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Omnibus Tales
« on: October 30, 2014, 04:41:21 PM »
Once an Inspector at Northampton recited me this tale that occurred a few years ago when United Counties operated National Express.

A gentleman who had poor English came to the enquiry ooffice and asked for B'dford, the early Inspector put the Gentleman on the X2 service to Bedford, he didn't recognise this place so got on the next Bus to Northampton.  On his arrival he once again asked for B'dford so the next Inspector put him on the X3 service to Cambridge. 

He returned later and there was he came with a message from the Inspector a Bedford, they had managed to find a driver who spoke to Gentleman's native tongue and found it he actually wanted Bradford.

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Re: Omnibus Tales
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2014, 04:47:37 PM »
Ha! Sounds like a very funny story!! I knew a few from old drivers I've heard from the past. So good people have good memories of UCOC.
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Re: Omnibus Tales
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2014, 06:32:59 PM »
Like the person for Margate Harbour who ended up at Market Harborough
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Re: Omnibus Tales
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2014, 10:49:31 AM »
Like the person for Margate Harbour who ended up at Market Harborough

.... or (with a twist), all the coaching drivers who drive up the M1 to find Leeds Castle (actually in Kent, not Leeds at all!)

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Re: Omnibus Tales
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2014, 02:32:48 PM »
A bit like what went on at St Pancras Station back in the 1980s when I worked there :-
Passenger " what Platform for Newcastle / Edinburgh Leeds . Reply xx30 to Sheffield , change there .
Passenger , I thought I could get a direct train . Reply -You can from Kings Cross , which is next Door . Passenger , is this not Kings Cross then ?
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Re: Omnibus Tales
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2014, 05:36:13 PM »
Back in the 1970s, a friend was a conductor for SouthamptonCity Transport on one of these E lancs bodied AECs (not my photo – see flickr attribution).

One day, working the 11 service, his bus pulled up at the stop also used by the 11A.

Passenger: I thought the 11A was due.

Conductor: Well, madam, this is the 11 and we're on time.

Passenger: I need an 11A, you go the wrong way round.

Conductor: We go the right way round for the 11, madam. (rings bell)

Passenger: How long will the 11A be?

Conductor: (from rapidly departing bus) Twenty-seven feet, six inches, madam!
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Re: Omnibus Tales
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2014, 10:51:06 PM »
Old chestnut from the Bedford town service.
Lady passenger: 'Is this one going to Clapham?'
Conductor: 'Only if they're particularly good, madam'.
Is that one still doing the rounds?
 

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Re: Omnibus Tales
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2014, 11:11:14 PM »
A bit like what went on at St Pancras Station back in the 1980s when I worked there :-
Passenger " what Platform for Newcastle / Edinburgh Leeds . Reply xx30 to Sheffield , change there .
Passenger , I thought I could get a direct train . Reply -You can from Kings Cross , which is next Door . Passenger , is this not Kings Cross then ?

Because the tube station is a combination of the two, but I can't explain any of the others.,,
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Re: Omnibus Tales
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2014, 02:02:52 AM »
Here is another one, a Yorkshire Traction (National Express Driver) was loading up in London Victoria, while the driver was in the locker a passenger decided he wanted to board the coach without his ticket being checked. Due to another no show the drivers head count was as per his loading sheet.

On arrival at Rotherham this gentleman was still on the bus, the driver advised him it was the end of the route and he went "How do I get to the docks." The driver asked for his ticket and he produced a Eurolines ticket for the service to Rotterdam.

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Re: Omnibus Tales
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2014, 08:18:23 AM »
Because the tube station is a combination of the two, but I can't explain any of the others.,,

If only it was that simple , trust me , who worked there , it wasn't !
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Re: Omnibus Tales
« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2014, 08:30:57 AM »
One I came across a few years ago

Passenger boarding a Merseybus service to Speke: "Driver, is this bus going to Speke?"

Driver: "Well it hasn't said a word so far today madam!"