ALAN MILLAR salutes the vehicle recording achievements of the PSV Circle which has reached a landmark with the publication of its 1,000th set of monthly news sheets, and delves into the history of how they have been compiled, produced and distributed

The PSV Circle’s monthly news sheets are an indispensable feature of many readers’ lives, a definitive source of accurate recording of the movement of buses, coaches and minibuses in, out and within major, minor and even non-PSV fleets.

They also are one of the key sources we consult at Buses when compiling our Fleet News sections — especially for England, Wales and Scotland — and even if you do not yet subscribe to them, you will be familiar with the alphanumerical method of describing the layout, seating capacity, door positions and added extras of bus bodies that the PSV Circle devised decades ago and which most of us follow today. Such is our awareness of the respective meanings of H44/34F, C57FLt or L27/26RD that I have heard queuing enthusiasts describe a building’s frustratingly inadequate single occupant toilet cubicle as a B1F.

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