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A Summer on the Buses

Part 4 - August 1967

This is the fourth part of my diary of a summer on the buses.
The first part for April is here, the second part for May and a few days in June is here, the third part for July is here and the fifth and final part for September is here.

Tuesday August 1st, 1967

Weather sunny and hot

Day off today, was offered a rest day's work but decided to take the day off.

Wednesday August 2nd, 1967


8 years later, PD3 336 was on loan to London Transport, seen here in Croydon
Weather morning and afternoon rain, clear in the evening.

In by bus for a 06:42 start, with driver Jim Monroe today.

First half in Highbridge PD3 336, the 06:46 route 3 from Southend to Canvey Leigh Beck, the dreaded 07:51 route 3A through to Shoeburyness and the 09:11 route 3A back to Southend where handed over just before 09:30. Not too bad, only 150 tickets on the whole trip, nearly full from Canvey into Benfleet Station but otherwise gentle. The 07:31 route 3 and the 07:51 route 3A from Canvey had the reputation of being the worst trips, filling up multiple times en-route with both people going to work and schoolchildren (but of course the latter were on holiday in August).

Second half in Lowlander 330 on the 10:30 route 1 from Southend to Rayleigh, the 11:16 route 7 to Shoeburyness Cambridge Hotel, the 12:26 route 8 to Rayleigh and the 13:31 route 8 back to Southend where handed over. Quietish except out of Rayleigh on the 8 and out of Southend on the 7 - the wet weather meant not many people wanted the seafront.

Finish at 14:30, took 17 in total, home by bus.

Thursday August 3rd, 1967


247 at the Kursaal, 9 years earlier, before the windshield upstairs had been fitted
Weather mainly sunny, some showers

A rare event, up at the same time as my Mum & Dad and even had a lift with my Dad part way to work, the reason being that I had an 08:42 signon for an open top duty, a very civilised time.

With driver Ray Smith in Daimler 247, dead to Leigh Rectory Grove, then the 09:04 route 68 to Shoeburyness East Beach (the first of the day), the 09:45 to Leigh Thames Drive, the 10:28 to Shoeburyness East Beach and the 11:15 to Kursaal where handed over.

Break at the cafe, then second half, first in hired National KSW open topper 2384, route 68 Kursaal to Leigh Thames Drive, to Kursaal. Then back in 247, route 68 Kursaal to Leigh Thames Drive, to Shoeburyness East Beach, to Leigh Thames Drive, to Shoeburyness East Beach and finally to Kursaal.
Caught a 7 back to Central Station and walked back to the garage. Sold 600+ tickets and took 20/10/0, a busy day.

Friday August 4th, 1967

Weather sunny but cold

In by car for a 05:45 start - 6mins 13 secs via Southchurch Road.

On spare today, called out for one route 29 to the Woodcutters Arms and back, took 8s/8d.
Then at 08:30 took the waybills over to the Civic Centre and had a look around from the roof, 13 odd floors up. Strolled back, getting back to the garage at 09:10 but immediately on a bus change for a 3 to Canvey because of bad brakes.
After break nothing more and released at 13:00.

Saturday August 5th, 1967

Weather mainly sunny.

In by bus for an 07:23 signon with driver Jim Pryors.

First half in lowbridge PD3 311, the 07:43 route 8 from Central Station to Rayleigh High Street, the 08:31 route 8 to Shoeburyness Cambridge Hotel, the 09:41 route 7 to Rayleigh High Street and the 10:47 route 1 back to Southend handing over at 11:25. The 7 was full up from Shoeburyness into Southend and the 1 was busy out of Rayleigh, otherwise not too bad. Took 12.

Second half was spare, 12:15 to 16:15, but not needed. Released at 15:40 and bus home.

Pay for the week 14/10/5 which after deductions (and plus an extra 2/- for seafront expenses) gave me 11/9/6 in hand.

Sunday August 6th, 1967

Weather cloudy but dry

In by car for a 15:56 signon, with Jim Potton again on open tops.
Caught a bus down to the Kursaal and picked up 2380 (another hired National open topper, replacing 2384 whose brakes had failed). On route 68, the 16:25 to Shoeburyness East Beach, the 16:45 to Leigh Thames Drive, the 17:28 to Shoeburyness East Beach, the 18:15 to Leigh Thames Drive and finally the 18:58 to Kursaal where handed over and had the usual 30 minute break in the seafront cafe.

Second half in 247 on route 68 again, the 19:55 Kursaal to Shoeburyness East Beach, the 20:15 to Leigh Thames Drive, the 20:58 to Shoeburyness East Beach, the 21:45 to Leigh Thames Drive, the 22:28 to Shoeburyness Cambridge Hotel due there at 23:07 and dead to the garage.

On one of the trips to Shoeburyness as we headed past Thorpe Bay Corner had a car behind flashing their lights and trying to attract my attention as I stood on the rear platform. Realised they had spotted the long blonde hair of the two passengers in the rear seat upstairs, not sure what they expected me to do but tried and failed to tell them it was actually a mother and daughter.

Not too busy, issued 400 tickets and took 16 but no full loads. Gave Jim a lift home, away before official duty finish time of 23:34.

Monday August 7th, 1967


Lowlander 331
Weather sunny and hot

On the beach for a swim in the morning, then in by car for 15:10.
A lot of Rayleigh "Rounds", in Lowlander 325, the 15:28 route 7 Southend to Shoeburyness Cambridge Hotel, the 15:56 route 8 to Rayleigh High Street, the 17:02 route 1 to Southend, the 17:45 route 1 back to Rayleigh, the 18:31 route 8 to Shoeburyness again and the 19:41 route 7 back to Southend where handed over. Busy especially the first 7 , the 1 out of Southend and the final route 7. On the 1 out of Southend, full up out of Victoria Circus, collected all the fares by Chalkwell Schools 8 mins later and then nothing to do as all the passengers were travelling long distance and no more could get on.

Break then more of the same, in Lowlander 331, the 20:58 route 7 Southend to Shoeburyness Cambridge Hotel, the 21:26 route 8 to Rayleigh High Street and the 22:31 route 8 back to Southend. The 8 was busy out of Southend but only 5 passengers the whole way on the return trip.
Took total of 16/10/0, home by half eleven.

Tuesday August 8th, 1967


A classic shot of 316 taken in 1961
Weather cloudy and quite wet

In by car for 15:10, with a new driver (sorry didn't make a note of his name).
In lowbridge PD3 316, the 15:45 route 1 Southend to Rayleigh High Street, the 16:31 route 8 to Shoeburyness Cambridge Hotel, the 17:41 route 7 back to Rayleigh High Street, the 18:47 route 1 to Southend and time for a break.

Second half in 281, the 20:16 route 6A from Central Station to Newington Avenue, the 20:36 route 6 to Kent Elms Corner, the 21:24 route 6 back to Newington Avenue, the 22:06 route 6A to Kent Elms Corner and the 22:54 route 6A back to Newington Avenue and finally the 23:36 route 6 to Victoria Circus, London Road and dead to the garage.

Quiet day, took just 14/15/0, home by midnight.

My diary says 281 but records say 281 had headed north to dealer Millburn Motors the previous year so I guess I recorded the wrong number, maybe it was 282, the only one of that batch still in service in 1967.

Wednesday August 9th, 1967


291
Weather sunny periods, dry, warm

In by car for a 14:30 start, W.A.R. (work as required). Lumbered around 5 for a route 7 in 291, Southend to Kursaal and back to Southend but got really "clobbered" on the short stretch back from Kursaal to Central Station.
After break in Bridgemaster 318 on the 18:43 route 8 from Southend to Rayleigh High Street and the 19:31 route 8 back to Southend. Got back to garage at 20:40, told I could go but would be paid until 22:00.

Thursday August 10th, 1967


323 heading for Rayleigh a year earlier
Weather sun, cloud and showers

In by bus for a 15:10 start with driver Dennis Gibbs.
In PD2 279, route 6A Southend to Newington Avenue, route 6 to Kent Elms Corner, route 6A to Newington Avenue, route 6A to Kent Elms Corner, route 6 to Newington Avenue and route 6 back to Southend Central Station and back to the garage. Chronically busy, took 11, 400+ tickets, mostly 3d and 4d.

After break in Lowlander 323, the 20:13 route 8 Southend to Rayleigh High Street, the 21:01 route 8 to Southend where handed over, then Lowlander 332, the 22:00 route 1 to Rayleigh High Street and the 22:46 route 7 back to Southend. All trips nice and quiet, got all money bagged and waybill finished before we the end of the journey so had plenty of time to catch the last 3 home at 23:43.

Friday August 11th, 1967

Weather cloudy, evening showers

Day off today.

Saturday August 12th, 1967


287
Weather cloudy, evening drizzle

In by car for 15:00 with driver Dave, not sure of his surname.
First half in PD2 287 on short route 7s, Southend to Kursaal, to Hockley Spa, to Pier Hill, to Hockley Spa, to Kursaal and to Central Station. It was carnival day and the seafront was closed which is why we turned at Pier Hill on the middle trip - the 7s and 8s to Shoeburyness were going via Woodgrange Drive. Very quiet, took 5.

Second half in lowbridge PD3 316, the 19:28 route 7 Southend to Shoeburyness Cambridge Hotel, the 19:56 route 8 to Rayleigh High Street and 21:01 route 8 to Southend where handed over. Also quiet, on the last trip only 8 passengers and half of those were after The Bell.

45 minutes W.A.R., then in PD2 309, dead to Pier Hill, route 29 to Woodcutters Arms and dead back to the garage. Busyish. Home by 23:20.

Pay for the week 15/19/6 which after deductions (less a deduction of 4d for shorts and plus an extra 2/- for seafront expenses) gave me 12/10/- in hand.

Sunday August 13th, 1967

Weather cloudy, some rain especially in the afternoon.

Day off today.

Monday August 14th, 1967


Open topper 2378 ended up as a tree lopper
Weather cloudy, wet, especially in the morning, very wet

Sad day today, last day for the pirate ship Radio London being closed down by the government so set up my tape recorder to record the last hour. Unfortunately there was nobody at home at 3 to switch the reel-to-reel recorder off so I set up a device that when the end of the spool was reached and it started to spin the spool very quickly, the flying end of the tape would hit a screw on a metal plate and knock it off - this screw was connected to a relay so it would cut the power off (at least I wasn't putting mains voltage through the flying screw).

Anyway another day on seafronts route 68s with Jim Potton, very enjoyable as ever. Sign on at 09:04, then in Daimler 247 dead to Leigh Thames Drive, the 09:28 to Shoeburyness East Beach, the 10:15 to Leigh Thames Drive, the 10:58 to Shoeburyness East Beach and the 11:45 to Kursaal for a break.

After the 30 minute break in hired National KSW 2378 the 12:30 from Kursaal to Leigh Thames Drive and the 12:58 to Kursaal. Then back on 247, the 13:30 from Kursaal to Leigh Thames Drive, the 13:58 to Shoeburyness East Beach, the 14:45 to Leigh Thames Drive, the 15:28 to Shoeburyness East Beach and the 16:15 to Kursaal and finished, back to the garage.

A quiet day because it was so wet, only took 8/10/-, home by 5pm to check if my tape recorder ... and the tape ... and the house electrics .... had survived which they had (although the tape was a few inches shorter with the bits scattered around). I still have the tape somewhere in the loft, just no means of playing it.

Tuesday August 15th, 1967

Weather wet all day.

Not a good day - alarm was set to wake me for a 05:23 signon but either I slept through it or it didn't work, woken up at 07:30. I would have missed nearly half the shift by the time I'd got in so phoned up at 10 and told a white lie about not being well.

Wednesday August 16th, 1967

Weather sun and heavy showers

Woke up without the alarm at 5:40 ... I must have switched off the alarm without waking!
Anyway made it in by car for my 06:03 start - did the trip via the seafront in 6 mins 12 secs again but was held up at traffic lights for 30 seconds.

With driver Bob Reynolds again today, in Highbridge PD3 336 on the 06:23 route 3, Southend to Shoeburyness, the 06:51 route 3 to Canvey Leigh Beck, the 08:21 route 3A back to Southend where handed over. Busy especially on Canvey - took 4 in 20 minutes - but nothing too bad.

Second half in Lowlander 324, the 10:00 route 1 Southend to Rayleigh, the 10:46 route 7 to Shoeburyness Cambridge Hotel, the 11:56 route 8 back to Rayleigh and the 13:01 route 8 back to Southend where handed over. Nice and quiet except out of Rayleigh.

Took 18/10/- all day, finish at 13:45.

Thursday August 17th, 1967


295 a few years later at Central Station
Weather dry, quite warm with sunny periods

Up at 05:50 and in by bus for 07:00 W.A.R. Got lumbered at 07:50 to finish off a whole shift of route 16/17 until 15:30.

The 16s and 17s had their own staff rota and the crews just worked these routes and got the same duty every day - would not have been my choice.

First half in 294, the 08:10 route 16 Central Station to Temple Sutton Schools, the 08:24 route 17 to Woodcutter's Arms, the 09:05 route 17 to Temple Sutton Schools, the 09:45 route 16 to Kent Elms Corner, the 10:19 route 16 to Temple Sutton Schools and the 10:54 route 17 to Central Station where handed over.
After confirming I had the whole shift, break at the National.
Second half first in 294 again, the 12:00 route 17 Central Station to Temple Sutton Schools, the 12:15 route 16 to Kent Elms Corner, the 12:49 route 16 to Temple Sutton Schools and the 13:24 route 17 to Central Station where handed over.
Then in 295, route 16 Central Station to Temple Sutton Schools, route 17 to Woodcutter's Arms, route 17 to Temple Sutton Schools, route 16 to Central Station where finished.
Took 16, second half very busy plus on the 16 to Kent Elms Corner, a route 6 in front had an accident so had all his passengers as well to Westcliff Station.

Home by bus.

Friday August 18th, 1967

Weather dry, warm, cloudy

In by bus for an 06:30 start, start in PD2 304 on the 06:43 route 8 from Southend (transferring passengers from an OMO single decker) to Rayleigh High Street, the 07:32 route 1 back to Southend, dead to Great Wakering Church, the 08:33 route 4 back to Southend Central Station arriving at 08:53, then dead to the garage. The 4 was quite busy and the 1 was busy until Kenneth Road.
Then two return trips to Shoebury, in 334 on the 09:13 route 3A to Shoeburyness Cambridge Hotel and the 09:45 back to Southend, then in 344 on the 10:13 route 3A to Shoeburyness Cambridge Hotel and the 10:45 back to Southend. Trips quiet.

Time for a break but had to change my ticket machine because it was registering odd halfpennies. The Chief was there, took it apart and showed me the works and why it was going wrong.

Second half started in lowbridge PD3 311, the 11:58 route 7 from Central Station to Rayleigh High Street, and the 12:47 route 1 back to Southend. The 1 was very busy - picked up a schoolfriend working as a conductor on his way in to work. Then in PD2 295 on the 13:40 route 6A from Central Station to Kent Elms Corner and the 14:04 route 6 back to Central Station. Also busy especially at the end returning to Southend.

Finished at 14:30.

Bit of drama today which could have been very nasty. A new driver, ex-conductor, went too fast under the railway bridge at Benfleet Station going out to Canvey in lowbridge PD3 312 during the rush hour with a full load. Ran up the kerb, over a manhole cover which collapsed and knocked down a lamp post, the stub of which ripped under the bus rupturing the fuel tanks etc but which just stopped him hitting the brick wall head on. Suprisingly only one injury but 312 is wrecked.
Since he has had 4 accidents in 2 weeks, told couldn't drive any more so he resigned - we're better off without him!

Saturday August 19th, 1967


Rear view of PD2 299
Weather very wet in the morning, cloudy afternoon.

Got a lift with my Dad for an 08:50 start with driver Jim Smith for the whole duty.

In Highbridge PD3 337 dead to the Woodmans Arms, then a duplicate route 1 to Southend and dead to the garage. Then picked up Lowlander 329 on the 10:13 route 8 from Southend to Shoeburyness Cambridge Hotel, the 10:41 route 7 to Rayleigh High Street and the 11:47 route 1 back to Southend. Quite quiet ... the first trip, the route 1 duplicate ran at the same time as the normal service 1 and also a 3 so not at all busy ... complete waste of a bus.

Break then in 299 on route 62, Southend Central Station to Plough Hotel and back 5 times. Very easy, quite a few passengers but plenty of time to collect fares. There was a 17 minute stand at Central Station each time, visited W.H.Smiths one time (where I had a Christmas job), drink at Rossi's another time, otherwise watched the world go by.

The 62 ran at a 15 minute frequency, 13 minutes out, 2 minute turn round at the Plough and 13 minutes back. In theory with a 2 minute turn round at Central Station, the schedule could have been run with 2 buses but I guess they viewed that a bit tight if there were traffic problems, hence the 3 bus schedule and the 17 minute stand (or maybe the union objected).

Took 10, home by bus.

Pay for the week 11/16/11 which after deductions (and plus an extra 2/- for seafront expenses) gave me 9/16/7 in hand.

Sunday August 20th, 1967

Weather sunny and hot

In by car for a 16:38 start, a duty covering route 3s if they were running late but none were late so spent time reading papers, watching TV, etc.

At 9pm we were told to take a seafront bus (hired National KSW 2384) to the Kursaal where Giles was going frantic for no apparent reason as everyone was on time so after 20 minutes sitting there, drove back to the garage.

Then had a game of snooker with the driver and 2 conductors but lost both times. Released at 23:40.

Monday August 21st, 1967


280 on route 6 in Southchurch Road a few years earlier
Weather sunny and hot.

In by car for a 15:12 start, took over PD2 280 on route 6 Central Station to Newington Avenue, route 6 to Kent Elms Corner, route 6A to Newington Avenue, route 6A to Kent Elms Corner, route 6 to Newington Avenue, route 6 to Central Station and dead to garage. Not very busy apart from the 6A out which filled up in Hamlet Court Road.

Break then in Lowbridge PD3 313 route 8 Central Station to Rayleigh High Street and route 8 back to Central Station, then in Lowlander 325 on the 22:00 route 1 Victoria Circus to Rayleigh High Street, the 22:46 route 7 back to Southend and dead to garage. All nice and quiet. Official finish was at 23:43 but home before then.

Tuesday August 22nd, 1967


315 has been preserved and is being worked on at the Canvey Museum
Weather sunny and hot

In by car for 15:25. In Lowbridge PD3 315 on the 15:43 route 8 Central Station to Rayleigh High Street, the 16:32 route 1 to Southend, the 17:15 route 1 back to Rayleigh, the 18:01 route 8 to Shoeburyness Cambridge Hotel and the 19:11 route 7 back to Central Station. Quite busy especially the 1 out, full load, and the 8 in with the crowds for the circus in Southchurch Park.

Break then in Highbridge PD3 337 on route 29, the 20:21 Victoria Circus to Pier Hill, the 20:31 to Eastwood Belgrave Road, the 21:01 to Pier Hill, the 21:31 to Eastwood Belgrave Road, the 22:01 to Pier Hill, the 22:31 to Eastwood Belgrave Road and the 23:01 back to Southend and dead to the garage. Very quiet except on last out trip.
Took 21/10/- in total, 610 passengers, away from the garage just after 23:30.

Wednesday August 23rd, 1967


334 when new working route 3
Weather sunny and hot

In the morning on the beach taking advantage of the weather. Also took the big step of opening a bank account.

In by car for 15:55 - was due to have a duty but given spare instead when I signed on. Nothing until 19:00 when took Highbridge PD3 334 on a 7 duplicate from Eastern Esplanade to Rochford to take people home from the circus in Southchurch Park. Filled up at the start, took until Priory Park to get all the fares in.

Then break and after that took a different highbridge PD3 336 on a 7 from Priory Park to Shoeburyness Cambridge Hotel for the football crowd at Roots Hall (Southend United beat Brentford 1-0 in the League Cup). Then straight back to the circus to run a 25 duplicate from there to Southend for the evening performance. Completely full again at the start.

Not much work in the day but three very busy trips, released at 23:30, timed my drive home, still couldn't better 6 minutes (6 minutes 9 seconds to be precise).

Thursday August 24th, 1967

Weather mostly sunny and hot.

In by car for work at 15:50 - told on a line from next week although it means no days off until Saturday week !

First half in PD2 290 on short service 7s, the 16:08 Southend to Shoeburyness Cambridge Hotel, the 16:36 to Golden Cross, the 17:18 to Shoeburyness Cambridge Hotel, the 18:06 to Golden Cross, the 18:48 to Kursaal and the 19:18 back to Southend and dead to the garage. Took 12 with 400 passengers including 140 on the first trip to Golden Cross, that's quite a lot on a 55 seat bus for a 37 minute journey (not forgetting its lowbridge layout, that's a lot of packed in passengers upstairs).

Break, then second half in Lowlander 324, the 20:28 route 7 Southend to Shoeburyness Cambridge Hotel, the 20:56 route 8 to Rayleigh High Street, the 22:01 route 8 to Shoeburyness Cambridge Hotel, the 23:11 route 7 to Golden Cross (the last out from Southend leaving Victoria Circus at 23:30) and dead to the garage.
Quieter although still busy on the first trip to Shoeburyness and back. Finish at midnight.

Broke the 6 minute barrier ! 5 mins 50 seconds and I had to stop at the White Horse Traffic Lights.

Friday August 25th, 1967

Weather hazy sun and hot

In by car for 13:20, with driver Frank Weaver.
First half in PD2 296 on short 7s, Southend to Shoeburyness Cambridge Hotel, to Golden Cross, to Shoeburyness Cambridge Hotel, to Central Station and hand over. None too busy except the GNX to CHL trip.

Break, then in highbridge PD3 336 on a mix of routes, dead to the Ekco Works, the 17:05 route 9A to Central Station, the 17:20 route 22A from Central Station to Lower Hockley, dead to the Carpenters Arms, Rawreth then the 18:30 route 11 to Southend and dead to the garage. Route 11 was an unusual working for the corporation - it was the Southend to Chelmsford route but this short working started right at the edge of the co-ordination area. All trips were busy, particularly the 11 where I didn't stop taking fares once between Rayleigh Station and Priory Park because of the football match that night, Southend versus Wrexham.

Then in Lowlander 331, the 19:28 route 7 from Central Station to Rayleigh High Street, the 20:17 route 1 back to Southend and finish at 21:00. The 7 was very busy, football fans again, 15 minutes late at Priory Park.

Took 21/10/- all day.

Saturday August 26th, 1967

Weather sunny and hot

In by car for a 16:20 start
In Highbridge PD3 343 on route 4, normally the preserve of OMO single deckers, the 16:45 Central Station to Landwick, the 17:14 to Central Station, the 17:45 to Landwick, the 18:14 to Central Station, and dead to garage.
Then in the next PD3 numerically, 344 on route 29 from Southend to Pier Hill, to Eastwood Belgrave Road and back to Southend where handed over.
None of the trips very busy.

Break at the National, then second half spare.
Only one trip out, in another of the Highbridge PD3s, 341, to Southchurch Park for a 25 back to Southend for the circus but only 9 passengers.

My diary says my official finish time was 00:59 but I don't remember the duties running that late although on a Saturday for example the last 7 reached Rayleigh at 00:40 so maybe it was covering late trips like that. Anyway released at 23:30 because an early start tomorrow.

Pay for the week 20/3/7 which after deductions gave me 15/2/2 in hand.

Sunday August 27th, 1967

Weather hazy sun, warm

First day on my "line" with driver Barry Mays.

If I remember correctly, there was a big list up on the wall in the garage listing each line and for each what the duty number was each day of the week. So if you were on say line 12 this week, you would be on 13 next week, 14 the week after and so on. This meant you could see for many weeks ahead what your duties would be, which days you were on spare (W.A.R. - work as required) and, more important, what the start and finish time was and which was your day off.

In by car for an 07:30 start, work as required today.
Called out once in opentop 247 for a route 68 duplicate from Kursaal to Leigh Thames Drive, not too busy.
Otherwise played 2 games of snooker, well beaten in both!
Released at 14:30, home and down to the beach.

Monday August 28th, 1967

Weather hazy sun, warm

August Bank Holiday so Sunday service today plus a few extras, in by car for a 09:45 start, spare, not called out at all and released at 16:30.

Tuesday August 29th, 1967


Lowlander 327 leaving Rochford a few years later
Weather hazy sun and cloud, warmish

Up just before 6 and in by bus for an 06:55 start.
Barry didn't turn up until later so started with Doug Stavers as the driver on the first Rayleigh.
In Lowlander 327, the 07:17 route 1 Southend to Rayleigh High Street, the 08:01 route 8 to Shoeburyness Cambridge Hotel, the 09:11 route 7 back to Rayleigh High Street and the 10:17 route 1 to Southend, due to arrive at 10:55. The 8 was busy, otherwise quiet.

Break then in Highbridge PD3 339 on route 29 from Victoria Circus down to Pier Hill. Bus change there to 343, route 29 to Eastwood Belgrave Road and back again to Southend. Nice and quiet.

Then in PD2 307 route 7 from Victoria Circus down to Kursaal, route 7 to Hockley Spa. At Spa, Barry found the fan belt was frayed so phoned up for a bus change. We were told to head back to Southend and the bus change would come out and meet us but just past the Victory, the fan went completely. After thinking about it, crawled on to Golden Cross, stopped there and transferred all the passengers to the through 7 which was running five minutes behind us.
Then sat and waited nearly half an hour for the duty crew to arrive and tow us back in - the frayed pipe had acted like a whip and broken a water pipe. So a pleasant towed ride back to Southend and we missed a 6 to Newington Avenue and back we were due to do.

Then carried straight on to some overtime I'd booked, route 7 from Southend to Shoebury Common, route 8 to Hawkwell Nursery Corner, dead back to Central Station, route 6 to Hamstel Road, dead back to Southend, a route 29A circular out and another one in and finish about 7pm. The 6 was quite busy, otherwise ok.

Took 24/10/- altogether

Wednesday August 30th, 1967


Another of the ex-Glasgow Worldmasters, 211, seen the previous year when new to Southend
Weather generally overcast but dry

In by bus for 07:18 start, in PD2 310, the 07:38 route 7 Central Station to Hockley Spa, the 08:15 to Kursaal, the 09:03 to Hockley Spa, the 09:48 to Kursaal, the 10:18 to Hockley Spa, to Kursaal, to Central Station where handed over - time for our break. Busy especially the first Spa to Kursaal, 3 bells, took 6. Total of 16 for the whole half duty.

After the break in Lowlander 324 route 7 Central Station to Rayleigh High Street and route 1 to Southend where handed over. Then picked up another Lowlander, 329, route 8 Central Station to Rayleigh and back to Central Station. Finish at 16:18, busy especially the last trip where I took 10.

Now to some overtime I'd booked. Obviously short of buses because we were given one of the ex-Glasgow Worldmasters 213 with driver Ian Banks (now I wonder whatever happened to him). Started with the 16:36 route 3 from Southend to Shoeburyness Blackgate Road, the 17:05 route 3 to Hadleigh Victoria House, then dead to Rayleigh Station and the 18:11 route 14B back to Southend. The 14B was a two journeys a day route. Finally two loops of 29A, first out, second in. Very different being in a single decker, being able to talk to the driver but with passengers on board there was nowhere really to put myself.

Home by 8, altogether took 27/10/-, 600 passengers.

Thursday August 31st, 1967

Weather cloudy all day but dry

In by car in 5min 48 secs (new record) for a 05:23 start. No sign of Barry today.

In Bridgemaster 318, the 05:43 route 8 Central Station to Rayleigh High Street, the first of the day through to Rayleigh, the 06:31 route 8 to Shoeburyness Cambridge Hotel, the 07:41 route 7 to Rayleigh again and the 08:47 route 1 back to Southend.

Break, then more of the same but this time in Lowlander 330, the 10:11 route 8 from Victoria Circus to Shoeburyness Cambridge Hotel, the 10:41 route 7 to Rayleigh High Street and the 11:47 route 1 back to Southend.

None of the trips were too busy apart from the last 1, home by 1pm.
The final part of this epic story for September is here .