Into the SCT61 Tardis for a trip way back in time, when buses were buses & the crews were highly regarded members of the community.
Despite not being in the first flush of youth, this is magnificent. This Glasgow AEC Renown had a Cowieson body & looks to be a very formidable machine, It is wuite suoerb.
This splendid Albion charabanc reminds us all of a time when a day out in such a vehicle was a real adventure. It looks like a large luxury motor car. I would be the first in the queue for a trip on this beauty.
A lovely little bus, but most unusual is this Opel Blitz. To buy a German chassis at this time was a brave move, but the owner would have been rewarded by years of loyal service & many people wouldn't have worried where it came from if it could get them home.
Seen here in Pool Valley is this beautiful Harrington bodied Leyland Tiger. At this time there were only a fairly small number of single deckers in the Southdown fleet & those in the Brighton area were confined to local 21 & the 30/32/36 group of services. The majority of these were withdrawn in 1952/53, with a handful lasting a few months longer.
Seen here decorated for Her Majesty's coronation is Hastings Tramways Guy BTX, Happy Harold. This vehicle had been retained by the company & passed to Maidstone & District with the rest of the fleet. After the system was abandoned Harold was given a Commer TS3 engine & thankfully still graces the streets of Hastings from time to time.
This Leyland TD5 has bodywork built by Manchester Corporation itself, though clearly very closely related to the standard Crossley body. These were very graceful buses, but when a modified post war version of this body was introduced, it seemed to lack the style of the pre war examples.
A rare & formidable looking vehicle in the shape of a former Ashton Under Lyne Karrier. This super looking bus will hopefully be on the road soon after a long restoration. A bit pat on the back for those involved.
A great name within coaching circles, but seen here on a double decker. Timpsons did run bus services within London & this superb Straker Squire is a wonderful creation. Dating from 1921, this is one of the oldest vehicles in this gallery.
A rarity here, in the shape of a former London Transport AEC Q double decker. It had migrated to Doncaster & the Blue Ensign fleet when seen here. Sadly it didn't survive, it would cause a stir today.
This superb Dennis Lancet from the Browns Blue's fleet had been new in 1935. It looks to be in fine order some 15 years later, but was scrapped within a couple of years of this shot. It's a beauty, but they can't all be saved.
It seems that everyone enjoyed posing for this portrait with a Midland Red SOS QL. Its a lovely looking bus & in very well kept order. I want one, Don't you?.
This stunner in the Crosville fleet has a Harrington body & dates from 1936. This really was the Golden age of coaches & many of these vehicles were very plush indeed. A touring holiday on one of these would be very special.
Now, this is spectacular. A real gem in the Samuel Ledgard fleet is this Maidslay Marathon. The body was later modified to fit a Guy Arab chassis. This is a very advanced looking vehicle for 1935 & I'm sure our own Chris Y would jump at the chance of this.
Another beauty, in the shape of an Eastern National Leyland Titan. The lowbridge body is by ECOC & looks a very well balanced design, not looking squat like some bodies of this type.
This rather rakish looking coach is a REO speedwagon. Typical of the lightweight coaches of the time, this one looks well presented & the body looks low slung for the time. The driver is clearly pleased with his steed.
This lovely Thorneycroft looks a absolute treat. Typical of so many lower volume manufacturers, that built good sturdy vehicles but didn't really have the capacity to build the larger orders to fulfil the needs of the operators. This is a lovely looking bus that im sure would have attracted more orders.
Back on the South Coast, we find this wonderful Portsmouth Corporation AEC trolleybus with Cravens body. These were long lived vehicles with the last examples being withdrawn at the closure of the system in 1963.
Just along the coast we find this Brighton Corporation AEC. This example has a Weymann body. This was one of a fleet of 40 trolleybuses & 20 motorbuses that replaced the tram fleet in 1939.
This Leyland Lioness is one of our best known & best loved preserved vehicles today. It is just superb & exudes charm & quality. It has been in preservation for many years & I can only hope it remains for many more years to come.
One of Southends very long lived AEC Regals in its original 1931 form. An utterly beautiful vehicle They were extensively rebuilt & became legends in the Southend area. If any vehicle should have survived then one of these should, even in modified form.
The 30s must have been the decade that produced the most attractive buses & coaches ever built. Just look at this beauty. I don't think there's not a single line out of place. I would love to see this in the metal today.
Another beauty is this Westcliff AEC Regent. These vehicles were so stylish & I really think that things went downhill from here. Again another beautifully proportioned lowbridge bus.
Turning our attention to trams, we find this Liverpool Corporation Baby Grand. These really were some of the classiest looking trams ever produced & it was a very sad day when they came out of service. I wish I could have stood & liked at this scene.
Another tram I hold in high esteem is the London Feltham. A lovely looking car & a number of them found their way to Leeds for a few more years service like this example. Truly an all time classic.
A splendid City Coach Leyland Lion poses for us in this lovely shot. The Lion was the vehicle that updated single deck bus design & this example is a real beauty.
One of the finest looking buses, the all Leyland TD1, it looked good either in high or low bridge form. This JMT example looks superb, but I must apologise for the Hi Vis creeping in to the shot.