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Re: Chatham & District Traction Company
« Reply #97 on: November 11, 2015, 10:26:39 »
I don't know about the colour of the poles PC, but a thought occurs:-
Although C&D and M&D belonged to the same holding company, they were run at this time as two, independant, competing operators. I don't think C&D would accept M&D colours on their street furniture. I believe that in most cases they had separate stops. They certainly had different fare scales as C&D were protected from competition by law over common sections of route. Similar protection applied in Maidstone, M&D v. Maidstone Corp. Those stops in smiffy's photo were only served by C&D, M&D going via the High Street to Rochester.
I think it more likely that the poles were in C&D brown & cream, or perhaps black & white like traffic signs?

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Re: Chatham & District Traction Company
« Reply #96 on: November 10, 2015, 18:41:30 »
Brilliant find Smiffy, many thanks :).

So I wasn’t quite right - the bar didn’t project like the LT logo. I’m now wondering if the poles were painted in the M&D colours of green and yellow.

To give an idea of spacing, the next stop was a request on the New Road, just out of sight at the top of New Cut. Then a normal stop at the bottom of Fort Pitt Hill, another request near the bowls club on Jackson’s Fields, a normal stop on New Road before the turn down to Star Hill, and then Victoria Street or the High Street near the bottom of Star Hill, depending on route. About 6 stops per mile including requests.

C&D’s Bristol K5G’s were usually started in 2nd gear, then with the changes to 3rd and 4th it made about 18 gear changes per mile excluding those for normal traffic conditions. No wonder crews moaned about ‘lazy b***s’ stopping buses at request stops – drivers’ left leg muscles were probably well developed!

Fares were about one (old) penny for the first mile or part of, then about a half-penny per half-mile.
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« Reply #95 on: November 10, 2015, 16:09:42 »
You can see one either side of the road in this picture from 1939. I never noticed these before as they are a bit before my time!


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Re: Chatham & District Traction Company
« Reply #94 on: November 10, 2015, 12:07:42 »
The thread on the bus at Borstal has awoken another memory, which is more appropriate in this thread – the pre-war/wartime (?) M&D and C&D bus stop signs.

They were similar to the London Transport signs of a rectangular bar across a circle, but the rectangle was much wider. It was yellow with a green edge, and was either plain or carried the wording ‘Request Stop’, as appropriate.

The part-circle above and below the rectangle was green and carried the words ‘Bus’ and ‘Stop’ respectively.

The sign hung from a metal post bent at a right-angle at the top by two chains, but I can’t remember what colour the posts were painted.

 I have searched in vain for one to show in a photo and can’t remember when they were replaced by the present concrete posts with the sign bolted on.

Please someone – tell me it’s not all a figment of my imagination!
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« Reply #93 on: October 16, 2014, 16:43:50 »
And me....
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« Reply #92 on: October 16, 2014, 14:47:44 »
Me too
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« Reply #91 on: October 16, 2014, 14:08:49 »
done! Good luck!

Is there a thread on the trolley buses in Maidstone?

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« Reply #90 on: October 16, 2014, 13:38:14 »
Thanks for those who have voted to get the funding!

The FOCT website has been recently updated, with the latest info on the restoration.

Link:-  http://www.chathamtraction.org.uk/

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« Reply #89 on: October 16, 2014, 12:51:06 »
I did too  :)
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« Reply #88 on: October 16, 2014, 12:21:51 »
Me also!

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« Reply #87 on: October 16, 2014, 11:43:32 »
I have voted!

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« Reply #86 on: October 15, 2014, 20:32:55 »

A message from Richard Bournes Chairman of Friends of Chatham Traction

Friends of Chatham Traction - A Chance for £10,000 Grant application for restoration of GKE68 a 1939 Ex Chatham & District Double decker
     
            A phone call last Tuesday advised us that we'd been selected from “hundreds” of entrants to the Yorkshire Building Society's Lasting Legacy Fund competition as one of the 30 chosen to go forward to the voting stage.

YBS customers, members of the public and YBS Group staff will now be choosing their 3 favourite charities from this shortlist and the 15 charities that receive the most votes will be awarded a donation of £10,000 each.

 Details are at http://www.ybs.co.uk/legacy/index.html.

Please get voting, and tell your friends and relations, club members, work colleagues, anybody…….!!

The basis of our application was for funds to compete the first stage of chassis overhaul, to wheels, springs, bearings, steering etc, to produce a "rolling chassis".


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« Reply #85 on: September 30, 2013, 11:38:19 »
GKE64 and GKE72 were converted to tower-wagons in 1956 and transferred to Hastings Tramways as T2 and T1 respectively.
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« Reply #84 on: September 30, 2013, 00:06:14 »
OK GP I stand corrected.

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« Reply #83 on: September 29, 2013, 22:53:04 »
 GKE 65 - Not a tree lopper Mr S !!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rw3-497alh/5518937101/

It is still in existence but in poor condition up north.

 

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