This was a frequently vehicle in the South West:Interesting that an old Bristol/ECW coach, I think in Royal Blue Coaches livery should have got on the same photo. I am pretty sure that I have travelled on that coach in preservation.
DavidThere is something at the back of my mind so I am not confident enough to say yes or no to having seen a yellow bus stop. Is it possible you might have seen it in a transport museum?
All the HOV Leylands had their registrations moved off the radiator within four or five weeks, I rode 1658 in the Easter Holidays 1948, I was 12years old, by August the plate had been shaved on both sides so that it fitted under the windscreen. Rode 94 the first time on the 1, going to the County Ground with my Dad and DON 439 just a little while before it was taken out of service. JOC 200 was elusive as were the LOGs (300,301,302), the hardest one was the bus with the doors 2847. The great thing was, being a Villa supporter who used to go with my Dad to my grandmothers at Harborne after a game (and really what started it all) we used to travel in both rare buses and trams, it depended what part of the ground we were in whether we travelled 5/7 or 3x, they often used the piano front and utility bodied AECs. But eventually managed them all...and then I found Girls, far more interesting than Buses and Trains.What a pair we would have made Bob. You mention, more or less in my order of preference. your preferences.
The HOV Leylands, with Brush bodies, with the registration plate initially on the radiator was the fist of them i.e. 1656 and also 1657/8. I can't recall if they always remained in that position; it is my view that they probably did not.
HOV 656 entered service on 1st. March, 1948, there were some slight differences in this bus and the rest (1735 had a mechanical difference) which might be the reason the net delivery being some five months away. It is said they were based on Daimler COG5 bus 1235, which was re-bodied by Brush to a post war design. As I mentioned elsewhere on BHF, it was quite an experience to ride on the upper deck rear seats when lightly laden these buses travelled down Robin Hood Lane on the 29A. Youngsters and those who were of light weight, would find themselves bouncing up and down on the seats. I once saw DON 439 and JOC 200 but never rode on them.
This thread may refresh your thoughts Bob.
Talking about the width of BCT buses. Coach company I worked for in Stockland green employed an ex Corporation driver who had always driven 7'6" wide buses, as our coaches were 8' wide this caused a problem especially when he was driving down to South Devon where on a number of occasions he hit...birminghamhistory.co.uk
Could not think what was odd about the bus stop and then realised that the 'queue two deep etc,etc,' had fallen from the top. so that's why they are not two deep in a queue, they could not see it. At least in those far off days the buses still ran in the snow and I bet the schools were open.
Yes Alan, bus stops used to be very close to junctions. There is a photo somewhere on the forum of a bus stop outside Lloyds Bank right on the Five Ways junction.Older photographs, posted here on BHF, show bus and particularly tramcar stops right at, or very close to, road junctions. Presumably a thought was given to save passengers walking further than they needed to. It does appear that with the increase in road traffic, particularly on busier roads and after WW2, that stops were moved a little further away, for safety reasons I am sure.
I see the photo in post 15 is, in fact, a temporary stop.
When I first started to go on buses alone, I did not realize the difference between request stops! I thought that's why I was standing there to get on the bus :-(I was quite fond of our round enamel bus stop signs, quite distinctive. I recall some had the word stage on the top, I assume a fair increment?
Were there request stops and compulsory stops too?
Were there also some in white and other in blue?