|Not police specials
but school and works specials.
|Works journeys fell into
two categories. Those where the firm paid
the full cost of the bus so we did not collect
fares and those where the firm made up the
difference between the fares collected and
the cost of laying on the bus. On the first
type we only carried workers from the firm
involved while on the second we picked up
other passengers along the way.
| School buses
were of the same two types. Passengers
would get on a school service
and then complain about the children.
| One school
special for primary school children
but not on service to passengers
ran between Worthy Down army camp
and North Walls in Winchester.
There were no fares to collect
but the children had to be counted.
There were about 120 on a 60 seat
| Fights would
break out but the conductor dare
not leave the platform to sort
out the problem. If he did, he
would return to find children
hanging out of the back of the
bus, trying to knock their brains
out against passing road signs.
The mothers would complain bitterly
if little Johnny arrived home
with a cut eye or a bloody nose.
| Other specials
ran for events such as the New
Forest Show where we ran a shuttle
service between Brockenhurst train
station and the show ground.
|Not strictly a special,
we ran buses between the Central Station and
the channel car ferries. Many people arriving
in the country from France had only large
denomination English bank notes. As I used
to make frequent trips across the channel,
I would carry no change on these journeys
but I did have my own fare chart in French
francs. This made sure that I always had plenty
of change in French money, all I had to do
was pay in the fares in sterling from my own