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View ex hibitionist's Profile ex hibitionist Flag Hastings 04 Apr 17 12.50pm Send a Private Message to ex hibitionist Add ex hibitionist as a friend

Just thinking the other day about the old 159 which was the last routemaster to ride - before they started shortening the routes these bus routes were like epic journeys across London, as a kid you remember spending about an hour and a half on one and seeing all these famous names and places and wanting to see where they all were on the map, but it was all too much to take in.

The 159 used to go from Old Coulsdon to West Hampstead - or Finchley if you like. Took me from my home in Streatham to Palace, Brixton, the Oval, and the Czech National House (West Hampstead) just along from Abbey Road no less, to St John's Wood Road where I worked in a newsagent with a then unknown Gaby Roslin, just round the corner from Lords, Baker Street, the West End, Wstminster and the River.

I could prattle on about the 49 (Crystal Palace Park up to Harlesden once upon a time - b4 it went Streatham to Shepherds Bush), the 137 - Archway (where a mate lived) also to Crystal Palace Park - I was about 13 and still remember the bus ride through Camden, Marylebone, Mayfair, Hyde Park, Knightsbridge, Sloane Square, Victoria, Battersea Park and Clapham Old Town. The BBC even had a documentary on the Number 31 - Camden to the World's End. Any old b*ggers got a favourite route or journey? I may seem a total train(bus)spotter, but these were epic journeys right across London.

 

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View Y Ddraig Goch's Profile Y Ddraig Goch Flag In The Crowd 04 Apr 17 12.56pm Send a Private Message to Y Ddraig Goch Add Y Ddraig Goch as a friend

Ah the 159 Routemaster, responsible for one of my epic journeys across London, in an ambulance with a double fractured femur sticking out of my knee after it squashed me outside Streatham Ice Rink.

 


the dignified don't even enter in the game

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View ektaff's Profile ektaff Flag Whitstable 04 Apr 17 12.58pm Send a Private Message to ektaff Add ektaff as a friend

Ah yes the 68 Chalk Farm to Whitehorse Lane.

Used to catch this for every home game.

 

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View Willo's Profile Willo Flag 04 Apr 17 1.03pm Send a Private Message to Willo Add Willo as a friend

Remember catching the 109,159 and the 68. Good old conductors who used to pull the cord twice to inform the driver when to move off and carrying those ticket machines suspended from straps around their necks! Good old days.

 

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View Willo's Profile Willo Flag 04 Apr 17 1.07pm Send a Private Message to Willo Add Willo as a friend

Conductors used to turn dial on their ticket machine for the appropriate fare then turn the handle and the paper ticket appeared. They then tore off the ticket and gave it to the passenger. And the cries of "Any fares please" !

 

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View kenners46's Profile kenners46 Flag sydenham village 04 Apr 17 7.15pm Send a Private Message to kenners46 Add kenners46 as a friend

I remember the red bus rover ticket, would get on the 159 and head into town and then try to get lost on the other bus routes...strange that even then and more recently when drunk i always got home

 

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Hoof Hearted 05 Apr 17 12.13pm

The 157 was my favourite bus.

It took me from outside the college at Wrythe Green, Carshalton to the top of the Holmesdale Road every Saturday we were at home from 1963 to 1975 when I got my first car.

Always liked to sit on the downstairs bench-seat by the the back entrance and say hello to everyone getting on/off the bus.

Routemasters were the best buses ever.

 

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View ex hibitionist's Profile ex hibitionist Flag Hastings 05 Apr 17 2.02pm Send a Private Message to ex hibitionist Add ex hibitionist as a friend

Originally posted by ektaff

Ah yes the 68 Chalk Farm to Whitehorse Lane.

Used to catch this for every home game.

Did it not go through Southwark? And which bridge did it go over? And a few landmarks along the route please? I think I'll get mi harmonica out, or shall I sing Underneath the Arches?

 

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View JRW2's Profile JRW2 Flag Dulwich 05 Apr 17 4.06pm Send a Private Message to JRW2 Add JRW2 as a friend

Originally posted by ex hibitionist

Did it not go through Southwark? And which bridge did it go over? And a few landmarks along the route please? I think I'll get mi harmonica out, or shall I sing Underneath the Arches?

I remember the 68 in the fifties. Don't know where it started, but it came south over Waterloo Bridge, then Elephant, Camberwell, Herne Hill, West Norwood, Crown Point, Whitehorse Lane, and I think then to West Croydon station, and probably along the old high street. I travelled on it for three main reasons: to get to the Palace; to get home from Waterloo station on our return from our summer holiday (always the Isle of Wight - loved it); and to be taken shopping with my mother at Kennards, a department store which had live donkey rides for children.

 

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View baldeagle73's Profile baldeagle73 Flag Leamington spa 05 Apr 17 4.08pm Send a Private Message to baldeagle73 Add baldeagle73 as a friend

Didn't the old 68 go from south Croydon garage to swiss cottage at one point

 


walking down the holmesdale road to see the palace aces!

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View Pete53's Profile Pete53 Flag Hassocks 13 Apr 17 5.40pm Send a Private Message to Pete53 Add Pete53 as a friend

119 service which was in later days catered for by RM buses - I used to get on at West Wickham and travel to Thornton Heath for home matches - couldn't have been easier.

 

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View lindzay's Profile lindzay Flag 16 Apr 17 4.50am Send a Private Message to lindzay Add lindzay as a friend

12 route was a good one. From Norwood Junction into London.

 

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