Don't Ask Me, I'm Lost Too
Quite often, a buses destination display is less than helpful. Here we take a look at vehicles with a display that could cause confusion to the average passenger. All aboard for the mystery tour.
Where else can we start than with our friends at Eastern Counties?. Many of their buses all seemed to terminate at a place called "Service", I don't think anyone has actually been to Service though. This Bristol SC4LK is taking the country route, so lets hop on & see where we end up.
Oh dear, it didn't get much better in Yeovil, where we find this Southern National Bristol going to?... Well who knows where it was going, If the driver had some idea it would be a good start, but would a tourist have any idea where route 461 went?.
Now, you would expect better of Midland Red. This S17 is in Shrewsbury & is going to....Well!. I suppose that a town service would eventually wind up in the town centre, maybe the locals knew where it went, but i'm not to sure many others would, As our journey continues, things can only get better.
Another place served by a large number of buses was "Private" as shown by this Bedwas & Machan AEC Regal. Private is excusable though, in those far off days before Sorry not in service was invented.
Even Western SMT could leave people wondering where the bus was going. If Service or any other culprit wasn't on the screen, just go to the end & show nothing. This very fine Leyland PD3 shows this to perfection.
Of course, another ruse to confuse the punters was to make the blind aperture so small that no one could read it anyway. This Lincoln Corporation Guy Arab shows this to good effect, surely it was hardly worth putting a display there at all. The locals must have got used to it though.
Even a Bridgemaster can look good in the City of Oxford livery. The display of Works service is not overly helpful though. Which works? & where is it going? At least the general public won't be too confused by a works service.
It seems that United could be rather unhelpful as well. At least this Bristol LH wanted everyone to know who owned it, if not where it was going. A fine looking little bus & I think better for having the flat screen.
Back North of the border we find this Albion Lowlander displaying the rather enigmatic Bus Station. Just about every town had one, but would it mean anything to a tourist or a stranger? Probably not and it gives no indication of the route it may take.
Another outbreak of the rather unhelpful Town Service here from Cumberland on this rather fine Massey bodied Leyland Titan. Town service it may be, but where does it actually go?.
We don't really need an excuse for another visit to the immaculate Western SMT fleet, but here's one anyway. This is displaying Miners which of course meant it was a service for miners. Not many people these days know what a miner was.
It seems that Sunderland District were guilty of the white screen as well. Im sure many of you could tell me where the 14 went, but I wouldn't know if I saw it. A very smart looking Leopard though.
Reading Corporation used this rather enigmatic destination. Did it serve more than one railway station?, or Bus station, police station & so on, how many different stations could a town possibly have? Not much help for outsiders either.
Perhaps this is what Newport Corporation really thought of its passengers. Again, this is somewhere that wouldn't really mean a great deal to a lot of people, no route number either. But at least it's a lovely bus in a fine livery.
Now, if you were an enthusiast visiting a strange town a bus displaying Depot would certainly lead you to the local bus garage. But, I'm not sure that many local people would be quite so enthused to learn where the garage was, this Rhondda AEC Regent demonstrates this for us.
This former Crosville Leyland PD1 displays another curious display. Most people wouldn't have a clue where it a going but we all know its Royal Naval Air Station. Though, if there happened to be more than one nearby, then, problems may arise.
A Scottish peculiarity was the bit of paper stuck to a front window as demonstrated here by a Central SMT PD2. At least there is something to indicate where its going, but most people look at the destination box & how many would see that in the dark?.
This rather fine Leyland Royal Tiger is bound for that other well known destination of Duplicate. All well & good if you knew where the Number 6 went, but not so helpful if you didn't. I wonder if anyone ever asked for a return to Duplicate.
Well we all know a Guy Arab is special, but some may wonder why the operator was making such a claim. Special can cover a multitude of sins, but could anyone actually tell what it was doing.
Now, the best way to cause confusion amongst visitors is to blank everything off, so the grockles have no idea where this superb Leyland Tiger is going or what route it may be on. To be fair this is parked up, but it wouldn't give any clues away.
This rare Metalcraft bodied Leyland of PMT is seemingly a hospital bus. I wonder which hospital that might be, or which route it would take to reach it. At one time there were specifis journeys to coincide with hospital visiting hours
This McGill Daimler Fleetline is going to school. Which school that is we don't know & I'm sure that little Jimmy would use the excuse of not knowing which school bus he had got on for being late at his own seat of learning.
Do any of us know where we went, or where we are going?.

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