The lady nearest the camera looks just like my dear old nan, she used to catch the coach to Brighton regularly.
Watched on catch up. Thankyou. I remember a "double deck" motorway coach in the early motorway days, were these Midland Red? I remember, stupidly, tailgating one on a BSA scooter, quite frightening being buffeted by the air stream as the coach pulled away! My brothers bought a job lot of old Midland Red coach seats to up grade a Ford Transit crew bus.Channel 5 did a programme about the M1. Featured was one of the Midland Red Motorway coaches.
Even more exotic was the Forum's own Lloyd Penfold interviewed and at the wheel of the Motorway coach preserved at Wythall.
If you missed it try the one of the replay channels.
Yes, Ribble Motor Services started trials in 1959 with their double deck 'Gay Hostess' Atlantean buses. In 1963 the fleet of them joined those with the Ribble subsidiary W.C.Standerwick. They also operated double deckers known as 'White Ladies'. They were to be seen over much of England serving many principal cities.
Gay Hostess, livery cream and red.
Was this the only training bus that had the pupil and instructor side by side. I know that most training buses had the instructor behind the driver in the half cab type bus. I know in Plymouth they had an open widow behind the driver and the instructor leaning through, with no control facilities.I wonder if the vehicle you remember, David, was the converted half cab single deck bus which was withdrawn from regular service in 1952 and fitted with a full front and dual control specifically for driver training. This bus was a 1938 SOS DON type DHA 696 (2078). I lasted until around 1961 and was at Bearwood.
Others at Bearwood, around that time, specifically designated driver training vehicles were GHA 307 (2388), GHA 335 (2416) and GHA 346 (2427) all 1940 SOS SON types, rebuilt in 1950. They had the conventional half cab appearance and lasted until around 1961 in their role.
It can be certain that other non dedicated training vehicles were used - as and when needed - for driver training as shown in the post 422, by Ragga. That particular vehicle, CHA 962 (1980) a 1937 SOS SLR type coach which was withdrawn from regular service, with all the rest of the class of fifty, in 1955.