friday 25th October 2013


After claims of discrimination against Oldham, I've added a photo index page for Seddon.
Also, following discussion of the bodybuilding side, I've also changed the body builder entry to "Seddon/Pennine Coachcraft"

Tuesday 22nd October 2013


Like this photo, a very busy scene at Worswick Street Bus Station, Newcastle

Friday 18th October 2013


Recent discussions about running out of old photos have obviously been taken to heart because today and yesterday I've had 58 photos sent in plus another 54 better quality rescans of photos we've already got on the site. A lot but certainly not all are down to Paul H's new scanner.

My usual approach of adding a related batch of photos each day is a bit overwhelmed so instead I've added the pick of each set of submissions.

Thursday 17th October 2013


Continuing John Boylett's visit to Glasgow in July 1959 (and before that Inverness), a selection of Lawson single and double deckers in Dundas Street.

You may have also noticed a fairly major exercise I've done of attaching a short name to each photo which then shows up on the message board titles or on the map. Fortunately I was able to automate the job so I didn't need to type in 10,000 odd fleet names and numbers although I then did discover a number of photos that weren't in the indexes

Wednesday 2nd October 2013


The long promised page that shows on a map the position of all the photos that we've tagged so far ...
Try here
Click on one of the markers and you should see a list of photos at that location, you can then click on one to see the photo.
There are a few caveats which I'll tidy up later, it only shows photos dated 1995 and before, a crude measure to not overload the map with rally photos. Also the map does not regenerate automatically if you add the location of another photo or correct an existing location. Where buses have been marked as only 30 to 60 feet apart then the map shows them in one location.
Finally it seems to crash the browser on my iPad but I don't think that's anything I've done wrong.

Sunday 29th September 2013


The promised set of photos from the Seaton Tramway, the good weather this summer unfortunately didn't quite hold out for Brian

Saturday 28th September 2013


A nice set of photos taken by Brian and Ken at last Saturday's Kingsbridge Running Day. You can see them all in the 2013 Rally and Events Gallery.

Friday 27th September 2013


A bit of self-indulgence, I came across the Wayback machine website again a few days ago, I've used it before but forgotten all about it.
What the site does is periodically archive websites and to my amazement they have a copy of the site from the 3rd October 1999 - its here - when the site just had my Southend Corporation and Eastern National photos.

You can see all the archives here for the original web address and here for the current web address.

Thursday 26th September 2013


Just added the last photo from John Boylett reel 37, the visit he made to Peterborough in January 1958, 34 photos but one was a duplicate. Apparently there are 21 more photos he took on the visit on the next reel which we'll add a bit later.

Monday 24th September 2013


Not sure if anyone's noticed but the button that shows the location on the Ordnance Survey 1:25000 maps, 1937-61, hasn't been working properly - it's been showing a different map although you could then view the 1:25000 map from a selection on the left of the screen.
Anyway, I've found another site that shows the same map and I can choose which map I want, plus the added advantage that I can show a marker on the map of where we reckon the bus, tram or trolley was.
These are my favourite maps, as an example click on the picture on the left, click show location and then "Show 1937-61 1:25000 OS Map" to see what I mean.
You can also choose other historic maps, the 1923 half inch map shows just how much has been built on since then (but then it was 90 years ago)

Saturday 14th September 2013


Two new operators on the website in the same photo, Longland of Crowland (and four others taken the same day by John B) and it's former owner, Fisons Pest Control who bought it new.

Friday 13th September 2013


About time I changed the photos at the top of the homepage so out go the Reliances and in come a selection of Atlanteans.

Wednesday 11th September 2013


I knew it was a mistake calling it a "daily" blog.
A taste of the next set of John Boylett's photos, a day trip to Peterborough, featuring Eastern Counties of course, with support from OK Motor Services, Delaine, Longland, Cream Bus Service and more.

Sunday 8th September 2013


Four photos from Donald H which he sent me a week or two ago, including two I've added to the Contractors' Gallery.

Saturday 7th September 2013


Added a set of photos from Barry N, mainly from his collection, of the earlier days of Timpsons - all the photos for them are here, as well as this very atmospheric photo he took in Hastings to go with two that John Boylett took there in early 1959 including this one.

Friday 6th September 2013


Photos from new contributors are always welcome, including this busy Walsall scene, one of the first from Tony M.
You can see all Tony's photos so far here

Thursday 5th September 2013


Following on from some discussions about Lowlanders, added three more including this one of one of East Midlands' 1962/3 delivery - click on the photo to see the follow up discussions.
Also a set of photos taken at the "minature" tramway in Eastbourne in the 1960s to go with the ones we had already - see them all here.

Tuesday, 3rd September 2013


Unusually no xx years ago photos today.
It's not strictly true because only older pictures are displayed (otherwise on certain days it would be swamped by rally pictures), a more recent photo taken 22 years ago is this ex-Eastern National FLF in the US.
You can always check for photos taken on certain days by going to the Search screen and entering e.g. "3 Sep" in the "Photo date taken" field (you can also search for photos taken in a certain month e.g. "sep 1982" which should also find those photos where only the month and not the exact day is known)