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My second day started in the afternoon. I met the conductor who was going to take me out on my first shift. We started with the 14:40 number 69 to Fareham and back, had a 56 minute meal break, then did the 18:30 number 47 to Southampton and finished with the 21:40 to Fareham getting back to the depot at 23:34.

Matching the fare stages on the fare chart with the stops on the road was difficult enough in daylight but soon it was dark. Harder still was working out where the passengers wanted when they asked for places in between. Fortunately for them I was not yet expected to ring the bell to stop the bus where they wanted to get off. For the next week and a half I would have an experienced conductor with me to help out if I got into difficulties. After that, I would be on my own.

 
From Winchester we ran to Southampton via Chandlers Ford (47) (known as the "Main Road"), Southampton via Eastleigh (48) and Fareham (69). Most services on routes 66 to Salisbury, 67 to Petersfield and 68, 68A and 68B to Andover were operated by driver only buses but several journeys to Andover each day and the 1730 to Petersfield were worked by crews. We sometimes operated reliefs on the 66 but only as far as Hursley.
We had an extra morning and afternoon trip on the 47 route from and to Hiltingbury (between Chandlers Ford and Hursley) on schooldays. Wilts & Dorset also ran on the 66 and the 68/68A/68B routes. The 111 service to Basingstoke was run exclusively by Wilts & Dorset.
With only four main routes, learning the fares was reasonably easy. Where King Alfred buses ran on the same section we charged the fares set by them. Otherwise the only complication was the special tickets such as five and six day weeklies, transfers and day out tickets which we carried on a wooden rack.
At the end of two weeks I was deemed ready to go out on my own. A sleepless night was probably not the best preparation.
This is a sixpenny (old money) single ticket issued at fare stage 55 on the 13th of March from ticket machine 627 and numbered 315.
From Winchester Bus Station:
47 - North Walls, Jewry Street, Southgate Street, St.Cross, Bushfield Camp, Compton, Otterbourne, Chandler's Ford, Bassett, The Avenue, London Road, Above Bar, Southampton Bus Station (West Marlands). Journey time 48 minutes each way plus 12 minutes layover at Southampton. The 47 was operated by Winchester and Southampton crews.
48 - North Walls, Jewry Street, Southgate Street, St.Cross, Hockley, Twyford, Colden Common, Fisher's Pond, Crowd Hill, Fair Oak, Bishopstoke, Eastleigh Bus Station (Blenheim Road), Nightingale Bridge, North Stoneham, Swaythling, Portswood, Lodge Road (Stag Gates), London Road, Above Bar, Southampton Bus Station (West Marlands). Journey time 76 minutes each way plus 19 minutes layover at Southampton. The 48 was operated by Winchester and Southampton crews.
66 - North Walls, City Road, Romsey Road, Pitt, Hursley, Ampfield, Romsey (Market Place), Shootash, Sherfield English, Whiteparish, Whaddon, Salisbury Bus Station. Although Salisbury was shown as the destination, buses did not run through to Salisbury. On most journeys passengers needed to change buses to the 37 from Southampton at Whiteparish, on others to the Wilts & Dorset 36 in Romsey. The 37 and 66 were joint services with Wilts & Dorset.
67 - Chilcombe Corner, Warnford Corner, Beauworth (not all journeys), Old Cheriton, Bramdean, West Meon, Drayton, East Meon, Langrish, Stroud, Petersfield (Square). Journey time 78 or 85 minutes. Layover times in Petersfield varied.
68 - North Walls, City Road, Andover Road, Flowerdown, Worthy Down, Sutton Scotney, Bullington Cross, Barton Stacey Army Camps C and D, Barton Stacey Army Camp B, Longparish, Bell Road, Andover Bus Station. Journey time 55 minutes each way plus 5 minutes layover in Andover.
68A - North Walls, City Road, Andover Road, Flowerdown, Worthy Down, Sutton Scotney, Barton Stacey, Barton Stacey Army Camp B, Longparish, Bell Road, Andover Bus Station. Journey time 55 minutes each way plus 5 minutes layover in Andover.
68B - North Walls, City Road, Andover Road, Flowerdown, Crawley Down, Barton Stacey, Barton Stacey Army Camps C and D, Barton Stacey Army Camp B, Longparish, Bell Road, Andover Bus Station. Journey time 53 minutes plus 7 minutes layover in Andover. The 68, 68A and 68B were joint services with Wilts & Dorset.
69 - North Walls, Jewry Street, Southgate Street, St.Cross, Hockley, Twyford, Colden Common, Fisher's Pond, Lower Upham, Bishop's Waltham, Swanmore, Waltham Chase, Shedfield, Wickham, Fareham Bus Station (West Street). Journey time 79 minutes each way plus 16 minutes layover at Fareham. The 69 was operated by Winchester, Fareham and Bishops Waltham crews.
During layovers, as well as snatching refreshments, conductors had to deliver and collect parcels at the booking office.
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