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Offline smiffy

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Re: RTA early 1960s
« Reply #16 on: June 11, 2018, 19:13:47 »
Nice find!

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« Reply #15 on: June 11, 2018, 17:59:53 »
Presumably 1958 or later because the bus appears delicenced with Crosville at Colbro (wherever that is!): https://thetransportlibrary.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=77065&search=Fm9050

Oh drat, just read the thread title!

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Re: RTA early 1960s
« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2018, 21:51:10 »
It appears that the H.J. Taylor, fruit and vegetable company  went to the wall in 1972.

  See the first entry on this link

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/45656/page/4941/data.pdf
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Re: RTA early 1960s
« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2018, 12:03:27 »
Quite agree, Smiler, most of the new generation of light commercials of that era had minimum consideration for driver survival.
So far as I can work it out the one double-deck emerged from the left, possibly out of control, and impacted the n/s of the van, which then span round (twice?) finishing up reversed onto the second double-deck. As I said originally, it must have been spectacular to observe, especially for the driver of the second bus with a grandstand view of it coming towards him!

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« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2018, 11:44:04 »
The body on the van was probably not structural, almost certainly built onto a chassis. Therefore more easily damaged and that damage transmitted across the structure.

It looks like a heavy impact on the offside, the door leaning against the van is actually the nearside one, it probably fell off when the roof deformed as the doors were usually sliding ones. Very handy for deliveries, but quite terrifying being driven with them open and no seatbelts.
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Re: RTA early 1960s
« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2018, 08:19:05 »
Slightly odd how there is so much damage to the roof on the n/s of the van but no damage to the front on that side.

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« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2018, 13:08:51 »
It looked like a serious accident - it's hard to believe the van driver could have escaped without injury. No seat belts or airbags in those days.

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Re: RTA early 1960s
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2018, 09:25:57 »
I remember the mechanic who used to have use of that van, perhaps in a hurry for a breakdown somewhere.

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« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2018, 23:07:12 »
Contract Bus Services Ltd was a subsidiary of Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd, both vehicles look as if they belong to them.
The damage to the Bedford van seems unusually catastrophic, even if the leading bus had skidded and caused a head on smack the van would surely have been coming uphill at a reasonable rate. Somewhere methinks there has to be a press report.

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Re: RTA early 1960s
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2018, 20:10:23 »
I have blown the picture up at Luton arches is at the bottom so im positive this is Chatham high.
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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2018, 19:01:35 »
Neither bus is carrying any obvious insignia on the side. Were both buses doing the same job of ferrying workers, rather than a scheduled service?
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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2018, 17:38:22 »
Could be that the van coming up the hill clipped the front of the bus emerging from Seymour road and performed a near 360 into the other bus. Either that or the bus in the background lost control going down the hill and caused the mayhem. It looks like it may have gone into a skid and hit the lamppost behind it, which is leaning over. As for date, it looks about 1960ish to me.

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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2018, 16:05:02 »
Rather than rely on memory I really should check GSV first!

I think it is certainly Seymour Road, even Luton Arches are visible, and in the right perspective.

Now for a date.
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2018, 15:32:36 »
Pretty sure you're right about Chatham Hill, but I think this is actually near the junction with Seymour Road.

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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2018, 15:25:57 »
Could that be Chatham Hill? About where Upper Luton Road joins it.
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