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G is for Green and Gold

Green and Gold

A 1970’s Greenline Coach stands beside a modern Arriva Southern Counties bus.   The Greenline Coach is an AEC Reliance with Park Royal bodywork whilst the Arriva vehicle is a Volvo B7RLE with Wright Eclipse bodywork.   Despite the 30 years difference in ages between the vehicles the Reliance still looks relatively modern.   However, a ride on each vehicle soon demonstrates the changes in the intervening period.   The Reliance has a harsh ride and the body flexes noticably.  The seats are less well contoured for passenger comfort.   There is no provision for disabled persons either with steep steps at the entrance and a high level floor above the mid-mounted engine.  On the Volvo, the engine is mounted at the rear allowing a low floor.  It can kneel at the front to make the step onto the platform easier for the elderly and the rear doors have a wheelchair ramp.   So, those are some of the key changes to buses over the last 30 years in the UK.   Of course (from an enthusiast’s point of view) the modern bus does lack a quality sound system… Nothing beats the ear-splitting roar of an AEC AH691 engine at full chat 😉   

Kodak Six-20 Brownie Junior
Kodak Six-20 Brownie Junior

Only a small step removed from the simplicity of a pin-hole camera, Kodak’s Brownie cameras brought photography to the masses.   The design of the Six-20 Brownie Junior dates to 1934 and it remained in production until 1938.   It is somewhat ironic that I found this one in a local charity shop on the very day that Kodak filed for bankruptcy protection in the USA 😦   The background is formed by an Ekco A160 Radio dating to 1953.