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    What do we remember about old bus depots

    Lots of Double Decker buses with the drivers and conductors

    The manual turning of routes and bus numbers

    Smell of diesel

    Passenger queues waiting to board the buses

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    Preston Bus Station in Lancashire was in the seventies was the largest bus station in Europe plus as you see a multi-story is above. One side was for Ribble Buses (now swallowed by Stagecoach) & the other side was for Preston Corporation Buses. Also at Preston Bus Station had probably the most vending machines in any bus station. There were obviously tea/coffee vending machines but there were also vending machines dispensing milk in those triangle cartons, hot dogs & pies, chips (then deep fat fried; now microwaved) etc.

    Pure heaven for a vending machine geek like me lol
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    Do you really believe the other side without provocation would launch so many ICBM's, subs and ships knowing that we would have no option to launch as well? It would break our MAD Treaty (Mutually Assured Destruction) not to mention the end of the world as we know it.


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    Preston Bus Station as it is today
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    Do you really believe the other side without provocation would launch so many ICBM's, subs and ships knowing that we would have no option to launch as well? It would break our MAD Treaty (Mutually Assured Destruction) not to mention the end of the world as we know it.


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    Stockport Bus Station hasn't changed too much from when I was young.
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    Preston is a classic (though I have only had the honour of visiting twice in 40 years). Even then both visits was 25 years -part but what a marvel the place is with it'd Art Deco inside too. I am so so glad it got saved from the the demoltion Team - it is a piece of pure English Heritage and beauty (almost)!!!

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    We used to catch the bus home from Southend from the depot at the top of the High Street when it was still there, is now a cinema.

    The passenger part was along one side, where you'd wait for the bus, it was covered so always a relief when it was raining, it smelled of buses and metal. The buses entered either end and left either end as both opened out on a main road.

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    my dad was a bus driver from about 1974 - 1984. he had to retire due to having a heart attack. the bus depot where he worked was awesome. the staff were great and whenever i went to meet my dad, they made me feel as though i was a part of them. even got to go out with them whenever they were trying new buses out for the fleet.

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    My mum's dad lived in Blackburn and anyone who caught a bus from there knows it was near a Whitbread brewery - terrible smell!!!
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    They have finally closed the Broad Marsh bus station in Nottingham, and they are redeveloping it.

    About time too as well.
    Telling it almost exactly like it was so many years later - and proud of doing so!

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    PORTADOWN BUS DEPOT FAIR GREEN.

    THIS PIC IS AT LEAST 25YRS AGO.
    THE YARD YOU SEE IS NOW USED BY THE LOCAL
    COUNCIL.


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