Old Bus Tickets

Weightmans and Simpsons – T.I.M.

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These were issued in 1963 and 1964 respectively on separately owned buses which travelled the same route. Weightmans and Simpsons were shown as "Keswick-Borrowdale Bus Service" in the Cumberland Motor Services timetable (which also shared the route). I suspect that both were one-man-band owner/operators. Both vehicles were classic Bedford OB’s with Duple coach bodies. The service started from Keswick Market Place (not the bus station) and ran down the east side of Derwent Water to Ashness, Lodore, Grange-in-Borrowdale, and Seatoller.
It was very heavily used during the hiking season, and I recall a long queue being left behind at Grange one evening, when the little 29-seater hurtled past heading for Keswick, full to the gunwales, and with at least 5 standing. Fortunately for our aching legs we all spotted, far out on the lake, one of the Derwent Water launches that provide an alternative public transport service.
Sorry Mr Simpson’s machine wasn’t very well inked!

Photograph and Copy contributed by Stephen Ford