50-year-old bus returns for tour of Bournemouth

DING DING: Martyn Hearson drives the Number 1 bus through Bournemouth

DING DING: Martyn Hearson drives the Number 1 bus through Bournemouth

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A BUS which first took to the streets of Bournemouth half a century ago returned to its old routes.

The Bournemouth Corporation vehicle is kept at Stoke-on-Trent but was brought back to the town by a group of transport enthusiasts.

It came to town bearing the number ‘1’ and advertising one of its destinations as ‘Bournemouth Pier via Richmond Hill’ – a route made all but impossible by the pedestrianisation of the Square in the 1990s.

The Leyland Atlantean bus was kept by Bournemouth Transport as part of a heritage collection until the bus industry was deregulated and the buses moved out of their Mallard Road depot.

It now belongs to the West of England Transport Collection but is on long-term loan to the Potteries Omnibus Preservation Society, which wanted it because it is identical – in everything but its livery – to buses used in the Stoke-on-Trent area Martyn Hearson, of the preservation society, drove the bus to Bournemouth with 27 enthusiasts aboard. He said it goes “flat out at 45mph”.

He said: “That particular bus is 50 years old. We thought: ‘Where better to go than back to the place where it lived initially and take it around a few of the old haunts it used to go to?’”

He said the bus – bearing the local number plate AEL 170B – had attracted a lot of attention around the area.

“When we were coming along the road, people stuck their hands out for it,” he said.

“In Christchurch in particular it attracted quite a large crowd. People ran out to have a look.”

Although the lack of power steering can make hard work for the driver, he said the bus was in good condition.

“Bournemouth looked after their vehicles quite well and with the work being seasonal, they weren’t worked very hard,” he said.

“Although it’s 50 years old, it’s probably as good as most people’s 25-year-old buses.”

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5:08pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Tripod says...

Having travelled with Bournemouth Yellow Buses for many years, busses this old are not a rare sight!
Having travelled with Bournemouth Yellow Buses for many years, busses this old are not a rare sight! Tripod
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6:01pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Dean Park says...

Although I am not a "bus enthusiast" as such, the open days that used to be held occasionally at Mallard Road were really quite something and a pity that they had to cease upon deregulation.
Although I am not a "bus enthusiast" as such, the open days that used to be held occasionally at Mallard Road were really quite something and a pity that they had to cease upon deregulation. Dean Park
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6:23pm Mon 21 Apr 14

djd says...

These buses were brought in to start the replacement of the trolley buses and if I remember rightly they were put into service on the old 25 route from Westbourne to Ashley Rd, Boscombe.
The highlight of their first day we seeing these buses scattered helpless around Bournemouth Square as they ran out of fuel because no one thought to fill them up for their first day of service. Ah, nostalgia !!
It's hard to believe these buses are fifty years old, makes me feel old.
These buses were brought in to start the replacement of the trolley buses and if I remember rightly they were put into service on the old 25 route from Westbourne to Ashley Rd, Boscombe. The highlight of their first day we seeing these buses scattered helpless around Bournemouth Square as they ran out of fuel because no one thought to fill them up for their first day of service. Ah, nostalgia !! It's hard to believe these buses are fifty years old, makes me feel old. djd
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8:32pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Townee says...

I wonder what the name on it was 50 years ago. I remember going to Portchester school from Kinson and we used to see if we got a new named bus each day.
I wonder what the name on it was 50 years ago. I remember going to Portchester school from Kinson and we used to see if we got a new named bus each day. Townee
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8:36pm Mon 21 Apr 14

BIGTONE says...

Is it the same driver?.............
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Is it the same driver?............. . BIGTONE
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9:52pm Mon 21 Apr 14

hooplaa says...

BIGTONE wrote:
Is it the same driver?.............

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lol
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: Is it the same driver?............. .[/p][/quote]lol hooplaa
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8:51am Tue 22 Apr 14

BarrHumbug says...

I thought Shamrock Buses were back in business for a minute there ;)
I thought Shamrock Buses were back in business for a minute there ;) BarrHumbug
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7:34pm Tue 22 Apr 14

GeorgeW64 says...

No1 was the Somerford stage coach.
No1 was the Somerford stage coach. GeorgeW64
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10:19pm Fri 25 Apr 14

BradPole says...

Townee wrote:
I wonder what the name on it was 50 years ago. I remember going to Portchester school from Kinson and we used to see if we got a new named bus each day.
The convertible open-top vehicles delivered a year later carried names of counties
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: I wonder what the name on it was 50 years ago. I remember going to Portchester school from Kinson and we used to see if we got a new named bus each day.[/p][/quote]The convertible open-top vehicles delivered a year later carried names of counties BradPole
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