Busman’s day out

Had an enjoyable 4 hours  or so yesterday on an Aldershot & District Bus Interest Group trip from Aldershot to Winchester & back. Three buses were used a Dennis Falcon, a Leyland National and an AEC Reliance- all single-deckers.

The trip was to recreate a journey on the 14 route. Unfortunately a double- decker allocated couldn’t be used as the driver was sick. To my knowledge the 14 route was always operated by double deckers.

I got to travel on each of the 3 vehicles- the Dennis Falcon dating from 1956 had a very hard ride but was in the best condition.

The route took in Farnham, Bentley, Froyle,Alton, Itchen Stoke,  Itchen Abbas, Kings Worthy, Headbourne Worthy and ended at the site of Winchester Coach station- in Worthy Road-now just a few coach parking places with a motel!

I travelled by train from Bentley station to Aldershot – a route I haven’t used regularly for many years. Lots of changes both at the station and on route.

Although I have been a member of the group for a number of years this is the first trip I have been on. Now that I have more time on Friday evenings I may be able to get to their monthly meetings at Normandy Village Hall- between Aldershot & Guildford.

 

Buses on a model railway site?

And why not?

Most of the early bus companies were started as adjuncts to railway services and many were susbsequently owned or had majority shareholdings by railway companies. (They also pioneered many internal & European air services)

Local authorities were also very active in owning large bus fleets, particularly in large cities & holiday resorts.

We have added some local bus enthusiast groups to the sites links, with other groups covering bus & coach modelling to follow.

Any model railway layout will benefit from buses of the correct era, operator & type  to set the model scene.