Sunday, 9 July 2017


There seemed to be quite a few 'classic bus' enthusiasts enjoying the sunshine and the 3rd Saltaire Historic Bus Running Day in Roberts Park. I'm not sure what Sir Titus was making of it. It was all horse-drawn carriages in his day, of course.

I hadn't realised that spotting buses is an alternative to train spotting and comes with all its own memorabilia - photos for sale, old timetables, models of buses...

Numberplates and signs:

Vintage ticket machines (oh! another wave of nostalgia! Remember the sounds they used to make?) and rolls of tickets to put in them, should you wish to role-play being a bus conductor. (As children, we used to be thrilled when we got tickets with red lines on them that indicated the roll was running out!) 

And books with such fascinating titles ... (When Buses Were Worth Spotting!)


  1. I remember being allowed to turn the handle on the ticket machine by one kindly conductor. Very exciting!

  2. Bradford used to have a beautifully painted converted bus with half the rear bodywork cut away. It was used for towing trolleybuses back to the depot after accidents or breakdowns.

  3. It seems that there is a hobby/collection for just about everything now.

  4. There is a whole other world out there that I'm sure most of us have never considered. How unusual but fun this hobby must be.

  5. Great post, thank you
    I love the sound of change running through the bus collection thing.

  6. It shouldn't surprise me that license plates would also be a collector item.


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