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  1. The town of Reading lies on the River Thames about 40 miles/65 km west of London and has a bus network operated by the council owned Reading Buses. Each service has its own brand and colour. The bus fleet consists of about 185 buses of which around 30 or so carry a grey based colour scheme and these buses are used to substitute the branded buses as required. Quite recently I made a visit to the town and some of the photographs I took may be seen here: http://www.ipernity.com/doc/davidslater-spoddendale/album/971524 ….. and look out for the service 21 bus fitted with a jukebox! The Reading Buses website contains a list of the services: http://www.reading-buses.co.uk/times/ .... and a network map: http://www.reading-buses.co.uk/files/maps/current/Reading network map.pdf Regards David
  2. Victoria Coach Station in London opened on 10 March 1932. Over the weekend of 10-12 March 2017 an event was staged to celebrate the 85th birthday. I travelled there on Saturday 11 March and some of the photographs I took on the day may be seen here: http://www.ipernity.com/doc/davidslater-spoddendale/album/968462 David
  3. I have now uploaded my 1992 visit Transit Cape Breton photographs to my Ipernity site. The link is: http://www.ipernity....le/album/810268 They are in the 'Nova Scotia - Buses' album which includes Transit Cape Breton, Zinck's and Beaverbank and Metro Transit. David
  4. Could you advise what a BYD demo is please? Thanks I have now uploaded my 1992 visit Metro Transit photographs to my Ipernity site. The link is: http://www.ipernity.com/doc/davidslater-spoddendale/album/810268 They are in the 'Nova Scotia - Buses' album which Transit Cape Breton, Zinck's and Beaverbank in addition to Metro Transit. David
  5. Three photos of buses used by Yarmouth-Argyle Transit in 1992 on Yarmouth local services can be seen at: http://www.ipernity.com/doc/davidslater-spoddendale/39144934/in/album/809242 http://www.ipernity.com/doc/davidslater-spoddendale/39144930/in/album/809242 http://www.ipernity.com/doc/davidslater-spoddendale/39144932/in/album/809242 David
  6. I have added some photos to my Ipernity site of MacKenzie Bus Line coaches which I took during a visit to Nova Scotia in 1992. The album is at: http://www.ipernity.com/doc/davidslater-spoddendale/album/809246 David
  7. In response to Jean-Claude (which I have to were done earlier by private messages), I can advise that I have now added the photos of MacKenzie and and Zinck's which I took during my 1992 Nova Scotia visit, to my Ipernity site. The MacKenzie album is at: http://www.ipernity.com/doc/davidslater-spoddendale/album/809246 .... and the Zinck's at: http://www.ipernity.com/doc/davidslater-spoddendale/album/809242 I hope to get some Metro Transit and Transit Cape Breton photos uploaded in the next couple of weeks. I will put them in the same album as the Zinck's. David
  8. I have put an album together on my Ipernity website to display a set of Acadian Lines photographs which I took during a visit to Nova Scotia in September 1992. I rode from Halifax to Sydney and back and from Yarmouth to Halifax on Acadian (I travelled from Halifax to Yarmouth on MacKenzie and I will put that album together in due course). On all the trips I took photographs along the way. I would like to share them with the forum. Please take a look at: http://www.ipernity.com/doc/davidslater-spoddendale/album/796654 Regards David
  9. Good to see those - I thought the photo quality was pretty good. I don't use an iPhone so had no idea that it was possible to get such decent photos from one.
  10. Earlier this month I visited London and took a number of photogrpahs of the red buses including some of the 'New bus for London' - the three door double decker which includes a rear open platform entrance that is closed and locked during off peak periods. My pictures may be seen at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/49744222@N08/sets/72157633208005818/ David
  11. I visited Nova Scotia in September 1992 and took some photos of Acadian coaches which may be seen at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/49744222@N08/sets/72157628233185217/ David
  12. One of the buses I regularly drive on school services here in England is a 100 seat tri-axle Volvo double decker which was originally new to Citybus in Hong Kong in 1990. On Christmas Day 1992 the original bus caught fire. The chassis was rebuilt from 11 metre to 12 metre and re-bodied in Hong Kong using a body kit supplied by Alexander of Scotland, the company that built the original body. The bus weighs 17210 kgs when empty. A few years ago quite a number of these buses were bought by British companies and they were shipped back here for further service. They were mainly used to carry school children but the Stagecoach Group also used them on their low budget inter-city Megabus services. If you would like to see my photographs of the bus, a set appears on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/49744222@N08/sets/72157631539328642/with/6828885917/ The regular runs of this bus, used only on Mondays to Fridays schooldays, is: 0650 Bury St Edmunds to Mildenhall and West Row (service 355) arriving 0730 0735 West Row and Mildenhall to Bury St Edmunds (service 955) arriving 0851 1535 Bury St Edmunds to Mildenhall and Lakenheath (service 955) arriving 1708 1715 Lakenheath and Mildenhall to Bury St Edmunds (service 355) arriving 1817 The full timetables can be seen on the Suffolk County Council web-site http://www.suffolkonboard.com/timetables_leaflets/bus_timetable_by_service_number Select service 355 or service 955 to view the required timetable I hope this is of interest! David
  13. A photograph of one of the ETS Willowbrook bodied Daimler Roadliners (1960s) in the yard of the bodybuilder has been posted on Flickr by a friend of mine Jim Neale. It may be seen at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/58100750@N03/7610771296/in/photostream/ David
  14. Do you remember MacKenzie Bus Lines based in Bridgewater? http://www.flickr.com/photos/49744222@N08/sets/72157628259011705/
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