These galleries have been set up in memory of John Boylett who sadly passed away in May 2011 aged 71.
John was a keen transport enthusiast (particularly of buses) and in the period from the late 1950s to 2010 amassed a collection of over 150,000 colour slides as well as 17,000 black and white negatives from the earlier period.
John’s collection covered the whole of the UK and in latter years was expanded with forays abroad with trips to places such as Malta, Portugal and Australia. As such, this is a record not only of an evolution of the transport scene but also a reflection on how times have changed. John often said that he had lived in just about the right era to witness the evolution of the bus scene, both in terms of its changing role in society in general and also of the rapid changes in technology.
John was very active with his hobby and throughout his working life was out and about most weekends, visiting both active operations as well as the Preserved Vehicle scene. This was indeed a busmans’ holiday, as most of his working life was spent working for London Transport as a driver, primarily on his beloved RFs and RMs. Almost always accompanied by his wife Joyce (until her untimely death in January 2007) most of their travels were by car, although they often travelled in RM737 which John drove as well, often after a full day at work.
John Kaye was one of John Boylett’s lifelong friends and often accompanied him on trips around the country. John Kaye was also instrumental in helping John Boylett deal with the computer age so somehow it seems appropriate that his skills and knowledge will lead to some of John Boylett’s extensive collection being made available to a wider audience. So, over the coming years, he will be scanning much of John’s material and we will then add them to these galleries.