Us Brits like nothing more than a good moan about the weather. It affects our hobby as well. So here is a look at our weather & buses.
We will start with this magnificent United Automobile Services Bristol RELH6G. A very fine coach & the light dusting of snow in this scene makes this wonderful coach stand out. I'm sure the crew would have appreciated the heaters on the long journey.
A bit more snow here in Milngavie, we find this former Ribble Leyland Leopard, that has been cut down to a most attractive recovery vehicle waiting for its next call of duty. Are we all shivering yet?.
We venture forth to a chilly looking Halifax, to find this Hebble Leyland Tiger quietly sitting in the snow, awaiting its crew. Im sure that greatcoats would have been much in evidence when they did arrive.
We do manage to get snow in the South, as witnessed by this view on a Bristol FLF in Southend. I'm sure that the passengers that had been waiting in the cold were very pleased to see it & as our snowy trek continues I hope you all have a vest on.
Returning to Yorkshire, we find this Leyland Leopard cautiously making its way along near Greenfield. Lets hope the heaters worked well. You can almost hear that MGB GT rusting away as it drives along.
I know I used this shot in the SCT61 Calendar, but I hope you will forgive me for using it again as its such a fantastic shot. I wish I could be standing there looking at this scene. I think we all would really.
Things seem to be thawing a little as we reach Skipton, but its still rather chilly. The superb Pennine livery still looks wonderful even with a coating of grime. I'm sure it was washed very soon as Pennines buses were always perfectly clean.
In quite dreadful conditions we find this Halifax PD2 making its way to its destination. The driver is using his interior lights, but not his headlamps. The streetlights are also turned off. I do hope this weather will improve soon.
This Glasgow Atlantean bounces along Cathcart Road between what must have been heavy downpours. That sky is one of the darkest & most threatening I have ever seen. We must be thankful to the photographers that braved the elements to bring us such images.
A last look at the snow takes is back to Southend to witness this former London Transport DMS looking very smart in Southend livery. No doubt the driver is debating if he should continue. In those days the country didn't get paralysed by a centimetre of snow & bus drivers were made od sterner stuff.
Leaving the snow behind, we go to Manchester on a typical English summers day & find this wonderful Leyland trolleybus. At least its getting a bit warmer now & try to remember what the sun looke like, it will be along soon.
Another wet view taken on Teeside shows a former Reading, Burlingham bodied trolleybus. These were superb looking vehicles & I believe were the last double deck bodies to be built by Burlingham. Our quest for sunshine continues, but don't lose the brolley just yet.
We find ourselves in filthy conditions in St Margarets bus station in Leicester to see this Midland Red Leyland PD2. This bus had been new to Kemp & Shaw in 1952. The winter of 1962/63 was really a harsh one.
A damp day in Mersey Square finds this superb pre war Leyland Tiger od Stockport Corporation. Its a lovely looking bus, but the driver appears to be giving someone a filthy look to go with the weather.
A trip to Bargoed finds us in even wetter weather & we splash into Hanbury Square in time to find this Gelligaer Leyland Tiger resting between trips. This magnificent bus certainly brightens up a very wet day.
Brighton gets its fair share of wet weather as seen here at the Old Steine. The bus is a Brighton, Hove & District LSW6G. BH&D received the last Bristol K types to be built in 1957. Surely this weather must improve soon.
A Chambers Guy Arab Utility sits in a damp Colchester bus station. Damp it may be, but the rain has stopped & are things about to get any brighter?.
Well, still a few clouds. But as we travel to Bishop Auckland, we find the sun out & this former London RTL looking wonderful in the OKMS livery. If you ever tired of looking at the buses, you could always nip over the station to look ay the steam trains & have a cuppa.
Things are improving all the time as we travel to Ackworth to admire this superb South Yorkshire Leyland in the equally superb livery. This shot holds the SCT61 record for the number of postings on a single image.
At last, a lovely sunny day. The beautiful, historic village of Tintagel & a Western National bus. What more could one want. Tintagel is a charming place to visit & it is alleged that King Arthurs Camelot was in this area.
The beautiful village of Alfriston is the setting for this lovely shot of a Southdown Leopard making its way back to Seaford. This view is totally unchanged today. Alfriston is home to Alfriston Clergy House, which was the first building aquired by the National Trust in 1895.
A lovely sunny day at Shell Bay sees this Hants & Dorset Bristol loading for its trip back into Bournemouth, via the Sandbanks Ferry. Clearly a warm day, as even the roof lights are fully raised. Again, this spot is unchanged today.
A fine, sunny day & a very fine bus. Blue Ensign took deliverd of this AEC Regent in 1959 & it gave many years service. Im pleased that the weather has brightened up as our journey has progressed & hope things stay that way.
This Bournemouth Lrylamd PD3 basks om the sin in its home town. This bus illustrates the non-standard grille surround & the rear entrance/front exit layout favoured in Bournemouth until 1962.
A superb study of this Trent AEC Regent, taken on a beautiful sunny day. The bus was already 22 years old, but looks utterly perfect. Such was the pride in vehicles then.