Cloud formation over Luton

Cloud formation over Luton



Sunset, Luton

Sunset, Luton

Some early afternoon winter sun..



Last light

Last light

Winter sunset that just happened to line up with the road..



Geese take off

Geese take off

A flock of geese departs Wardown Park lake, Luton



RT's at Luton

RT's at Luton

Seen here parked outside the London Transport Garage in Park Street West, Luton are two RT's of Luton Garage - at the front is KXW 160, RT 3051. London Transport and later London Country were never a strong force in Luton with only a few services to the south and west of the town as well as Green Line services from the Airport. It was little surprise when the garage was closed in 1976 and all remaining services taken over by United Counties.

Scanned from an acquired, un-copyrighted negative.



D1041 Western Prince at Luton

D1041 Western Prince at Luton

Seen pulling out of Luton Yard with stone empties from Leagrave is Class 52 Western D1041 Western Prince on 15th April 1976. This train was regularly rostered for a 'Western' and it brought much interest for local enthusiasts. The photograph has been taken from Crawley Green Road bridge with the slightly too high parapet creeping into shot! Behind can be seen one of the many yards in the town given over to the storage of Vauxhall and Bedford cars and trucks which were manufactured locally. For many years trains full of cars left Luton Yard for many destinations in the UK and beyond.

Scanned from an acquired, un-copyrighted print.



D1012 Western Firebrand at Luton

D1012 Western Firebrand at Luton

Up until their withdrawal trains to Leagrave Stone Terminal often brought Class 52 Westerns up the Midland Main Line which definiately was something unusual to see. D1012 Western Firebrand is seen here running round light engine at Luton on 24th October 1975.

Ironically in this day and age of all freight going by road the Leagrave Stone Terminal is still in use and rail connected and Luton Yard seen in the background of this shot also acts as a rail connected stone terminal too nowadays, the transportation of locally produced Vauxhall cars by train having ended many years ago.

Scanned from an acquired, un-copyrighted print.



Luton Corporation Daimler / Willowbrook BNM181

Luton Corporation Daimler / Willowbrook BNM181

Seen here is Daimler COG5G / Willowbrook BNM 181, fleet number 63 in the Luton Corporation fleet. New in 1937 as part of a batch of similar vehicles these hardy Daimlers saw LCT through the war years. Their preselector gearboxes were welcomed by drivers on many of Luton's hills in the days when crash gearboxes were the norm. Sold by LCT in August 1953 it is believed to have been exported to Spain along with a number of it's ex-LCT stablemates.

Scanned from an acquired, un-copyrighted print.



United Counties Lolines

United Counties Lolines

Acquired by United Counties through the takeover of Luton Corporation Transport in January 1970 were a number of non-standard vehicles including some Dennis Lolines, the newest double deck vehicles in the fleet at the time of takeover. Possibly due to local engineering knowledge of the vehicles they never strayed far from Luton Garage even once in UCOC's ownership. FXD 184 and 186C are seen here in Bridge Street, Luton soon after being repainted into green. Most survived around three years in service with United Counties and were acquired by dealer Sid Twell of Ingham after withdrawal. Only two saw further service - FXD 183C spent some time with Ernie's (Keuhnlenz) of Upper Langwith, Derbyshire whilst FXD 184C was converted to a mobile theatre and shipped to Paris in February 1974. Allegedly this vehicle survived for a number of years in France and it was supposedly still in existence in the late 1990's although I have yet to see any photographic evidence of this.

Scanned from an acquired, un-copyrighted print.



Misty Leagrave Park, Bedfordshire

Misty Leagrave Park, Bedfordshire

The mist acted as a filter for the sun which was handy.



Forgotten Bedfordshire Bus Stops - St Thomas's Road, Stopsley

Forgotten Bedfordshire Bus Stops - St Thomas's Road, Stopsley

Another Luton area bus stop that has not been served for a number of years is that outside Mixes Hill Court, St Thomas's Road, Stopsley. In years gone by when Bradgers Hill Road was still a through road this road supported several pubs and shops as well as serving as access to Stopsley High School and the Regional Sports Centre. It did serve as a terminus for some services in Luton and District days but latterly was only used by the Luton Borough Council sponsored Access Bus service. These stop flags and timetable cases were installed when the Access Bus services were revamped and taken over by Grant Palmer in 2005 and several still exist a number of years after the Access Bus service ceased to operate.

This photo shows the remains of the stops looking towards Stopsley High School and Bradgers Hill Road leading to Old Bedford Road.



United Counties PXE118G

United Counties PXE118G

Seen here in Bury Park Road, Luton on 23rd April 1975 is ex-Luton Corporation Bristol RE / ECW PXE 118G working for United Counties from their Luton depot on Service 57 to the then new Marsh Farm Estate at Leagrave. These ex-Luton Corporation machines were withdrawn much earlier than United Counties' own RE's and in general worked in the town they were intended for the complete duration of their lives with United Counties.

Scanned from an acquired, un-copyrighted negative.



Park Street, Luton 1975

Park Street, Luton 1975

Seen here in May 1975 is Park Street, Luton which has not changed much over the intervening 40 plus years. London Country Leyland Atlantean JPL 157K is seen loading on Service 321 to Rickmansworth whilst unusually a Green Line Leyland National of the HPF-N batch is seen having operated on the usually RT operated Service 360 from Caddington. An ex-Midland General Bristol Lodekka / ECW 259 HNU is seen on the southbound stops outside the Luton Technical College.

Scanned from an acquired, un-copyrighted negative.



Leafy Lewsey

Leafy Lewsey

The bus layby in Wheatfield Road, Lewsey Farm has for many years served as a terminus point for services from Luton that are not continuing to Houghton Regis or Dunstable. It is also unusual in having two stops at the same point - one more modern stop for services passing by with an older concrete stop on the layby for terminating services. Seen here on a dull 8th December 2016 waiting time on Service 33 is Arriva The Shires Wright Streetlight LM64 JOA in unusually rural looking surroundings.



Forgotten Bedfordshire Bus Stops - Gas Works Path, Luton

Forgotten Bedfordshire Bus Stops - Gas Works Path, Luton

Served by a Saturdays only extension to Grant Palmer's Service 30, this stop in Gas Works Path in Bury Park, Luton was installed around about 2005 when Grant Palmer's network of routes in the town were recast. I think the aim was to attract passengers to the football ground and also those wishing to travel from the town centre back to Sainsburys in Bury Park. In September 2016 the stop remains in situ, un-served for many years with a laminated copy of the bus times still visible.



Forgotten Bedfordshire Bus Stops - Gas Works Path, Luton

Forgotten Bedfordshire Bus Stops - Gas Works Path, Luton

Served by a Saturdays only extension to Grant Palmer's Service 30, this stop in Gas Works Path in Bury Park, Luton was installed around about 2005 when Grant Palmer's network of routes in the town were recast. I think the aim was to attract passengers to the football ground and also those wishing to travel from the town centre back to Sainsburys in Bury Park. In September 2016 the stop remains in situ, un-served for many years with a laminated copy of the bus times still visible.



Forgotten Bedfordshire Bus Stops - Longcroft Road, Luton

Forgotten Bedfordshire Bus Stops - Longcroft Road, Luton

Grant Palmer took over the Luton Access Bus service from Three Star Coaches in 2005 and also took on the regular driver who had previously driven the route for Three Star and before that, Buffalo Travel. There was something of a relaunch with the Renault Master / Rohill vehicle RK53 AZV from the failed Stoplinker town centre service being newly vinyled and passed back to Grant Palmer after a number of months largely standing idle at the Borough Council's Kingsway Depot. Publicity and stops were also refreshed with several new locations having flags installed. One of those that had not been served by regular services for many years was at the top of Ashburnham Road where it becomes Longcroft Road and goes up towards Farley Hill. The Lutonian had provided a service via this steep hill for several years but had ultimately withdrawn it through lack of patronage. The flag remains extant and is seen here in September 2016.



Forgotten Bedfordshire Bus Stops - Longcroft Road, Luton

Forgotten Bedfordshire Bus Stops - Longcroft Road, Luton

Grant Palmer took over the Luton Access Bus service from Three Star Coaches in 2005 and also took on the regular driver who had previously driven the route for Three Star and before that, Buffalo Travel. There was something of a relaunch with the Renault Master / Rohill vehicle RK53 AZV from the failed Stoplinker town centre service being newly vinyled and passed back to Grant Palmer after a number of months largely standing idle at the Borough Council's Kingsway Depot. Publicity and stops were also refreshed with several new locations having flags installed. One of those that had not been served by regular services for many years was at the top of Ashburnham Road where it becomes Longcroft Road and goes up towards Farley Hill. The Lutonian had provided a service via this steep hill for several years but had ultimately withdrawn it through lack of patronage. The flag remains extant and is seen here in September 2016.



Forgotten Bedfordshire Bus Stops - Hibbert Street, Luton

Forgotten Bedfordshire Bus Stops - Hibbert Street, Luton

Hibbert Street in Luton, although close to the town centre and former Bus Garage has not seen a regular service for many years. Originally this road was served by Luton Corporation Trams which passed along here between 1908 and 1932. Latterly Arriva provided a skeleton service before Grant Palmer started operating along here in 2001. When Palmer replaced his vehicle with a new Plaxton Primo in October 2006 the route was changed due to parking issues in Baker Street, although Hibbert Street was never served in this direction by Palmer. They continue to run the local service around here but this now goes via New Town Street and Holly Street. I believe this stop may still be served by one Cardinal Newman school bus per day but I am open to correction. Arriva branded stop flags survived opposite this location and further up until several years ago, this is now the only one left.



A poor substitute

A poor substitute

Recalling the days when a rickety old Leyland National would appear on Green Line service in lieu of something more appropriate, LCNE SNB193 heads out of Luton on the long journey to Crawley, a bum-numbing exercise if ever there was one, although the dual-purpose seating was probably some consolation.

The date was April 1987 and almost everything in this picture at the Guildford Street/Church street roundabout has gone; the factory, car-park (with bus station underneath) and petrol station. SNB193 apparently made it to preservation in 1990 but has not been taxed since, so we can probably assume it's demise as well.

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