17/04/2015

Southend in the 1990's - part 3

Today our regular guest blogger Philip Slynn concludes his three part feature Looking back... at buses in the Essex seaside town of Southend in the 1990's, whilst the first two parts of this feature included vehicles operated by Southend Transport this one covers some other bits and pieces that were around in Southend at the time...

Southend 1990's (c) Philip Slynn
First in a livery that has now disappeared in favour of corporate identity is that of Thamesway, and here we have a Leyland Lynx new to Eastern National in 1988, and photographed in 1993 (c) Philip Slynn.

Southend 1990's (c) Philip Slynn
Five years later, the same bus was now under First ownership in a revised livery (c) Philip Slynn.

Southend 1990's (c) Philip Slynn
Another Thamesway vehicle is this Leyland National, in advertising livery for Auto Trader. This was new to Eastern National in 1977 (c) Philip Slynn.

Southend 1990's (c) Philip Slynn
One of the few independents I managed to photograph was this Stephenson of Rochford Leyland Olympian with ECW coach body. It was originally registered YPJ 502Y, when it was new to Thames Valley and Aldershot (c) Philip Slynn.

Southend 1990's (c) Philip Slynn
An unusual vehicle that was passing through was this Ebdons of Sidcup Drogmoller. It was rather a hurried shot as it suddenly appeared. Drogmoller was a German manufacturer that built buses between 1920 and 2005, although from 1995 they were owned by Volvo. This one is a E330 model. There were only 3 Drogmollers registered new in the UK, all new to Bergland of Watford in 1985 and 1986 (c) Philip Slynn.

Many thanks to Philip for the photos and captions included in all three parts of this feature, look out for more of Philip's posts - coming soon!