MIKE'S BUS PAGES

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INTRODUCTION

 

 

 

  Dublin 1966

 

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  WEBSITE AUTHOR - MIKE BEAMISH

 

(page by page index to left)

 

 

HELLO,  AND A VERY WARM WELCOME TO MY WEBSITE, WHICH I AM DEDICATING TO THOSE NOT SO FAR OFF DAYS WHEN, EVEN THOUGH INCREASING PERSONAL WEALTH, TELEVISION WATCHING AND CAR OWNERSHIP, AND THE MARKED PASSENGER DECLINE THAT THEY WERE CAUSING WERE ALREADY UNCOMFORTABLE FACTS FOR MOST PUBLIC TRANSPORT OPERATORS, BUSES WERE, TO MOST ORDINARY PEOPLE, STILL ESSENTIAL TO SOME PART OF THEIR EVERYDAY LIVES. COME TO THINK OF IT, THEY WERE ALSO A WELCOME SIGHT AND SOUND, OFTEN AT ALL HOURS OF THE DAY AND NIGHT,  ON OUR COMPARATIVELY SAFE STREETS TOO!  

............AND, IF YOU ARE A 50+ ENTHUSIAST  WHO CAN ACTUALLY REMEMBER PAYING HIS FARES IN SHILLINGS AND PENCE,  I EXPECT THAT YOU MIGHT BE FAMILIAR WITH A SOME OF WHAT  I  HOPE YOU WILL TAKE TIME TO BROWSE THROUGH - WHATEVER YOUR AGE THOUGH,  IT'LL BE A JOLLY GOOD EXCUSE TO WALLOW IN A BIT OF UNASHAMED TRANSPORT NOSTALGIA, SO PLEASE TAKE A LOOK - THERE'S QUITE A LOT TO SEE. BUT THATS NOT ALL.............. CERTAINLY I INTEND THIS WEBSITE TO REMAIN PRINCIPALLY ABOUT ROAD PASSENGER TRANSPORT SO I'M HANGING ON TO THE SAME WEBSITE TITLE THROUGHOUT.

 BECAUSE MY TRANSPORT INTERESTS ARE QUITE BROAD THOUGH  I HAVE ADDED, OR HAVE PLANS TO ADD SEVERAL PAGES COVERING OTHER  FORMS, SO IF YOUR PREFERENCES INCLUDE TRAINS, BOATS, PLANES, CLASSIC CARS AND VINTAGE COMMERCIALS  OR, EVEN TRACTION ENGINES, ROAD ROLLERS, SHOWMANS AND FAIRGROUND EQUIPMENT AND AGRICULTURAL VEHICLES, THEN SOMETHING TO TEMPT YOU IS EITHER HERE ALREADY FOR YOU OR IS IN THE PIPELINE.

 

I DO HOPE THAT YOU WILL FIND THESE PAGES INTERESTING........ comments always welcome in the guestbook.

 

WELCOME ABOARD - MIND THE STEP, HOLD TIGHT -  PLENTY OF ROOM INSIDE 

YOU ARE PASSENGER No.

 

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Bolton - 1962

 

 

Manchester - 1963

 

 

Rotheram - 1964

 

 

Ryde IOW - 1964

 Edinburgh - 1966

 

 

 London - c.1986

 

 

Sunderland - 1963

 

 

Leicester - 1964

 

 

Liverpool - 1969

Chilwell - 1971

Nottingham - 1977

Bedford - c.1979

Victoria Coach Station - 1965

Heathrow Airport  - c.1967

Guildford - 1961

Chesterfield - 1983

 

 

Lowestoft - 1962

 

Oxford - 1965

Manchester - 1987

Glasgow - 1966

 

 

Burton-on-Trent - 1964

 

 Walsall - 1966   

 

  

Rochdale - 1964

 

 

Belfast - 1966

Leicester - 1978

 

Bournemouth - 1961

 

 

 

Wallasey - 1967

 

 

 

Blackpool - 1969 

 

 

 

Southend - c.1967 

 

 

 

 

Brighton - c.1969 

 

 

 

 

Bletchley - 1976

 

Grimsby - 1964

 

 Canterbury - 1983

Bournemouth - 1962

 

 

Wallasey - 1967

 Halifax - 1963

 

 

Manchester -  2005

Chiswick Works - 1980

 

Bradford - 2012

 

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I'M  A LONDONER, DELIVERED EARLY IN 1944 (MOST DEFINITELY TO UTILITY SPECIFICATION)  WHO EXILED HIMSELF TO THE EAST MIDLANDS IN THE MID-1970s. I CAN NOW LAY CLAIM ( IF YOU COUNT EARLY DAYS OF SPOTTING) TO AN INTEREST IN AND FOLLOWING OF ALL THINGS OMNIBUSOLOGICAL THAT IS NOW EMBRACING A SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE DECADE.

MY LAST REMAINING AUNT WHO WAS JUST TWELVE WHEN I WAS BORN STILL LIKES TO REMIND ME

OF THE TIME WHEN SHE WAS WITH ME AND MY MOTHER ON A BUS WHEN I WAS BUT A FEW TENDER MONTHS OF THIS LIFE IN LATE 1944/EARLY 1945 (MY FATHER BEING OTHERWISE OCCUPIED IN THE RAF AT THE TIME).

WHEN WE HAD TO GET OFF SHE WAS HOLDING ME AND GOT UP, LIFTED ME, AND APPARENTLY MUCH TO MY DISCOMFORT, BANGED MY HEAD QUITE HARD ON THE SALOON ROOF. WAS IT AN LT, AN ST, STL, OR SOMETHING ELSE? FOR SOME QUITE OBSCURE REASON AUNTIE DIDN'T NOTE THE BONNET NUMBER! (no compensation culture then!) I'M SURE I'LL NEVER KNOW, BUT THAT VEHICLE CERTAINLY HAS A LOT TO ANSWER FOR BECAUSE SOMETHING GOT DRUMMED INTO ME THAT DAY AND I'M GUESSING THAT'S WHERE MY LONGTIME BUS ENTHUSIASM HAS ITS ROOTS.

MY WORKING CAREER FROM 1961 TO 2005 INCLUDED A TWENTY-FIVE YEAR STINT WITH THE FORMER LONDON TRANSPORT, CLOSE TO TWO-THIRDS OF OF THAT TIME (THE LATTER PART) BEING SPENT INVOLVED IN SOME WAY OR ANOTHER WITH ITS HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS AND WORKING FIRST AT CLAPHAM AND THEN THE SYON PARK AND COVENT GARDEN LOCATIONS.

 

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I was never a great fan of the all-over advertising concept for buses, London or elsewhere. The original capital one on Routemaster RM1737 for Silexene Paints in 1969 was inevitably well received and, in my view anyway, was never equalled by any of those that followed it in London. Some of the later designs there were indeed quite uninspiring but above I show three of my personal favourites.

 

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I'M CERTAINLY SOMETHING OF A 'JOHNNY COME LATELY' WITH ALL THIS HIGH-TECH www STUFF AND PERHAPS STARTED A BIT LATE IN LIFE TO EVER GET ON EQUAL TERMS WITH  jpegs, raws, bitmaps, hyperlinks. noise ETC.AND THUS BE CONFIDENT THAT I WILL GET A SMOOTH PASSAGE THROUGH ALL THE

TECHNO-BABBLE.

 

WHILST I HAVE MANAGED TO UNEARTH AND PUT TO USE A FAIR NUMBER OF MY EARLIER COLOUR IMAGES (USUALLY FROM TRANSPARENCIES)  MOST OF THE THE ILLUSTRATIONS I HAVE USED  HERE ARE FROM MY SIZEABLE BUT SADLY NOT COMPREHENSIVE MONOCHROME NEGATIVE

ARCHIVE. COLOUR NEGATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE EARLY TO MID SIXTIES WAS NOT AT ALL SATISFACTORY AND TRANSPARENCY FILMS WERE VERY EXPENSIVE, UP TO FIVE TIMES THE PRICE OF BLACK & WHITE NEGATIVE FILM IN FACT. NOWADAYS IT'S THE OTHER WAY ROUND!

 

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HAVING  LONG SURPASSED MY PERSONAL DIAMOND JUBILEE I DON'T DO MUCH IN THE WAY OF TRANSPORT PHOTOGRAPHY AT ALL NOW, ALTHOUGH I'M RARELY WITHOUT A CAMERA AND  HAVE BEEN TEMPTED OUT IN MORE RECENT YEARS BY THE BRITISH TRAMWAY RENAISSANCE AND ON RARE VISITS TO LONDON HAVE BRIEFLY RECORDED EXAMPLES FROM THE CONFUSING ARRAY OFTYPES WITHIN CONTRACT MODERN FLEETS NOW PLYING ON THE CAPITAL'S STREETS - SO MANY OF THEM, SO MANY ROUTES & CONFUSING NUMBERING.

 

 IN GENERAL THOUGH, THE PATIENCE OR THE NECESSARY AGILITY TO DODGE THE INCESSANT TRAFFIC WHERE BUSES ARE CONCERNED IS BECOMING HARDER TO FIND AS THE YEARS ROLL BY, AND, OF COURSE, I FULLY EXPECT ONE DAY TO HAVE TO CONTEND WITH THE ODD POLICEMAN WHO INSISTS I AM  BREAKING THE LAW, OR WORSE, REGARDS ME AS A POSSIBLE SEPTUGENERIAN ARTHRITIC ASTHMATIC   TERRORIST.

  

WITH COMPARATIVELY SO FEW PASSENGERS TO PICK UP THESE DAYS OUTSIDE OF THE BIG CITIES YOU CAN'T NOW COUNT ON BUSES TO STOP AT MANY PLACES MID-ROUTE FOR YOU LIKE THEY USED TO. COMPULSORY STOPS SEEM TO BE A LONDON PECULIARITY.

 

BUT, HAVING WITNESSED SO MUCH RARELY FOR THE BEST CHANGE IN THE ROAD PASSENGER TRANSPORT SCENE OVER THE LAST HALF-CENTURY AND MORE I DECIDED TO HAVE A GO AT THIS TECHNICAL WONDER IN ORDER TO SHARE MY MEMORIES WITH YOU AND TO BE ABLE TO SHOW YOU SOME OF MY VARIED PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORD. THIS WAS MAINLY AMASSED BETWEEN 1960 AND 1970 BUT ALSO HAS A LOT OF LATER STUFF, INCLUDING COLOUR SUBJECT MATTER FROM MAINLAND EUROPE.

 

OK, SO MAYBE THERE'S NO FOOL LIKE AND OLD FOOL, BUT I STILL HARK BACK TO THOSE NOT SO LONG GONE DAYS OF OLD WHEN YOU FELT THAT BUS OPERATORS WERE ON YOUR SIDE, AND YOU WERE NOT JUST A COMMODITY FOR MAKING MONEY. AND ALSO WHEN  INDIVIDUAL BUSES  OFTEN HAD CHARACTER, AND WERE MUCH LESS INTRUSIVE ON THE NEIGHBOURHOODS THEY SERVED.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colchester 1964

 

 

Bury 1964

 

 

Horsham c 1967

 

 

 

 

PLEASE BROWSE ON - THE INDIVIDUAL PAGES THAT MAKE UP THE WEBSITE ARE DETAILED IN THE NAVIGATION BAR AT THE TOP LEFT OF THIS  INTRODUCTORY  PAGE. JUST CLICK ON THE PAGES YOU WANT TO VIEW, BUT MAKE YOURSELF COMFORTABLE - THERE'S SOMETHING NOW GETTING VERY CLOSE TO ONE THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED (YES, 1300!) PHOTOS FOR YOU TO SEE OVER THE WHOLE SITE.

   IT'S NOWHERE NEAR COMPLETE AT THE MOMENT AS I'M CONSTANTLY ADDING NEW PHOTOS AND THERE ARE ALSO SOME ADDITIONAL PAGES IN THE PIPELINE. IT'S FAR FROM PERFECT IN OTHER WAYS AND DOUBTLESS THERE'LL BE ERRORS & OMMISSIONS TO RECTIFY, THANKS INDEED TO THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY POINTED A COUPLE OUT TO ME OR HAVE WILLINGLY GIVEN THE BENEFIT OF THEIR KNOWLEDGE TO ADD TO OR UPDATE THE DETAILS I HAVE INCLUDED. PLEASE BEAR WITH ME THEN WHILE I TRY TO GET IT RIGHT. THERE'S A GUESTBOOK FOR YOUR COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS WHICH WILL BE MOST WELCOME FROM GENUINE ENTHUSIASTS..............

 

 THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

  

 

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