Duffers’ Guide to Bus Operations #8: Bell Pushes

The bells were ringing, for me and my bus… in our long awaited eighth part of this series

A row of bell pushes, seen on a First Greater Manchester Optare Solo.
A row of bell pushes, seen on 40321, a First Greater Manchester Optare Solo.

Ever since John Greenwood’s original bus service ran from Salford to Pendleton in 1824, there has been a way of reminding the driver to stop the vehicle. Firstly, coachmen would announce certain stops along the route for the benefit of its passengers. On trams, a bell code would remind passengers of their stops. This was perpetuated on trolleybuses and standard diesel buses. Continue reading “Duffers’ Guide to Bus Operations #8: Bell Pushes”

The Lost Precinct Advent Calendar – #18 DER

What do you think you’re playing at by name checking former Hallé Orchestra conductors? 

The Ad of Christmas Past

DER. Or if you prefer to use its original name, Domestic and Electrical Rentals. The advertisement eschews the ‘do not touch’ approach by encouraging customers to try before they rent! Which in the mid 1980s when this ad came out, was an antithesis to other white goods retailers of the time. Continue reading “The Lost Precinct Advent Calendar – #18 DER”