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The two Southend PD3s which were not converted to open top spent most of the later part of their lives as driver trainers. Here 316, PHJ955, climbs Pier Hill on this duty.
The pier is in the background, but the scene here in now rather different since the Bowling Alley visible behind the bus was destroyed in a fire some years ago. Southend Pier has been unlucky with fires - the Pavilion which preceded the Bowling Alley was burnt down in the mid 1950s, there was the disastrous fire which destroyed the Pier Head and more recently a fire destroyed a pub and the railway station at the Pier Head. Pier Hill is now only open as a one way street leading into Royal Terrace, with no access to the High Street, and the site between Pier Hill and the seafront has been redeveloped.
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Photo taken by Brian Pask, Pier Hill, Southend
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