Anyway one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much was that we had such a mix of vehicles, and tied for first place with the two Scania 113k double deckers we had were the on loan Ipswich Atlanteans. Must be honest and say the 422 between Bexleyheath and Woolwich wasn't my favourite route but I loved those Atlanteans, and most of all I always jumped at the chance to bring one up to Ipswich for servicing, or a couple of times be towed up to Ipswich. That was interesting to say the least! It was those journeys that inspired me to move up to Ipswich in 2007 as I remembered Ipswich as being "a nice little town"!
Stopped laughing? Ok I'll carry on. So I was delighted to receive an email the other day from legendary contributor Robert Appleton, who had scanned some of his slides and not only got some of the Ipswich Atlanteans we used, but in the time frame I was driving them in 1990. Pretty sure I'm not actually the driver in any of the pics although the guy in the red jumper looks scarily familiar! Thanks so much, Robert for bringing back such pleasant memories.
First up is one of my favourites, 84, which had a bigger engine and simply flew! I loved the bucket style driver's seats on these - tailor made for my rather portly shape! So sad the current 84 is a ruddy Dart!
|Ipswich Buses 84 MPV 84L on loan to Boro'line, briiliantly parked at Bexleyheath Clock Tower with an awesome blind!|
|IB 85, having arrived from Woolwich with the scary driver|
|And going the other way after a driver change|
|IB 86 at Bexleyheath|
|At least 86 and 88 had Boro'line on the side!|
|Ipswich Buses 94, Leyland Atlantean TRT 94M at Bexleyheath Bus Stand, together with a Bexleyheath Garage Titan|