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PhiliPamInCoventry
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811 of 834  Sun 31st Jan 2021 7:47pm  
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I'm responding from memory, but this particular image is fascinating. During & immediately after the war, Coventry was desperately short of buses. The tram network was abandoned which, as well as bomb damaged vehicles, all added to the shortages. Coventry Transport tried to order a hundred AEC (London Transport type) buses, but the delivery of such an order was around 1950ish. That was too long to wait, so Daimlers were ordered that started to be delivered in 1947. A consortium of the Coventry Maudslay company, who had also been contacted, supplied nine buses, very similar to the AEC London Transport design. The bus in the picture is one of those.
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busman
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812 of 834  Mon 1st Feb 2021 10:59pm  
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Ronald Fearnley who was GM at Coventry Transport was an AEC fan. Coventry Council wanted to support Daimler so Daimler Chassis with AEC Engines became the standard purchase from 1934-1951. At that point Council insisted they used the Daimler engine which proved to be more unreliable and thirstier than the AEC. Mr Fearnley persuaded the Council to buy 9 AEC Regent 3s but they were badged Maudslay given Maudslay Heritage in Coventry. Unlike all other AECs the chassis were built at Great Alne again to try and make them local. They also had a larger capacity engine than immediate post war AEC with Daimler chassis. The Maudslays (117-125) only lasted some 5 years on front line duty again due to excessive fuel usage versus the smaller AEC engines used post war. It all culminated that from 1955 Coventry Transport standardised on Daimler Chassis but with a Gardner engine which was not only more fuel efficient than both AEC and Daimler but also did more miles between mechanical breakdowns. This was the standard until the first rear engine buses were delivered in 1964/5 which were Leylands. Coventry Council would never have allowed the bulk purchase of AEC vehicles given the strong Trade Union influence at the time.
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PhiliPamInCoventry
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813 of 834  Tue 2nd Feb 2021 12:30pm  
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That is fascinating, Busman, but then, no less from an expert. Thank you. I've always enjoyed yattering with bus people. Not long before he died, I listened to stories from bus driver Mr Ford, in his retirement home in Exhall. He lived off Albany Rd, during his working life. In his long nearly unblemished driving career with CT, his only mishap was a partial break failure in a JKV. He ran into the back of a bread van. My memory is sketchy, but do you recall Mr Ford. His son who I knew we'll was Martin.
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PhiliPamInCoventry
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814 of 834  Tue 2nd Feb 2021 12:57pm  
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Continuing with Mr Ford, I didn't know his first name, he was always Martin's dad. A story that he told me was, during the early days of the then new No 18A Canley variant service, he got lost on route. Neither he or the conductor were familiar. Anyway, a greengrocery lady Girty, who had just started her business in a block of shops opposite the rear entrance to the crem, came to his assistance. That started a life long family friendship, that is also the reason that I got to be friendly with his son Martin. That was my Auntie Girty!!!
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815 of 834  Tue 2nd Feb 2021 10:57pm  
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These are two of my Coventry Transport buses operating in August 2020 at Wythall Transport Museum. 366 is the oldest surviving Coventry double-decker and GKV 94 the second oldest, dating from 1945 and 1950 respectively.
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PhiliPamInCoventry
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816 of 834  Wed 3rd Feb 2021 1:22pm  
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Thank you for your picture. Love it. An instant pic using my Kindle just now. Hope you like.
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Prof
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817 of 834  Tue 9th Mar 2021 8:58pm  
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slash1
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818 of 834  Thu 22nd Jul 2021 5:34pm  
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There is a dispute on a different site, about this issue. Can anyone confirm, when the no.22 bus started, did the no.1 bus route continue on its original route? I believe that it continued as it was. Any comments please?

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Midland Red
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819 of 834  Thu 22nd Jul 2021 9:16pm  
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Not aware of any changes, and the CCT website doesn’t show any Thumbs up
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PhiliPamInCoventry
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820 of 834  Thu 22nd Jul 2021 9:45pm  
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The only change to the 22 route that I was aware of was the use of Mile Lane instead of Quinton Road.
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PhiliPamInCoventry
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821 of 834  Thu 19th Aug 2021 11:18pm  
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Hi all, Bus service changes at the end of this month
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mcsporran
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822 of 834  Fri 20th Aug 2021 3:47am  
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On 22nd Jul 2021 5:34pm, slash1 said: Can anyone confirm, when the no.22 bus started, did the no.1 bus route continue on its original route?
According to www.cct-society.org.uk it started in January 1955. The service that later became route 1 began in March 1914. After the number 22 started, it continued to operate at the then current route until at least 1974.
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mcsporran
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823 of 834  Fri 20th Aug 2021 4:02am  
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For nostalgia interest, the pre-war tram and bus service numbers can be found here. And the route map at the takeover of Coventry Transport by WMPTE in 1974 can also be found on Flickr.
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PhiliPamInCoventry
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824 of 834  Mon 23rd Aug 2021 2:04pm  
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I've been all electric today.
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Helen F
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825 of 834  Mon 23rd Aug 2021 3:07pm  
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Was it nice and quiet?
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