Returning this summer….

The Vintage Bus will be returning for Summer 2018 from 28th July to 2nd September, Monday, Tuesday, Saturday & Sundays only

Please note the Vintage Bus will not be running for Easter or May Half Term during 2018

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Meet the conductors!

Tony Mills

I have always been interested in transport, as a lad it was busses and trains and then I discovered aeroplanes and girls, much more interesting.  After leaving school I was able to join the RAF and train as a pilot.  I flew Vulcans, Canberras and also as an instructor teaching RAF and RN pilots to fly.  A change in direction took me into commercial aviation where I flew Boeing 707,737 and757s as a Captain for Monarch Airlines.  On retirement I joined the Kent ad East Sussex Railway as a volunteer, where I spent 15 years as a Guard.  I have now gone full circle to being a conductor on a bus, something that I am finding enjoyable and rewarding.

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Chris Holgate

Chris has lived in Sevenoaks since he was 6 months old and after a working career as a book designer for a London publisher he took “early retirement” (redundancy) in 1997.

Needing to be active and try something different, he worked as a painter and decorator for a short time and then became co-ordinator for Volunteer Transport in Sevenoaks.  He worked as a volunteer for the National Trust at Knole and Bateman’s and as an odd-job man at Stag Theatre.

But he says “The best volunteering job I have ever done is conducting on the Routemaster – she brings out the best in all who see or ride on her and engenders a smile – what more could you want?”

Feel free to wave to the No.7 in the High Street during the summer – I guarantee you’ll get a wave back!bus-conductor


 

Lisa Boyle

My name is Lisa and I am a self confessed bus nut.

I love vintage vehicles especially busses, VW’s and 60’s plus cars and vans.  The more rust and clapped out engine noises the better.

One of my main hobbies is to travel around to the local bus rallies and motor shows.

If I am on duty I can give you the dates of the local shows and some useful information.

I love being a volunteer bus conductor,  I like to see the passengers reactions and  getting to know them.

I pride myself on being as authentic as I possibly can be.

Although I cannot  stop smiling inside when the engine starts to roar and when I get to shout hold tight please, ding ding.

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Ian Paterson

Ian joined the small volunteer vintage bus conductor group in 2014, having just early retired after 9 years as a Community Rail project Officer for the Kent Community Rail Partnership.

He has had a life long interest in public transport and has held a bus drivers licence since 1985, driving for many of the smaller bus companies in Kent. He has also in the past owned two of his own buses, one of which was the last open platform bus with Boro’line Maidstone which he drove in its last years of use. Ian is now employed part time by the Kent Life Farm Museum near Maidstone and also with his wife looks after the station garden at Maidstone West Station on a voluntary basis.

In his spare time he also enjoys UK wide travel and walking.Whilst living some way from Sevenoaks the attraction to him of the Sevenoaks Vintage Bus project was the nostalgia of being able to once more conduct on a Routemaster bus – having both driven and conducted on one in the 1980s between Maidstone and Tenterden as well on Maidstone town routes

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Darryl Ransom

Darryl Ransom is now on his second season as one of our volunteer conductors. He is a former sales rep for the locally based Geographers’ A-Z Map Company and has taken early retirement. In the past year he has joined his local Co-op store in Borough Green, raised money for the British Legion Poppy Appeal by performing five readings of Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Private Peaceful’, in soldier’s uniform and appeared twice as a Dame on stage with Borograds in Borough Green in two separate pantomimes.

He has even supplied his own conductors jacket. ‘A throwback to the heady days of the 1980s when they were all the rage.’ says Darryl. ‘People would always ask me when the next bus was due. It has been in the wardrobe all these years.’

There’s irony for you!

Darryl is seen here with Mr. Ivan Samson, one of our visitors to the area taken last year.

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