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Offline Mickleburgh

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Re: East Kent
« Reply #30 on: January 03, 2016, 09:35:07 »
`Tilling green` is actually a bit of a misnomer, particularly as regards Kent. A hundred years ago the Thomas Tilling Co livery for their provincial motor bus expansion was red, eg, the Folkestone & District operation. Also favouring red was Flexman French who had started Maidstone & District M.S and had operations at Margate. The rival major Group, British Automobile Traction (Deal & District in Kent) favoured a dark green.

When it was decided to amalgamate (1916) various components into the East Kent Road Car Co and establish the territorial boundary with M&D referred to earlier in this thread, there was also an understanding as to the livery of the two companies in order that the public could discern the difference. East Kent would, effectively, be Tilling red whilst Maidstone & District (which had some BAT investment) would adopt the `British` dark green that was familiar up until the late 1960s.

Post WW2 the nationalised BTC companies were mainly former Tilling ones and many (but by no means all) used various shades of green. The myth of `Tilling Green` was thus born and when the National Bus Co was formed by absorbing the BET (erstwhile BAT) its adoption of a common `leaf green` or `red` to distinguish adjacent companies compounded this perception.

In actual fact M&D had been the very last company to sport not `Tilling Green` but the dark green of the `British` organisation that had its origins in tram-cars in the 19th C.


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Re: East Kent
« Reply #29 on: January 02, 2016, 15:34:42 »
I could argue for a Bristol/ECW combination, but I'll settle for that!

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Re: East Kent
« Reply #28 on: January 02, 2016, 15:23:29 »
You  mean like this Nemo.....I do so agree!!

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« Reply #27 on: January 02, 2016, 14:40:05 »
This is what happens when one fails to grasp that, really, the only correct livery for a decker is Tilling green and cream!  :)

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Re: East Kent
« Reply #26 on: January 22, 2014, 14:57:22 »
Boundary between the two companies was Faversham - Ashford - Rye.

Map of M&D services here: http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=5113.msg42913#msg42913
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Re: East Kent
« Reply #25 on: January 22, 2014, 14:15:52 »
All I can remember are the Maidstone & District buses.

Offline HERB COLLECTOR

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« Reply #24 on: January 21, 2014, 22:13:36 »
'Remembering the East Kent Tiger buses.
Hopefully some East Kent residents will remember the Tiger, this gem of a bus that ran in the area from 1948-1960.'

Tiger Bus with Park Royal body. Reg CFN 104.  At the Brookland's Bus Museum Fest Day, late 2013.
Photos @ http://www.localrags.co.uk/index.php/news/2014/1/19/remembering-the-east-kent-tiger-buses/

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Re: East Kent
« Reply #23 on: December 09, 2013, 15:06:00 »

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Re: East Kent
« Reply #22 on: December 09, 2013, 15:02:35 »
Not sure if this is quite on topic, but wasn't there an "M&D and East Kent Bus Club" running at some point for enthusiasts?

Offline Mickleburgh

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« Reply #21 on: December 07, 2013, 15:30:37 »
Ah, those East Kent touring coaches of 1964, AEC `Reliance` with a special, short, Duple `Commander` bodywork, only 34-seats, very stylish for their day but what a mistake they made in sticking with the small 470 engine instead of opting for the larger 590 that they already had fitted in express coach deliveries at the same time.

Offline Ted Ingham

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« Reply #20 on: November 28, 2013, 15:49:16 »
A couple of pictures I photographed in either the later 60's or early 70's?.
The first one was taken outside St Peters Bus Depot near Broadstairs.
The second taken outside Westgate on Sea Station. My Father in Law was the driver.
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« Reply #19 on: February 04, 2013, 13:54:21 »
Those pics on that site are pretty good, I spent too long looking and adding a comment or two. Thanks for posting.

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« Reply #18 on: February 04, 2013, 13:47:44 »
And my comment on the Victoria Pier poster being prewar was accurate too.  :)

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« Reply #17 on: February 04, 2013, 09:45:58 »
That is a clearer version of the pic that started the thread.............. Finally, thanks to a clearer pic, I will agree that the loco is a C class. It is just the tender looks out of proportion from this angle. However the cab cutouts and the sandboxes on the centre splashers points at the C.

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Re: East Kent
« Reply #16 on: February 03, 2013, 23:26:54 »
I've just found this image on the Flikr website. It was taken by a guy called Sidney Perrier in June 1938.  :)

See:http://www.flickr.com/photos/swift-valley/3105748696/in/set-72157622769148804/

 

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