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Roger Cox mentions his time at Alverstoke which, although many of the present residents refuse to acknowledge it, is actually in Gosport and east of Fareham.

A strange situation applies at Fareham, which used to have two signal boxes.

Not only were they supremely handsome and "tidy", but within there could never have been anything finer – wide gangways, useful luggage racks, excellent stairs and sliding doors, good visibility, and easy passenger flow even with standing customers – that barmy over the top trendy term means passengers, customers patronise shops !!

At Ilkley we had EB2/3 (31 seat luxury), SGL 14 (slim) and SBW 17/26/33.

The buses were Bristol K types back then, of course, probably K5Gs.

As a very happy conductor and driver with Samuel Ledgard at Otley and Ilkley depots I regularly regretted that I would never drive a Bristol vehicle.

The Bristol would have been in the yard all night and freezing cold, with frost inside the front windows needing to be scraped off!

Certainly, buses head westwards out of Southampton towards Totton, Marchwood, Hythe, Fawley and Calshot, but Calshot Castle is actually due south of the mouth of the Hamble, east of Southampton.

But H&D had these KSW’s usually, which seemed quite civilised as I recall.

It’s fair to say that these dozen trips on a Bristol bus constitute about a quarter of all rides I’ve ever taken on a Bristol in normal service!

With fingers crossed I approached the output man for my bus to be told "You’ll have to take that 746 outside." Well, what an utter delight the vehicle was in every way – the gears were like silk, the brakes smooth and superb, visibility great, and the Bristol AVW engine enabled it to ascend the two mile long A660 in fine style.

When we got to Leeds the disgruntled and totally disinterested young conductor came to the cab and said "I don’t know what you’re getting excited about, its only a b***** bus." So naturally I fully agree with everything that Ian Thompson says in favour of the model even though "mine" was slightly earlier and "thinner" – the pedigree was the same !!

Certainly, buses head westwards out of Southampton towards Totton, Marchwood, Hythe, Fawley and Calshot, but Calshot Castle is actually due south of the mouth of the Hamble, east of Southampton.

But H&D had these KSW’s usually, which seemed quite civilised as I recall.

It’s fair to say that these dozen trips on a Bristol bus constitute about a quarter of all rides I’ve ever taken on a Bristol in normal service!

With fingers crossed I approached the output man for my bus to be told "You’ll have to take that 746 outside." Well, what an utter delight the vehicle was in every way – the gears were like silk, the brakes smooth and superb, visibility great, and the Bristol AVW engine enabled it to ascend the two mile long A660 in fine style.

When we got to Leeds the disgruntled and totally disinterested young conductor came to the cab and said "I don’t know what you’re getting excited about, its only a b***** bus." So naturally I fully agree with everything that Ian Thompson says in favour of the model even though "mine" was slightly earlier and "thinner" – the pedigree was the same !!

For my last 12 weeks RAF National Service (Jan-Mar 1959), I was posted to RAF Calshot, my mother living in Southsea.