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North Mymms Pictures From The Past

Chapter Two - Transport

Lewis's Line coach Train Welham Green
Lewis's Cream Line Gilford coach at Mymms Drive, Brookmans Park c.1930 with the proprietor is at the wheel. more
The first train bound for King's Cross from Welham Green at the opening of the station on September 29, 1986.
Saddletank locomotive Flying Scotsman
A Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0 Saddletank locomotive, "London John" at Marshmoor sidings, owned by John Mowlem Industrial Building Contractors with driver, Nobby Smith, August 1972.
Sir Nigel Gresley's A3 locomotive No.4472 Flying Scotsman heading north through Brookmans Park Station on its last journey before leaving for the USA. Note the bell fitted to comply with American regulations. August 31, 1969.
Holloways Lane Rookery junction
The 5pm collection, Holloways Lane, Welham Green, September 1966, note the stamp machine next to the post box.
Rookery junction, Marshmoor before the roundabout was built with a 303A bus turning in to Dixons Hill Road, July 1963.
buses at Nash's Corner Brookmans Park Motors
Early morning buses at Nash's Corner. 303A to New Barnet Station and school bus on the right going to Mardley Hill. May 1966.
Brookmans Park Motors had a small fleet of motor coaches garaged at Bell Bar. The original logo was a leaf with the letters BPM with the rear panel showing two BBC radio masts either side of the company's name. 1960s.
Riding down to Brighton in a charabanc Below: Mr Alec Temple at the levers inside Marshmoor signal box west side of the down line. The box controlled various sidings for the industrial site. July 1967.
Above: Shadbolt and Nash charabanc outing to Brighton (abt. 1927). Front row left to right: George Day, Len Bean, Albert Tyler, Les Nash, Joey Arrow, Charlie Collins, Fred Speary, Jack Wrenn, William Brunt. Back row left to right: Ernie Wren, Harry Allen, Alf Mardell, Cyril Peters, Denis Holland, Joe Day, Jim Chuck, Harry Allen (father), Sid Davis, Mills (driver), Ernie Austen.

One of the songs they sang was ... "Riding down to Brighton in a charabanc. Fifty miles an hour and we don't care a hang. We don't envy those big Rolls-Royces. Singing a song at the top of our voices. Though it shakes your liver up you need not fear. The engines full of petrol and the driver full of beer. Driving down to Brighton in a charabanc."

Inside Marshmoor signal box

Lewis Cream Line Coaches - a local pioneeer
Joe Lewis must have been a man with foresight. From his car hire firm in Potters Bar he started a coach service in 1925 from Brookmans Park to London. By September 1930 he was running eight daily journeys from Mymms Drive to Charing Cross. 1s-3d (7p) single, 2s (10p) return with weekly season tickets Monday to Saturday at 10s (50p). He applied for more journeys and, although backed by Barnet Urban District Council, his application was opposed by Green Line Coaches Ltd and the London & North Eastern Railway. The vehicles were garaged at Hill Rise, Potters Bar. The route was taken over by London Transport in August 1950. Return to pictures

North Mymms Pictures From The Past - Index
Chapter One - Welham Green
Chapter Two - Transport
Chapter Three - North Mymms Park
Chapter Four- Water End
Chapter Five - Public Houses
Chapter Six - Brookmans Park
Chapter Seven - Landmarks
Chapter Eight - Little Heath
Chapter Nine - Farming
Chapter Ten - Bell Bar
Chapter Eleven - People of North Mymms
Chapter Twelve - Marshmoor

Note: ‘North Mymms Pictures From The Past’ is a collection of more than 100 old photographs compiled by the North Mymms Local History Society and published in a new book in October 2002. The society says it is indebted to the following for the use of their photographs. The late Hugh Baddeley and Joan Baddeley, Lilian Caras, the late Pat Clarke, the late Dick and Dorothy Colville, Paul Jiggens, Bill Killick, Ron Kingdon, Joan Knight, Frank H. Meads, Bill Nott, the late George Knott, Margaret A Palmer, Colling Turner, Ron Warner, Ken Wright and the North Mymms Cricket Club. The 62-page book was sold out six weeks after being published.

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