|WEB NEWS 17|
In this issue of WHOTT Web News we take a brief look at the uniforms of the bus companies, the BTC and NBC and Just the Ticket.
and NBC Divide and Rule?
On three occasions since the second
world war depots and vehicles of the Western National company have
been transferred to a neighbouring company during exercises to
rationalise operations. The first of these was on the 20th May 1950
when the depot at Stroud was handed over to Bristol Tramways &
Carriage Company, together with forty nine vehicles. This was part
of the general reorganisation of the Bristol company's activities in
the Stroud area and also included the Red & White company's depot in
that town. In exchange Bristol handed over to Red & White its
Coleford depot and vehicles in the Forest of Dean. Western National
had a fairly large depot in London Road, Stroud and the vehicles
based there and transferred to Bristol Tramways. Want to read the
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Western National 2015, now as Bristol Omnibus Co. 7317 at Trowbridge about to depart for Chippenham. Most of the ex-WN FLFs were later transferred to Bath.
of nostalgia...as Bert looks back
- Ensuring that all aspects of
transport history are properly recorded, Bert this time reflects on
the more human aspect of the bus company, in this case the uniforms
worn over the years by the "National"
platform staff. He start with the uniforms worn in 1909 by the
National Steam Car Company, then to 1925 with the National Omnibus &
Transport Company which then leads onto the two new operating names
- Western National and Southern National. He also looks and the
general changes that made these uniforms more comfortable for the
drivers and crews. Want to know the full story then why not
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Typical uniform combinations of the late forties
Just the Ticket - Both tickets illustrated are from Weymouth carrying the same advertisement for Garratt Jones on the reverse. They are for a joint service run by the GWR and LSWR (which became part of SR after the 1922 grouping) in the first case the GWR and SR in the second. Additionally this ticket also carries the name of the printer Williamson.
Wincanton Transport - A West Country institution
What's Underneath? - (PFJ 850M - Western National RV8)
Points of View
The Future (events & activities for Trust Friends)
Superbly restored 'Apollo' is seen at Bovey Tracy in Jul 2004 alongside a restored contemporary Leyland Octopus.
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