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Beekay, In the 50s when I lived on Elstree Drive off Hollington Rd my mum and used to take me to town and back on the 60, 56 and 13. I remember the Granby St terminus. I think there was an NCT clock there. I grew to love the old platform entrance motor buses but as a nipper I used to get travel sick, probably because I couldn't see out the window. I vividly remember the big polished steel dome on the floor at the front presumably covering the gears and the drive. There was usually a BSM advert in a frame above it with a map of Britain as a driver holding a steering wheel. Mad, the things you remember from childhood.

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Looks like the word & song players have woke up bored to death, here have something Nottingham.  Have a good day, try & get yourselves outside today, it's later than you think    

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Hi Mess, bet you don't remember those back open end buses, where, when I was a conductor, used to stand at the back on the platform (except when collecting fares). At the front, where you're talking about, you wouldn't notice the little sliding hatch to converse with the driver and the immortal words "No Spitting", "No Smoking". Us young 'uns soon got the hang of collecting fares. Coming from the terminus, got it down to a fine art of only going upstairs twice for the whole journey. Catch 'em when they boarded and say, "take yer ticket up mate"? The busiest and best time was Goose Fair, then it was non stop fighting your way round the bus, rattling your six pennies in your hand, shouting,"Any more fares PLEASE"!.... Loved it.!

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I kid you not, honest! My biggest fear when either conducting or driving was a pregnant lady going into labour on me bus. Irrational, I know.

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I certainly do remember the open platforms at the back of the bus. Without them I would have been late for work many times. I've jumped on a moving number 43 or 44 trolley bus many times on my way to school games in the early 60s not to mention the number 40 motor bus on my way to my first job in Wilford in 1967.  I also recall the space under the stairs for pushchairs and luggage and the conductor shouting “ holdee tight” as he pressed the bell push twice to signal to the driver to move off. Best of all was pushing the bell yourself because you were stuck behind standing passengers and wanted to get off. I used to love the sound of the conductor shaking his leather money pouch to find your change and when he gave you six penny tickets on a roll because his machine had run out of the single sixpenny ones. Happy days.

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I recall times when, as a conductor before moving to Bilborough, being on the 39 trolley route, Carlton Square to Middleton boulevard (shown as 39 Wollaton Park). Having stopped at Radford boulevard school and 40 odd kids getting on to go to Orston drive playing fields (at side of the old canal). Issuing two adult tickets @4d and 40 odd 2d tickets. The kids used to fight to see who would get the long line of tickets. These were always purchased with plastic tokens.

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What years did you do the 39 route BK? I used it early 62 to mid 67. Triumph Rd to Canning Circus. 

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Hiya Kath, re 39 route. It would have been about 1962, but only for a couple of months after I got my badge. First time out, after a week in school, I went out with an experienced conductor, he made me do upstairs and he did down. I was still in civvies at that time. Got me badge and uniform then went solo. Drifted between 39s and 40/47s till I went to Bilborough. If you went from Triumph Road you must have got on the bus at the Midland Hotel, at the end of Kennington Road, where I still lived until 1965. Nice to hear from you.x

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BK, if I remember rightly I would get off the trolley outside the front of the Bonded Warehouses. I think the return journey bus stop was about opposite the morning one? Outside a row of shops. There was a bollarded 'island' middle of the road so we could at least get halfway across Ilkeston Rd to get the trolley.

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That's the one Kath ! The Midland pub used to be my local. Where you got off, that stop was for 39 trolley and 56/60 motor bus to Bilborough. Where would you be going to when getting off there?

As a matter of interest, the bus stops were never opposite each other. They were always staggered so two buses going each way wouldn't obstruct the road.

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Not had a bus post for a while :Shock: So just for all you seat sniffers out there have a look at these beauties. 

 

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In answer Bamber, yes they did. No idea who emptied them though. When I were a conductor, if I were busy collecting fares and couldn't reach a customer about to alight, I would shout, " Stick it in the box mate"! No idea how much they put in though.

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On 4/5/2021 at 12:42 PM, bamber said:

Going back to crewed buses. Did anyone ever put money in the honesty box?

Usually emptied by a conductor! Unofficially of course.

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Yes TG. You're correct, they were red, to make them easier to spot by the rare honest traveller. It never occurred to me to try and open them. (Catfan must have known something I didn't. )

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On 3/23/2021 at 6:20 PM, Mess said:

I certainly do remember the open platforms at the back of the bus. Without them I would have been late for work many times. I've jumped on a moving number 43 or 44 trolley bus many times on my way to school games in the early 60s not to mention the number 40 motor bus on my way to my first job in Wilford in 1967.  I also recall the space under the stairs for pushchairs and luggage and the conductor shouting “ holdee tight” as he pressed the bell push twice to signal to the driver to move off. Best of all was pushing the bell yourself because you were stuck behind standing passengers and wanted to get off. I used to love the sound of the conductor shaking his leather money pouch to find your change and when he gave you six penny tickets on a roll because his machine had run out of the single sixpenny ones. Happy days.

Mess i sure it was a 40 trolley bus and not a motor  bus that you would have gotten on to Wilford Bridge. then getting there if it cam back it woud go uo the Wells Rd and if the number changed to 47 it went only as far as Kilder Rd / CoppiceRd 

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