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Some personal memory jerkers: pleading with Mum to use the W9 when visiting my father during his post-op stay in Highlands Hospital - and my distress when she declined on cost grounds, facing the long walk back down the length of Green Dragon Lane. I was tired, little did I understand at the time that she must've been exhausted.
Also, I'd forgotten the perspex box for coin scrutiny, before the driver flicked a lever with a satisfying mechanical clank to allow them to drop.
I automatically read the text with my upbeat Pathe news voice.

They did an umbrella for Oxford Circus in the 60s, so they'd had practice.
"London Transport has played a part in the creation of San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART), which opened its first section to passenger traffic last month."

Not something they would be crowing about nowadays.

Fascinating to see. Look forward to delving in deeper through the week. Thanks.
Didn't realise London buses were available in fun size that far back. Good call from Still Anon about the umbrella at Oxford Circus. Bond Street causing problems back then too...
One of the early and best fully-painted advert buses was the one for a bookmaker where the lower deck passengers appeared to be jockeys on racehorses.
I've got my Dad's mouldering collection of LT Magazines (rescued from a leaky shed) which he received as an employee. It was replaced by a newspaper-style publicaton (unoriginally called LT News) before finally ceasing.

The LT Musuem holds copies of them all in its library, and I think that there is a project to scan them for wider availability, though I can't track down any details.
I'm hoping page 31 will be scanned and uploaded shortly
They are all available online to download from TfL Archives - TOT News, Pennyfare, London Transport Magazine, LT News and LRT News.
I don't know whether it was official but you could go to a bus garage and hand over your three pence as it was later and get a copy there. I did this sometimes walking past the notices about no admittance to those under 16 years old under any circumstances and other no admittance notices (just as one did when buying a red rover).

Better still was the annual bound copies. My mother got me six from the late forties/early fifties that she bought at a jumble sale for me which have been my pride and joy.
Naturally defaulted to my best Pathe News voice when reading too!
What a splendid piece of history to have in your possession!
A large proportion of the staff magazines of London Transport and its predecessors dating back to the 1910s are available to read free online from the TfL archives.
I remember many LT double deckers in the late 70s or early 80s had a white band around the upper deck windows. Was this as a result of the Red Arrow trial? I don’t remember single deckers getting the same treatment.
All the single decker BL/BS were delivered in the 'white band' livery except BL 93-95 for the 128, also new double deck Fleetlines from DMS 1968 onwards, all MD, M 1-55 and T 1-31. The livery was discontinued in the summer of '79.
Thank you Still Anon. I think those single decker models were a little before my time and I don’t remember them operating them where I lived. It certainly makes for interesting reading.
Interesting that many of those experimental minibus routes are now conventional single decker routes. The only smaller buses in London now are those which serve narrow and quiet residential streets, like the Hampstead Garden Suburb buses.
My memory is that the Bond Street hump lasted many many more years than the 30 months they'd hoped it would when it was constructed.
I regularly used to buy my London Transport Magazine from the ticket office at Harrow-on-the-Hill station in the early 1960s. Also on display in the window was the British Railways Magazine (Eastern Region) which cost 3d.
The W9 has outlasted it's traffic objective, Highland Hospital - although it still traces it's route around what was the hospital grounds and is now a housing development.
Yet another LT staff magazine appeared in Spring 1990, this one aimed at senior managers and other staff to keep them informed of major issues. “London Lines” was a laminated, fully illustrated 24-page colour magazine. The first issue contained a full-length feature on the Northern Line and one about the introduction of the Gold Arrow midibus service. I have no idea how long “London Lines” survived or how I came to be on its distribution list.

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