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On The Buses "Getting around" (Back In The dDay)

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Things were so different back then and many on here will have some Fond, Funny And Sadly Tragic Memmories they may wish to share.

In a nutshell back then, not many people had there own transport (owned a car) and relied on Trains and buses to travel to your favourite Soul Nite, All Dayer/Niter  

Here in Scunny we mostly hired a Coach or Mini Bus or Transit van with seats in the back, anything we could get our hands on to get to be where we wanted to be. Those that had a car, well we would pile in and share petrol expenses, and push come to shove Thumb It! You had to really work your arse off to get to be where you wanted to be.

The thing i loved so much about arriving at the big Niters and Dayers was looking around at the Coaches drawing up out front or in the Car Parks to see where they had come from and spotting people smiling at you from inside the coach as they recognise you and can't wait to catch up with you as they may well not have seen you for some time, just like a family reunion ( Which i suppose it was ) as we felt like we were one big Happy Family.

Scooters were always in evidence too with Scooter Clubs arranging to meet up too, Great times, Great Memories, Lets Share Them.  

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Yep,riding the[bus]was the way to go back then as we hung out with our friends and chilled,once and awhile some fool would start something[maybe a gun was involved]but it was quickly handled and we rolled on,I guess my fondest memory is having a date and she didn't mind you not having a car[that would never work today].

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Used to go to a regular monthly soul night in Amsterdam by bicycle, even with my DJ box. That was a round trip of about 16 miles.

The journey took you through the Amsterdam woods, which is pitch dark, so it’s just you, your bike light and a hand-held torch. Really enjoyed coming home and cycling through there at 4am because of all the noises - owls, frogs and whatever - and especially in the summertime because you’d be cycling through the woods as the sun came up.

About five years ago we moved a bit further away from Amsterdam, which put an end to the soul night cycling, so now it’s bus and train into the city centre and a night bus home. Would much rather I could still do it by bike.

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A lot of my record collection was brought by travelling around on a rover bus ticket   happy days    oh and l hate you Blakey for kicking me off the bus for going out  of  the allowed zone 

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14 hours ago, Winsford Soul said:

This perfectly sums up your post. Widnes soulies  on the bus going to Warrington Parr Hall Nighter . Me on the far right.  This picture has been posted on here in another thread 

Steve 

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Love the photograph, more please of your memories, Smiles, Smiles, Smiles, I think we were So much Happier in those Days?

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On 11/10/2018 at 19:50, Winsford Soul said:

This perfectly sums up your post. Widnes soulies  on the bus going to Warrington Parr Hall Nighter . Me on the far right.  This picture has been posted on here in another thread 

Steve 

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Happy faces hoping to hear something on Decca?

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bus into manchester and train from victoria to wigan back on sunday morning train think first train was 10 O'clock then first sunday bus home was about 11.30 so we used to have a coffee in the italian cafe near the station, living in old trafford made it fairly easy for clubs buses mainly Blue rooms sale sometimes bus mostly train from warwick rd, carolines manchester, blackpool was in mates car as was cleethorpes all dayers in burnley birmingham tiffanies newcastle sunday nights, even peterborough and Yate. covered some miles in the 70's in pursuit of soul.

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This was our regular Wigan trip, get the Manchester train from Durham buy a single to Darlington , tickets not checked from then . Stay on the platform at Manchester get the local train to Wigan get off the stop before , and bus from there to casino. ! Hopefully get a lift  back on coach or car!   Happy days

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Reading this thread and seeing Steve's photo triggered a memory for me, wonder if anyone else?

Buses in those days had a peculiar smell unique to them that you don't see nowadays, the heavy Velour used to soak up the nicotine on a massive scale, this then combined with the smell of Diesel fumes to make a unique odour, bet you can smell it now too eh?

The rest isn't really applicable to my crews' memories cause I always took 'em in a nice Rover 3500S, Mk1 3litre Ghia Granada, other old prestige car or if it were fairly local, a nice 50s or 60s Yank motor, borrowed from work. 

But that smell, used to take my breath away... :hatsoff2:

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55 minutes ago, james naughton said:

Yeh totally agree with you pal that old bus smell u just fetched it back to me 😝

The local bus company seat covers where if I remember correctly was like a red leather/ vinyl type,  stuck to it in summer and freezing in winter. Hijacked a bus once. Inspector and conductor where talking by the bus stop and driver in his cab. Pressed the bell . Off we went much to our glee and conductor  and inspectors suprise 

 Next bus stop pressed the bell. Driver stopped,  people got on / off . Pressed the bell off we went again about 3 miles and countless stops later police with inspector and conductor got on fuming.  We in stitches but they couldn't prove anything.  

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