I've got great memories of Pilchers Coaches from school trips etc , can still picture the upholstery of the seats vividly! We use to live at 120 Chatham Hill (the house on the left at the top of Stoney Alley) and often saw near misses between cars and coaches at the junction with Chatham Hill and Upper Luton Rd. One incident that I'll never forget happened right outside the house when I was a kid . A Coach, travelling down Chatham hill on its way back to the yard, moved over to the right in order to make the tight hairpin turn into Upper Luton road. A car driver for some reason tried to undertake the coach and the inevitable happened. The car ended up buried in the side luggage lockers. The police arrived and got the driver out of the car. Trying to clear the road asap, the coach driver reversed off the car and, being unmanned and unbraked, it started to roll rapidly toward our house. The quick thinking policeman dived through the open drivers window and pulled the handbrake just in time to stop it crashing into our front door !!!