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gaztrucker

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who remembers crosville buses
« on: September 09, 2018, 04:42:06 PM »
as a kid in the 1970s i well recall going to school on the crozzy buses bristol re's seddon pennines and the leyland nationals am i right in thinking there was a pay system where you threw your money into a kind of box thing next to the driver? so no ticket!! coming back to rhos from dingle hill there must have been 70 plus kids on those buses seem to remember the leyland nationals used to lean alarmingly on bends like five ways roundabout they had a good engine sound though!! leyland 510 fixed head turbo diesel not the most reliable but went well

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Re: who remembers crosville buses
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2018, 06:25:47 PM »
Yes, the "fare box" system was used on some "One man operated" bus services in the early 1970s. No ticket was issued which caused revenue protection issues and so the system was not a success being discontinued after a few years.

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Re: who remembers crosville buses
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2018, 05:35:07 PM »
Most of the Leyland engines were replaced by the more reliable Gardner engines which were lower revving and more fuel efficient. I think the fare boxes were called Johnson Boxes.
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squigglev2

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Re: who remembers crosville buses
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2018, 07:13:01 PM »
I was in Pydew till about 73/74 and back in 78.  I donít remember this pay sytem but Iíd have been on a school bus pass first time round.  I donít remember them running Bristol REs up there but I mostly have vague memories of older buses on the route (though I think I have seen Nationals on the route 78 or a bit later). One I remember seemed a bit odd in that it had a sliding door which opened by rotary switches rather than a folding door and the cab occupied all the front with passengers getting on/off behind the driver.

I believe the plates on the buses told you something, eg. I think an EPG would have had express coachwork, Pennine body and a Gardener engine but I canít get beyond that.

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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2018, 09:36:36 AM »
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I believe the plates on the buses told you something, eg. I think an EPG would have had express coachwork, Pennine body and a Gardener engine but I canít get beyond that.


The first letter signified the type of vehicle, usually an S or D (Single or Double decker) except in the example you have given where an E is used for express coachwork regardless of class.
The second letter denoted the model type. N for Leyland National, V for Bristol VR , O for Leyland Olympian etc...
The third was which type of engine it had fitted. L for Leyland, C for Cummins, G for Gardner etc...
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gaztrucker

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Re: who remembers crosville buses
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2018, 06:46:42 PM »
hi squigglev the pydew bus you remember was a bristol sc4lk a family friend clive myers owns one and we run it occasionally if we have an event on in glanwydden the bus is lovingly restored and kept with clive,s other ex crosville buses at ty celyn farm in the village

squigglev2

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Re: who remembers crosville buses
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2018, 06:57:23 PM »
Thanks for the info, Gaz. I'll try to look it up later.

Btw, thinking people and places, is it still Will at Tyn Celyn?



gaztrucker

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Re: who remembers crosville buses
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2018, 03:20:00 PM »
hi Squig Ty celyn is where the buses etc are stored i dont actually know Will, Mostyn estates own the land and the sheds