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LesMac
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31 of 38  Fri 18th May 2012 10:28am  
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I well remember a clock at the Bell Green terminus about 1950. A simple case made of sheet steel, painted green. I am unable to recall exactly just what the crew did but I believe the inserted a key at the start of the return trip to the city centre. Les
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David H
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32 of 38  Fri 9th Jan 2015 1:24pm  
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The clock on Coventry Road at Exhall was more or less opposite the Old Black Bank pub, next to the junction with Rectory Drive, in front of the first advertising hoarding on what is now a grassy area. I remember it being at the Coventry Corporation bus stop that was there at the time. It was not as I recall a clock similar to the tall cast-iron cased "Bundy" clocks already described. I think that the clock face, lower than head-height was mounted in some sort of a metal case, possibly painted green with an angled panel set on a rectangular brick base. When the bus stopped here, the conductor got out and would I think, punch a card similar to a "clocking-in" card. I saw this a number of times when travelling to Bedworth on the number 20 bus in the 1960's. Midland Red also had a bus route along here, and had different stops, but I don't know whether they used the clock. I think the clock was removed sometime in the 1970's, possibly with the advent of one-person operated buses, and for many years the brick base remained along with the two upright poles that had supported the clock and the case.
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NormK
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33 of 38  Fri 9th Jan 2015 2:39pm  
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David H. Thanks for bringing this subject up again, I certainly remember these clocks yet there is a few who have never heard of them, now maybe they are convinced that they did exist. Thumbs up
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PeterB
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34 of 38  Fri 9th Jan 2015 10:07pm  
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I had always assumed that this stump on Lydgate Road (opposite the end of Cheveral Avenue) was the remains of a bus timing clock as it right on the edge of the kerb. The post is similar dimensions to the Bundy clock, but a different design. Peter.
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NormK
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35 of 38  Fri 9th Jan 2015 11:09pm  
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No Pete. I have been told by a reliable source that it is indeed a sewer breather pipe shortened somewhat. Thumbs up
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PeterB
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36 of 38  Sat 10th Jan 2015 8:35pm  
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It won't be the same when I go past it now! Thanks for putting me right. Peter.
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Norman Conquest
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37 of 38  Sun 11th Jan 2015 12:07pm  
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I must take your word for that NormK but it seems a strange place and very short to be a puff pipe. The smell from such a short pipe would be rather unpleasant for pedestrians. Norman
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NormK
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38 of 38  Sun 11th Jan 2015 12:27pm  
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I understand what you say NC but it was far longer than that originally and about the same height as a tram traction pole. There is a photo on here of one of the vent poles in Albany Road by the bridge before it was removed. Apologies for drifting off topic Thumbs up
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