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Walked past Salisbury bus station last week and it had completely disappeared!

 

We go to Salisbury quite regularly but usually use the main car park or park out by Harnham mill and walk in over the water meadow as it's free and a pleasant walk. This time we were too hungry to walk and thought the main car park was best avoided due to proximity to ongoing Russian spy poisoning so went to the car park behind the bus station.

 

I knew it had closed but last time we walked passed it was a closed bus station. I'm sure it wasn't that long ago. Now it's all retirement flats and there is absolutely no sign there was ever a bus station there at all.

 

So I found some pictures from about 2005 I think. This was the Wilts and Dorset LH farewell.

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The last one was in the middle of nowhere where the two buses met. I think we were on our way to or from West Tytherley or Lockerley.

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The Futora's I've driven and travelled on have all had the same annoying fault with the main door. Park anywhere where the bus leans to the nearside and the door wouldn't latch correctly. You had to press the close button the quickly get into the footwell to pull the door closed.

 

The Scania Irisars I used to drive were the same.

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LIKE LIKE LIKE LIKE LIKE LIKE LIKE LIKE etc...

I did also.

Ooof. A 425 is very much on my 'to drive' list.

I never honestly thought I'd get the chance... sadly this is now more or less it's final resting place - it's due for disembowelment to keep my TM's preserved 425 fit.38bf59a6d31e8347b7bf9d04be67b62c.jpgfecdbde12b4be148fd5a94a03d4ad652.jpg

 

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When I mention to friends that these are named after their drag coefficient figure, they immediately stop listening.

 

Friends? ;)

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Whoever said you should never meet your heroes is a fucking liar.28d4777b23f5d3bf564730740ea8adee.jpg

 

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Now there's something I've never seen before...what is it and what's it built on?

 

The red line work on the dashboard puts me in mind of the dash in the later Bedford CF vans...

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^^^^ Duple Hestair 425. Semi integral, mechanical bits by Dennis with Cummings engine (go like shit if you put a bigger engine in one out of a wagon). Body by Duple except Plaxtons bought Duple and last lot were built in France by a firm they bought there. That closed not much later.

 

Classic interior colour!

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I couldn't visit the US without snapping one of these could I?

 

Sorry it's not a great photo, poor lighting and from the far side of the road.

 

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Sadly not the same without all the chrome and the Detroit two stroke soundtrack...

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I couldn't visit the US without snapping one of these could I?

 

Sorry it's not a great photo, poor lighting and from the far side of the road.

 

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Sadly not the same without all the chrome and the Detroit two stroke soundtrack...

But isn't it illegal to take photos of Greyhound coaches? I'm sure I read something in the enthusiast press a few years ago that Greyhound were trying to ban people from photographing their coaches but I can't remember what bollocks they used to justify it, something about protecting their brand identity or similar bullshit maybe.

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Anyone up for some London Transport Country area action next week? Based at Watford Junction Station. 

 

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Yes. I'm on this now. I don't even really know what it is.

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It's a T apparently, it's very hard to type on. Even I'm avoiding Routemasters today.

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But isn't it illegal to take photos of Greyhound coaches? I'm sure I read something in the enthusiast press a few years ago that Greyhound were trying to ban people from photographing their coaches but I can't remember what bollocks they used to justify it, something about protecting their brand identity or similar bullshit maybe.

 

 

  • Please don’t take photos, video or make audio recordings of Greyhound staff, equipment or procedures (most of us haven’t been to acting school and just want to do our jobs).

That's from https://www.greyhound.com/en/help-and-info/travel-info/your-rights-rules-on-board

However that's only the rules on board, I'm pretty sure they can't stop you taking photos of anything in the public domain unless it's some sort of national security threat. 

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I think those earlier Solos could be remembered quite fondly in 50 years.  They look quite distinctive compared to lots of new buses, and the later models which look more generic.

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So does anyone know why London Transport decided to call their AEC Regals the T class? I can't see how a T relates to the model name in any way and it would suit the Leyland Tiger far better so was it just LT being perverse?

 

Is it anything to do with Tillings? Just a guess, I have no idea, this bus is 1948 so it's LT but I don't know how far back they go. I'm a bit lost pre-RT/RF. But like how some garage codes make no sense until you realise the T is for Tillings. TC - Tillings Croydon, TL for Catford garage is Tillings Lewisham.

 

I did notice when I was on this earlier that it entered preservation in 1967! That's good going. It's been preserved a year longer than I've been alive. Very tidy too. I wonder how many times it's been restored in those 51 years.

 

Edit: just had a little look on Ian's Bus Stop and there are no entries between 1971 and 1997. Also it was new to Watford and spent some years at Garston so today really was some sort of homecoming.

 

Noticed also that most of the fleet were sold to the Ceylon Transport Board between 1958/60 So can only imagine what sort of life they led.

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Keep a look out for D601MWR at rallies up north now, it's MOT'd, and taxed, and work has started on former demo Freight Rover Sherpa B818YKR, which runs again, and bodywork will be started on very soon, people have commented the livery is very similar to the one used on the loaftin in early Fireman Sam episodes, even down to the yellow destination blinds as used by Yorkshire Rider on their loaf fleet. 

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