Hello Eric,That railway station pic Alan, I don't think Hereford Station was ever that big, I recall travelling from there back to Brum in the late fifties and I think it was only a small station. (I could be wrong)
This would presumably have been a TASCOS shop rather than a Birmingham Co-op shop so that would explain differences in style.I notice the shop on the right in the top pic in post 2203 has the word 'Co-Operative' on it's front but the shop does not look like a Co-Op so it must have changed before the 1960s.
In a lot of the pictures of the pre war buses, when looking at the rear view, the platform often has a degree of downward slope on it and yes Hill Street into Paradise Street was a favourite for the scraping platform and of course the 'stick' of commuters leaving while the bus was still going round that corner. I am afraid the joys of bus travel...the run and jump on, the drop off before the stop...have long gone, now you ring the bell (a mortal sin in the 1950s, especially if you were with the fierce but lovely Irish Conductress out of Wellhead Lane on her beloved 1749) and sit, wait until the bus stops, then slowly get off, except me. I still get up press the bell as I walk to the front of the bus and stand behind the demarcation line (of course). That bus is going a fair speed, but isn't it a superb picture?I have seen the bus platform scrape the road on the turn from Hill Street into Paradise Street and obviously the bus was not travelling very fast on that turn
I have watched a demonstration of the tilt test on a bus when they allowed the bus to fall over and then demonstrated lifting it upright again. This took place on a visit that I made to the London Transport Museum Depot in Acton. The only thing that was not accurate about it was that for the purpose of the demonstration they had removed the engine. It was obviously a bus that was due for scrapping and this was demonstration only.Interesting film about testing buses from 1957 here: