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The blind colours, introduced in 1934, that were still being used in 1961 and beyond, were as follows: • green background with white letters, • red background with white letters, • yellow background with black letters/or yellow background with white letters • blue background with white letters, where no colours were used, then normal, white on black screens were used.
There were only five main services inside the city boundary so they had them all covered (in colour)! Unusual to use the first letter of the street name as a suffix.
Stuart Emmett I believe that Bournemouth Corporation sometimes used coloured blinds for certain routes or occasions.
I am only going on long-term memory, but I think the destination roll had some places in a colour (not all), and later buses had a second number aperture – this too sometimes used a coloured display.
Doncaster CT ran two trolleybus routes on the eastern side, one to Beckett Road and one to Wheatley Hills.
The two buses always ran together, nose to rear through the town centre until, I assume, the routes divided.
Latterly, Bolton used a three-track number display alongside two destination displays: one was white-on black to display the outer terminus, and one was white-on-green to display the inner terminus (usually "Bolton", even though there were different termini within the town). Many of the London sightseeing companies have used coloured blinds to differentiate on which tour/feeder service the bus is employed – and this has carried forward into the digital era. In August 1955 London Transport introduced a peak period (the Sat service only lasted a year) 130 Express service between New Adddington and East Croydon, later West Croydon, and this ran until replaced by the C1 and C2 in 1970.
The inward blinds had originally been red, until the Chief Constable of Lancashire/Bolton Borough police pointed out that it was illegal to display a red light to the front of a road vehicle. I’ve got a late listing for a coloured Barrow blind – I’ll post it here, if I can find it . The blinds on these services carried white lettering on a blue background.
Didn’t LT, early ’70s, use blue blinds for "limited stop" services (615, Poplar – St Paul’s; 616, Oxford Circus[? Burnley & Pendle used blue blinds, certainly in the 80s – they were thought to reduce glare and make the white lettering more visible at night-time. However, I recall some United Bovas running on National Express duties with red destination blinds.
Shout if you want me to list the accompanying "via" blind . I also seem to recall the 10 deckers from 1961 did not have coloured blinds and after 1961, then single deckers mainly â€œruledâ€ and without coloured blinds.
Meanwhile, in 1955 there had been changes to the routes/colours and for example, the ‘red’ Hawcoat now went to Newbarns and the ‘red’ Shore now went to Rainey Park; so, both the new destys of Newbarns and Rainey Park were then black and white. such as Dockyard, or were shorts to common destinations that were shared with other coloured blinds routes (so the use of a colour could be confusing) or, were the two non-City longer routes to Ulverston (that were not former tram routes and not in the coloured blind scheme).
I would indeed be pleased to see ‘your full set of 12 vias’ = thanks in advance Phillip Stuart, the "via" blind list is: via Teesdale Road, via Blake St [sic[, via Devonshire Road, via Town Centre [sic], via Farm Street, via Dalton.
via Roa Island, via Coast Road, via Abbey Road, Cellophane [sic], Ship Inn [sic], via Holker Street, via Ramsden St [sic], via Greengate St [sic].