Long-term reader and contributor MARTIN CURTIS gives an account of his lifelong interest in buses, both the vehicles and the magazine

I bought my first copy of BI in March 1965, which included a view of Bristol Omnibus Atlantean 7998 (VAM 944), formerly with Silver Star, leaving Bristol Bus Station. This view shows the same bus in the same location during October 1963.

Having been interested in buses all of my life – with most of this period spent actively engaged in the bus and coach industry – Buses magazine (or Buses Illustrated as it was originally known) has always been there, punctuating passenger transport industry events and developments at every stage.

I was brought up in the Bristol suburb of Brislington, a focal point of which included the steeply graded Sandy Park Road, with a diverse range of shops located on either side, including two newsagents. The smaller of these was Townsends’ where sweets and tobacco were sold on one side while on the other was a window display and counter position which was covered in a wide range of magazines covering all kinds of subjects. It was here I first noticed copies of Buses Illustrated (BI).

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