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Last updated: 08 September 2019

  Archive/Photograph of the Month  

For this month, there is a special focus on the work of Fred York who was renowned for bus and tram photography from the days of his youth until recently. To reflect the wide scope of his collection, these images show a black and white picture from the late 1960s and a more recent colour view. The hallmark of Fred’s work is the setting. It’s all too easy to capture buses at rest in a bus station or yard. More often than not, Fred’s pictures show the street scene and place the bus in a setting revealing the fashions and street furniture of the time. Although he filmed Regents and Guys from Provincial’s past, Fred maintained his interest and took hundreds of images of Leyland Nationals and Darts as the local fleet changed. He has left a huge legacy of photographs recording the evolution of buses along the Gosport and Fareham roads over the past sixty years. Sadly, Fred passed away on 21 August 2019 on the eve of his 86th birthday. He will be missed by so many people – family, friends and enthusiasts. Fred attended the launch of the Provincial Society in 2002 and was an active stalwart member over the years serving as secretary and events organiser at times on the committee.

From his book: “Buses cannot smile!”, Fred explains that this image is listed amongst his all-time favourites. Called the “Waltzing Guys” by him, it shows two former Southampton Guys operated by Provincial passing at the junction of Rowner Road and Fareham Road at Brockhurst in November 1968.

This Plaxton Pointer 2 bodied-Dennis Dart is seen travelling along Hartlands Road, Fareham. New in September 1998, this is typical of the local fleet for twenty years.


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Latest arrivals at Hoeford - a batch of StreetLites from First South Yorkshire.

63370 seen leaving Fareham this morning on the lengthy 3-1-1-3 circuit of Portsmouth & Southsea.

Photo by Malcolm Audsley 19 Aug 2019


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