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Westcliff JN4747, a 1934 AEC Regent with Weymann body, parked outside Victoria station in April 1952. Although the station is still there and little altered, the view in this direction is now completely unrecognisable, with the road now a dual carriageway and the houses in the background replaced by large office blocks in the 1960s.
This vehicle is typical of 21 double deckers delivered to Westcliff between 1933 and 1935. All had lowbridge bodies, probably because of three low bridges where the Shenfield-Southend railway line crossed routes 7, 8 and 8a between Rochford and Hockley. Most were rebuilt to a greater or lesser extent after the war and some had quite long lives, surviving to 1956/7. Two had new ECW bodies and lasted to 1961. Note that this vehicle still has its roof route number box, although no longer in use. This was quite rare outside London, but was provided on Westcliff vehicles up to a batch of Bristols delivered in 1936.
Photo taken by Brian Pask, April 1952, Victoria Station, Southend
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