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#1291 ONLINE   Zelandeth

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 04:12 PM

...and I believe the earlier Plaxton Supreme (up to III I think) and possibly the Panorama.

Not 100% on that, Plakkys aren't my speciality.

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 06:41 PM

Known in this neck of the woods as a Bathgate bin lorry.  

 

I have a (loose) connection with a preserved example, it's awful, not even shite, just shit. Horrific driving position, dreadful brakes and an automatic.  Not BLs finest hour.

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 07:01 PM

A local coach driver back in my earlier days--

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 09:05 PM

Looking at the steering wheel and binnacle - I say AEC Reliance. Body? Not sure but I'll hazard a guess at Harrington.

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 01:31 AM

Yeah, pretty sure that's a Reliance. ...looking at the dash, getting along at a fair old lick too!

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 08:58 AM

Yeah, pretty sure that's a Reliance. ...looking at the dash, getting along at a fair old lick too!

 

It's this coach--

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 09:45 AM

Christ, a Beadle bodied one! Should have guessed East Kent because of the red steering wheel.
That means it could be KFN250, 251 or 252?

(Edit. Scrap that, I've looked up and they had more than 3 Beadle bodied AECs)
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Posted 22 September 2017 - 07:21 PM

Spotted this Alexander Volvo B6? lurking out in Ballinalack, Co Westmeath. 
 
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Posted 22 September 2017 - 08:04 PM

That's an Olympian, imported from the UK by the look of it. The white one behind it in the last photo is the native Dublin style of Alexander-bodied Olympian.


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Posted 22 September 2017 - 08:23 PM

A local coach driver back in my earlier days--

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 08:51 PM

imported from the UK by the look of it.


The highish registration serial number for the year/county would concur with that thought.

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 09:32 PM

Maybe it's the shade of red on the lower third suggesting to me, but...could the Dublin Olympian be ex Lothian?

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 10:17 PM

Maybe it's the shade of red on the lower third suggesting to me, but...could the Dublin Olympian be ex Lothian?


Actually the answer is in another picture:

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"This Volvo Olympian/Alexander RL was formerly of First Berkshire."

 

 


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Posted 22 September 2017 - 10:39 PM

Looks like one of the Volvo Olympians new to Strathclyde Buses that were dispersed to the four winds by First over the years.
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Posted 23 September 2017 - 12:06 PM

Spotted this Alexander Volvo B6? lurking out in Ballinalack, Co Westmeath.

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'1D' traffic - Ridgway 96-D-64508 by Jonathan McDonnell, on Flickr

It's one of the P-TGD batch of Volvo Olympians new to First Glasgow, likely to be the only survivor of about 60 of the type.

More interestingly for me... whats the Merc? Looks like a London MA which really is an interesting find.

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 01:14 PM

Sorry it was pishing doon and I couldnae be arse getting out my cab. I'm not sure when I'm next out that way as I'm shunting round the yard tomorrow and Mon/Tue/Wed on local nights.

 

I think the registration is 89-D-52121 - it does look a bit like a MA.

 

All sorts of shite ends up here if you have a scout around. 


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Posted 23 September 2017 - 02:52 PM

Known in this neck of the woods as a Bathgate bin lorry.  

 

I have a (loose) connection with a preserved example, it's awful, not even shite, just shit. Horrific driving position, dreadful brakes and an automatic.  Not BLs finest hour.

 


 

Known in this neck of the woods as a Bathgate bin lorry.  

 

I have a (loose) connection with a preserved example, it's awful, not even shite, just shit. Horrific driving position, dreadful brakes and an automatic.  Not BLs finest hour.

 

Having been brought up on AEC's, nothing BL made was particularly good, but the Cub really was a complete and utter pile of shite, even the manual box ones..

 

A firm I worked for bought a couple of these in the mid 80's but to ensure they were even more shite than usual they had them bodied by that well known coachbuilder, Smith, of Leicester.  Smith were better known for building welfare buses and mobile libraries, and our two handled like they had a library full of books on the roof.  They skipped all over the road when you dared put the breaks on, but the piece de resistance was the boot.  Instead of a normal rear boot, these had the whole of the rear ended hinged at roof level.  Great for loading shelves of library books, or wheel chairs, bollocks all use for normal operations. Even better was the fact that unless you remembered to tie a piece of rope around the internal handle, when you let go the rear went so high you couldn't reach it. You had to climb inside and swing off the rear window rail, Tarzan like,  to get the back to come down again.

 

In a previously unrecorded act of bravery  vandalism, somebody broke into the yard one winter night and decided to set up camp in one of the Cubs.  To keep warm (according to the report the rozzers allegedly gave the boss) they decided to light a fire on this particular cub, which unfortunately got out of hand.  By the time anybody else on the industrial estate saw the flames and rang the fire brigade, the flames had sadly spread to the other cub.  Fortunately, that very night, all the coaches that were in the yard had been parked at the opposite end, away from the Cubs, so whilst both were saldy destroyed, only one other vehicle, which just happened to be the oldest vehicle we had, suffered some minor heat damage.  It's wasn't enough to stop me taking it to Hartlepool the next morning.

 

As drivers, we were obviously saddened by the loss, and decided that if the Police could identify the culprits we'd cheefully by their beer for the following week.

 

 


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Posted 23 September 2017 - 09:29 PM

 

 

 Instead of a normal rear boot, these had the whole of the rear ended hinged at roof level.  Great for loading shelves of library books, or wheel chairs, bollocks all use for normal operations. Even better was the fact that unless you remembered to tie a piece of rope around the internal handle, when you let go the rear went so high you couldn't reach it. You had to climb inside and swing off the rear window rail, Tarzan like,  to get the back to come down again

 

 

Now I've got the image of Andy CMS hurling himself through the air at an oversized hatchback screaming a uniquely Scottish AArrrooooowwwwafuckingooooooooo.

 

 

 

 The white one behind it in the last photo is the native Dublin style of Alexander-bodied Olympian.

 

Thanks for that,  I saw one of these in Ely earlier this week and wondered what it was.


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Posted 23 September 2017 - 10:43 PM

The Optare Crud had concrete weights fitted to the rear of the chassis to try and make them more stable. Hateful things they are


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Posted 24 September 2017 - 10:11 AM

That - or another very similar in that series of registrations - used to be a caff on the A49 above Leominster.

 

 

This one? (as of yesterday)IMG_0001.JPG


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Posted 24 September 2017 - 12:44 PM

 

 

 

but the piece de resistance was the boot.  Instead of a normal rear boot, these had the whole of the rear ended hinged at roof level.  Great for loading shelves of library books, or wheel chairs, bollocks all use for normal operations. Even better was the fact that unless you remembered to tie a piece of rope around the internal handle, when you let go the rear went so high you couldn't reach it. You had to climb inside and swing off the rear window rail, Tarzan like,  to get the back to come down again.

 

 

I need to see a picture of one of these with the back open.


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Posted 24 September 2017 - 05:06 PM

I've been meaning to take a picture of that Atlantian for ages,  it's got a huge rubber bumper on the front so ex-Birmingham?


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Posted 24 September 2017 - 05:10 PM

I've been meaning to take a picture of that Atlantian for ages,  it's got a huge rubber bumper on the front so ex-Birmingham?

Ex Nottingham. One of the batch with fairly standard Roe bodies rather than Nottingham's own unique design, but they did have the big bumpers that were a peculiar Nottingham feature.


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Posted 24 September 2017 - 07:02 PM

I never bothered taking a picture of the rear of these bags of shite, as it was embarrassing enough impersonating Tarzan in front of the punters without getting the camera out (no mobile phones or digital cameras in those days) . I think I've a shot of one of the two somewhere and a couple after that fatefull night...

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 07:39 PM

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3) marvel at the sheer number of buses a person from the past has ticked off in a small booklet?

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 10:52 AM

Attention bus lickers, would you like to

1) impress* your friends with your encyclopedic knowledge of pre 1987 London buses?
2) drool at the black and white photos of some of the finest buses to grace greater Londons streets?
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Then I have just the thing for you... Available for the cost of postage donated to this websites running costs.

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 02:59 PM

East Kent Road Car Co---- Bedford VAS1/Marshall B29F

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RIP Derek 'The Mint'.


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Posted 26 September 2017 - 05:08 PM

So am I !!
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Posted 27 September 2017 - 08:08 PM

I drove though Ayesbury this afternoon at the end of school home time and spotted 4 school double deckers returning empty. 1989, 1991, 2x 1999 is this a typical age for school buses?


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Posted 28 September 2017 - 10:04 AM

I drove though Ayesbury this afternoon at the end of school home time and spotted 4 school double deckers returning empty. 1989, 1991, 2x 1999 is this a typical age for school buses?

Really depends on the council area Chris; five of my fleet om schools still have flying plugholes, the eldest dating from 1984. On the other side of Scotland, Fife Council have a very strict age limit and the vehicles must be DDA compliant.

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