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My Googling comes up with ‘Morgan Avanced Materials’ - carbon trolley bus inserts. Various carbon compounds apparently.

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2 hours ago, Waddo said:

Ok bus guy's (and gels) it might be answered here somewhere, but why were some of the buses numbered as per their reg, and others not? Just out of curiosity.

That changed when bus registration numbers were allocated differently, Nottm started to get Derby numbers etc. GRC series .eg.

So NCT just plodded on wjth fleet numbers having nowt to do with reg numbers !

Was a bit strange at times looking for a particular bus in the depot !

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Were you a zookeeper Den?

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On 2/6/2019 at 8:28 PM, Deepdene Boy said:

Hey up, Mess, glad to see there us another 'pies supporter in Northants. If I remember correctly the 44 was scheduled at 46 minutes end to end.

Yes Deepdene I've followed Notts for almost 60 years. My son and I were at Meadow Lane regularly last season and were gutted when Coventry were gifted the two games in the playoffs.

This season I've only been once when we played (and beat) Crawley in the week last year. I can’t commit to Saturdays at the moment but hope to go again before the end of the season.

BTW I still think we'll stay up but only just. When Akinde put his penalty wide on Saturday I felt that our luck had changed and we can go on and turn things around. COYP

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Mess, fingers crossed. I very rarely get to Meadow Lane as my Saturday afternoons are spent refereeing on the Northants Combination and the United Counties League.

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11 hours ago, catfan said:

Never was a bus route as far as i can remember. Bulwell fitters went for joy rides, on test they called it !!

 

Bestwood Road was the original route of the Bestwood Colliery service. In the 1980s NCT started running the Saturday afternoon service when Skills pulled out of certain journeys - but they were numbered 114. Google streetview shows a Bus Stop sign outside the terrace at the Carey Road end - put up when NCT joined in operating the service as Skills passengers knew where the unmarked stops were!

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Mitch you are so correct, I almost forgot, even did a few !!

I left NCT in '86 so don't know how long they lasted, I think the midi buses do em nowadays !

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I would like it if the green & cream came back on all vehicles and routes of NCT...not many other city  livery and colours touched Nottm for that. Sheffield was awful..and Wigan i did not like...i caught a 44 this year on Colwick Rd...red!

 

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1 hour ago, IAN123. said:

'Sherwood Rise on a Sunday'

The top one looks a bit battered below the front lights,  maintenance not up to the standard of MGO or MDT

Nice Morris? van just pulling out to overtake

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They did Ian, Nottm City Coaches now owned but not used by Skills of all people.

South Notts Depot at Gotham  was used for the coaches.

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Did West Bridgeford (WBUDC) every have any single deckers?

 

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Not as far as I know but Deepdene will be along soon to clarify !

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Just wondered because when I was a kid and living at Clifton the buses were NCT,South Notts and West bridgeford, NCT and South Notts had single deckers but can't remember any WBUDC,, I think all if not most West Bridgefords were low deckers because of the Wilford lane GCR bridge, can never remember any of them going over Clifton bridge

 

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If I remember only NCT went via Clifton Bridge, where's Deepdene when you need him ?

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Somebody call.  

 

WBUDC's last new vehicles were single deckers, three AEC Swifts numbered 43-45 (NAL 543-545F), which NCT took into their fleet as 704-706. Mick At least one if these was at Bulwell during your time there and was often used on the paddy.(Translation for non bus workers, the paddy was the staff bus that ran after normal services had finished to get bus workers back to their homes.)

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Thats right Mick, from Broad Marsh past Midland station,down Queens drive to the Cremorne pub, turn right and then past Clifton pit,powers station and over the old Clifton bridge turning left up Farnborough road either staying on Farnborough road to the Fairham school and turning round at Summerwood lane (61route or 61a route) to return to Nottingham, the others would turn right just past the Winning post pub up Southchurch drive to turn round at the Peacock pub island (67 route) and wait outside the main shops or carry on to the end of Southchurch drive and turn right up Farnborough road and turminate at Pastures avenue (68 route),South Notts went along London road over Trent bridge turning right along Wilford lane,under Clifton bridge and either turned left up Farnborough road or carried on past Clifton village and along Gotham lane to Gotham,East Leake, Loughborough, I think

 

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Yes we had 706, quite a bit of over hang at the back used for service extras & as you say by the paddy driver, Fred Elvin !

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Rog,the 67 carried on up Green Lane as far as the junction with Manor Farm Road/Langstrath Road. The buses would pullover to the wrong side of Green Land and then under supervision of the conductor they would back into Manor Farm Road , before pulling back out on to Green Lane to wait time at the NCT clock. I can still recall the juddering sound that the drum brakes made when they were applied at the end of the reversing manoeuvre, caused by the shoes protesting about operating "against the grain".

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Forgot to add the South Notts buses also ran out of Huntingdon street, i think all of those buses went to Gotham,East Leake or Loughborough via Parliament street,London road, Wilford lane,Clifton lane,Gotham lane,If I caught the South Notts from Parliament street (near NCT offices) I could get off at the top of Farnborough road,I lived about halfway between that bus stop and the 68 terminus so had a choice of of buses to get home on.  I remember now the 67 reversing into Manor farm road, was it the 61 and 61a that reversed into Summerwood and the 68 into Pastures avenue, I used to live just up Farnborough road from Pasture avenue and I also remember that noise the brake shoes made when the brakes were applied when the bus was in reverse

 

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Deepdene's discription & causes is spot on.

There was an old fitter at Bulwell whose sole purpose in life was to relign brake shoes the old fashioned way, drilling out the old rivets & rivetting new brake linings on the shoes. The size of those brake shoes were the biggest I had ever seen.!

There wasn't much Eric didn't know about brakes !

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Done plenty of drilling out of the brass rivets,removing old linings and re-riveting new linings myself, quite an art to get the rivets lined up correctly so they sit in the counter sunk holes level, that was when the linings had a lot of asbestos in them, no wonder my breathing is shot

 

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Ah the old ''Brass Rivets'' ey Rog,, getting the ''Counter sunk holes'' lined up proper.............eeeeh they were days,,,, lol

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