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Keith D



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In 1950 Dad owned an old wartime Commer Army truck complete with canvas canopy that he used for carrying green grocery to his customers in nearby Rayleigh. I would scrounge a lift to Hockley (Essex) primary school in the mornings. I had to walk the two miles home in all weathers. However, because the Commer was notoriously difficult to start on a cold morning, I eventually used to cycle both ways.

Later, at High school in Rayleigh, I used to cycle both ways or catch the bus (No 22 from Hullbridge) if the weather was a bit iffy. In my final days at school, I used a moped.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keith D wrote:
In my final days at school, I used a moped.

Keith


Me too. I acquired it by building a record player for a friend of my sister.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My dad only got his first car in 1965 and never ever dropped any of us off at school. He went to work later anyway most days and we were expected to bike it or walk whatever the weather. Car ownership was not as universal in the 50s and '60s.

My friends with more well-off parents sometimes had their dad's drop them off and I cadged a lift. One a had a PB Cresta in Yellow and black. Another had a blue Riley 4/72 or perhaps a 4/68 given rusty/lacey front wings. Another had a brand new D reg grey Morris Oxford which I thought a little basic. Another had a 1960 Morris 1000 2 door in grey
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i don't remember being taken to school or collected in a car unless we had a dentist or doctors visit in school hours.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Up to the age of 12 I walked to school with a friend who lived a few houses from us. His father was a car salesman for a Volvo dealer and always took a car from the dealership home. Usually these were cars one to four years old or so. Sometimes he offered us to bring us to school, with we of course always accepted. One week was memorable because we got taken to school TWICE in an E-type Jaguar. I still remember the ride in that very tiny space of the rear seat.
My old friend has owned a 2+2 E (V12) for almost thirty years now, maybe a result of those early rides. I came close to buying a 2+2 E-type, the cheapest way of owning an E-type but I decided then I could not live with it knowing the other variants were so much more elegant.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MVPeters wrote:
Bus.
Eastern National number 30.
Uphill.
Both ways.


US (where you are now) or Essex UK in those days?
It's the title Eastern National that interests me Surprised
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Norseman;
If you're interested in Eastern National feast your eyes.
There are 761 photos of EN buses here;
http://www.sct61.org.uk/index/operator/en
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Penman, That link to Eastern National certainly brought back the memories for me.

My parents moved to Hockley in Essex in 1950. I was seven years old but can still remember the red Westcliff-on-sea and the blue and cream Southend Corporation buses. Suddenly the red vehicles disappeared and we had the green Eastern National.

I would catch the 22 from Hullbridge to school in Rayleigh. That later became the 25A. I met a girl from Chelmsford (She is now my wife of almost 54 years) and we would visit each other using the No 11.(Southend to Chelmsford and probably beyond)

Happy days!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keith: Did you click on the Home Page button at the bottom of that page?

The site was started and is run by a Southend enthusiast that is why it is SCT I think 61 was his original cut off date
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Penman, No, I hadn't hit the home page button, but having done so now, I can see I have many hours of reading ahead of me! Thanks!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Norseman wrote:
MVPeters wrote:
Bus.
Eastern National number 30.
Uphill.
Both ways.


US (where you are now) or Essex UK in those days?
It's the title Eastern National that interests me Surprised


Essex, UK. Chelmsford to Brentwood.
Uphill.
Both ways.
Barefoot.
Carrying a lump of coal.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="Penman"]Hi Norseman;
If you're interested in Eastern National feast your eyes.
There are 761 photos of EN buses here;

The reason I was showing an interest in EN #30 is that decades ago I was a conductor at Brentwood depot & the route was one of several I punched tickets on.
Thanks for the pics, I'll browse them when I have the time (for 761) Laughing
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