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Offline alex397

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Oldest Bus Routes
« on: June 16, 2010, 07:56:45 PM »
There are many bus routes in London which are very historical, with some starting before WW2, some even before WW1. But does anyone have any interesting examples from the East Anglia region.

I have a few examples:
* 84 (New Barnet to St Albans) which began way back in 1913, operating between Golders Green and St. Albans.
* 242 (Potters Bar to Waltham Cross). On the 1940 bus map, the 242 can be seen operating Cheshunt and Waltham Abbey, with a Sunday extension to Wake Arms.
* 310 (Waltham Cross to Hertford). Also on the 1940 bus map, this can be seen operating (Along with 310A) between Enfield Town and Hertford. The section between Enfield and Waltham Cross was withdrawn only a few years ago, and the 310A only a few years ago as well.
* 313 (Chingford to Potters Bar). Although now a London Buses route, it was a Country route. Again on the 1940 map, seen operating between Enfield and Potters Bar.

My examples are only from the areas just outside London, so some more examples of deeper East Anglia would be very interesting to see.
Just thought this may be an interesting topic to discuss.

Thanks,
Alex

Offline Derrick Pancel

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Re: Oldest Bus Routes
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2010, 12:10:18 AM »
The X5 can trace its origins back to at least 1931, when service 150 between Cambridge and Bedford was jointly operated by Eastern Counties and Eastern National.

Other Cambridge services date back to when ECOC was formed, albeit with different route numbers. These include the 109 to Ely, 111 to Burwell, 112 to Duxford / Saffron Walden, 113 to Haverhill, 114 to Newmarket, 119 to Royston and the 123 to St. Ives.

Wasn't Eastern National's 151 / 351 Southend to London service long running before it ended a few years ago ?
« Last Edit: June 17, 2010, 12:17:42 AM by Derrick Pancel »

Offline FF17355

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Re: Oldest Bus Routes
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2010, 12:58:15 AM »
 The Eastern National 151 was a City Coach route which was acquired by Westcliff on Sea who were in turn  were acquired by Eastern National

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Re: Oldest Bus Routes
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2010, 01:08:24 AM »
It's always an interesting area to discuss when people start producing old timetables that showed better and faster services!

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Re: Oldest Bus Routes
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2010, 06:39:42 AM »
The Eastern National 151 was a City Coach route which was acquired by Westcliff on Sea who were in turn  were acquired by Eastern National
It then passed to Thamesway I think.
Another quite long running service wad the joint Southend/Reading Transport operated route X1 from Southend to Reading via VCS. Reading pulled out in the 1990s, Arriva who by then owned Southend Transport renumbered it the 721 and it became a "Greenline" route before getting cancelled in 2002. 

Offline jwy

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Re: Oldest Bus Routes
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2010, 03:29:00 PM »
During the 50's amd probably on into the 60's, the 313 was extended during the summer from St. Albans to Whipsnade Zoo.