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How the modern day City Coach Company might have looked! Ensign Bus have painted their Alexander bodied Dennis Dart 729, Y329FJN, in an approximation of the old City livery. It is seen here posed in Tylers Avenue in Southend, where the exit from the old City/Westcliff/Eastern National depot was located. City had sold out to the British Transport commission in 1952 and became part of Westcliff, later Eastern National.
The former Tylers Avenue depot was to the right of the bus in the area where the car park is now. The entrance was in Baltic Avenue, which is the road at the rear of the picture, crossing Tylers Avenue at right angles. There are various pictures on this site of buses standing there waiting to enter the depot, such as here, here, here and here - the houses in the back of my picture provide a reference point, being the only buildings still extant from the City era. Buses stood outside the depot exit to board, at right angles to the shot shown here - for examples see here and here.
The Ensign Dart carries commemorative lettering and will be used on their local Brentwood area service 81, normally manned by leading driver Paul Ashman who supervises the operation there. Paul is at the wheel in this shot, taken on the morning of the 251 commemorative road run.
Appropriately, its registration number includes "FJN", a reminder that the buses on order by City when the company was taken over by Westcliff were delivered as FJN201-6 (PD2s) and FJN208-12/18 (Royal Tiger coaches) [Westcliff also had FJN156-69 on Bristols but they are not directly relevant to the city story].
To conclude, does anyone know what was the last bus to carry City livery in service with Westcliff/EN?
Photo taken by Richard Delahoy, Sunday 29 April 2012, Tylers Avenue, Southend
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