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Old Nottingham City Transport Single Decker

Old Market Square , Nottingham c1960s

At the age of 18yrs i became a conductor on NCT, i trained, 1 weeks training, on the service 55 Bilborough to Bulwell, on the 1st day just stood in the platform watching the conductor, George Palmer,

Splendid Cliff ton! I can see the internal lights. I mostly travelled on the Regent fives but I remember the threes.

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i just want to see those shell and square glass shaped one's again. It's not a fetish....well, perhaps a little bit of a fetish <g>

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Morning all,

Anybody remember when Skills (single and double deckers) ran a public service from RoT to Nottingham back in the 50s. Not sure of their other routes (if any) but the RoT route extended along Shelford Road to the top of Shelford Hill.

Another service back then was the Gashes that ran along the A52 to Newark?

Have searched for old pics or stories of these services but have not found anything....anybody help me please?

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No stories but when I was stationed for nine months at Stalag Luft IX (RAF Newton) I used to catch the Gash bus into town. It stopped at the entrance to the Officers' Married quarters.

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No stories but when I was stationed for nine months at Stalag Luft IX (RAF Newton) I used to catch the Gash bus into town. It stopped at the entrance to the Officers' Married quarters.

Thanks Compo.

You may be interested in the site below. It has a lot on RAF Newton including the fact that they are considering turning it into an Eco Town!!!!

http://www.airfieldinformationexchange.org

Then follow the threads 'East Midlands' airfields.........'Nottinghamshire'.......'RAF Newton'.

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Hi Compo, Glad to know I'm not the only one with a fetish about the interior lights in buses. I lived on the 1/7/22 route until I was 5 and remember those shell reflectors in the "Roberts" Regent IIIs. I thought I would never find a picture of one (and I am sorry to see that the Park Royal at Ruddington has lost them - although they were always mounted upside down in them - as they were in the 6 wheel trolleybuses. But the other night I found an interior picture of the preserved four-wheeler trolleybus at Sandtoft, and there on the front bulkhead is what I had been looking for. http://www.flickr.com/photos/d33206hg/4420260108/

Now, has anybody got internal pictures of the Brush Daimler CVD6s with the chromium plated volcano shaped fittings - or the pre-war Metro-Cammell Regents with the oval shaped volcanos?

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Trevor S, the Skills service ran to East Bridgford via Radcliffe and Shelford. It was operated jointly with Trent where it was route 73 and 73A (I'm not sure what the difference was). Skills had weird tickets with a list of fares down each side and the conductor chopped a section out of it opposite the fare paid, with a purpose-made guillotine machine that retained the cuttings. I presume some unfortunate nerd then had to count the bits in order to reconcile the money!

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Many thanks for posting that picture Stephen. I can't see any bell pushes in the trolleybus...or is that dark circle on the ceiling one? I can't remember where they were sited on these buses. Sorry but I don't have any internal photos of any buses at all - if only I had taken some when I was a kid (how many times have we all said that).

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Thanks Stephen, that picture of the trolley bus was great! Brought back the smells, the sounds and the memory of always wanting to sit in that front seat on the left. Wasn't there a silver metal cover of some sort, like the top of a a gear box , in the middle of the front wall down at floor level? Can even hear the whine as they started off.

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The bell on the bus and back in the days of the double deckers - trolley buses too, I should imagine - only the bus conductor / conductress was allowed - unless in emergency - to push it.

Once on the school bus home I was chosen to 'dare to push the bell' whilst the bus conductress was upstairs collecting fares. The bus stopped, followed by an irate bus conductress storming down the stairs demanding to know the culprit. I was literally thrown off and forced to walk home; always feared the Power the Bus Bell could yield after that! :ohmy:

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I'm sure I remember there being two or three ceiling mounted bell pushes on NCT buses. I can't remember what the trolley buses had because I didn't use them regularly. I'll wager you enjoyed the notoriety of being thrown off the bus though, eh?

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I'm sure I remember there being two or three ceiling mounted bell pushes on NCT buses.

That's what I remember too.

Anyone ever done any 'strap-hanging'. I only ever remember that leather(?) strap being lashed around the open back of a number 57 to Redhill from Long Row the once as the bus was so crowded. It looked like a scene from the Keystone Cops. I wonder what Health and Safety would have to say about that in these times? Amazingly enough we all survived...

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There was a notice on a lot of the buses with a picture of a bell push, which said something like this "Push Once only to stop the bus. The starting of the vehicle is restricted to the conductor."

Compo - yes I think all of the post war buses had 3 ceiling mounted bells (and yes, I think the dark circle in the ceiling is one). However do you remember the pre-war buses all had the bell pushes mounted over the right hand windows, and the conductor had to lean over the passengers to ring the bell. On some of them (the 1939 Metro Cammells I think) the bells were a big plunger about an inch and a half in diameter, that stuck out a couple of inches. These were thumped rather than pressed to sound the bell. You never heard anything ring - just a mechanical clatter!

Thanks for the pictures - I loved the ECW lights. Unfortunately many preserved vehicles now have to make do with the smaller light bulbs which ruins the effect. This is how an ECW bodied bus ought to look - it always reminded me of a row of tongues sticking out (OK, I know I'm a sad case!)

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I seem to remember that the strap was a hook-on device that indicated a full bus. In the case of the 57 it sounds like an overfull one!

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