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Birmingham Sparkbrook 1960s

Those fine portraits you get of three-quarter front views of buses are all very good. But most of my experience of buses was from the rear. That is, after all, the way you got on them. And that is why I like this picture of a 24 bus in Sparkbrook, Birmingham.

Dating from the 1960s, it brings back many memories growing up in Birmingham. The boys grappling with the cart, a plank of wood with pram wheels. The uniformed schoolgirls on the way home, with leather satchel. And the woman with the shopping bag who wears the same style of coat and hat that my mother did. Every sweet shop had a sign for Wall’s ice cream.

As a bus modeller it is often very difficult to get a rear view of a bus in service. I have produced a bus on the same route 24 - a ‘tin front’ with ‘MOF’ registration. You can buy one for a short time at the special price of £28.00 from this site only.

Birmingham under the snow in 1963

As the weather becomes more wintry, we might be reminded of winter 1963. Snowstorms covered the UK but the temperature remained below zero for weeks; the snow stayed piled up. Here’s a reminder from Birmingham. The diorama has one of my buses being dug out; en route to Weoley Castle from Selly Oak, windows misted up and the conductor clearing a blockage.

Scale model produced by Forward Models, with a new destination and added snow.
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