maidstone and district
Hastings bus Maidstone & District and timetable memories from Sarah Harvey
supplied by Sarah Harvey
Sarah Harvey… I have just acquired this model, probably more for nostalgia and the fact that I caught a lot of local buses like this when I was a kid. The Leyland Atlantean / Metro Cammell in Maidstone & District livery and displaying the Service No. 151. It was introduced in Hastings in 1961. The 151, alongside the 133 was one of the mainstay bus routes serving Hastings. I have also attached a page from the 1964 bus timetable. Not sure the 31 minutes end to end timings could be maintained nowadays Their rough equivalents to day are the 20 and 22 respectively. If you have lived in Hastings much of your life, did you ever catch one of these?
Peter Fairless… That’s brilliant, Sarah
Martin Richter… the 133 – a ha’penny from Bohemia to the town as a nipper (but usually free!)
Geoff Peckham… Being a Bexhillian I rode the 156 or the 157 to and from school from Glyne Gap. My Nan lived in Turkey Rd where they turned round, so I used them to get there, and of course for trips to Hastings or the College. Well found, Sarah. x
Colin Bell… Oh yes, some fond memories here Sarah x
Tony Court-holmes… i loved Fremlins bitter
Paul Phillips… 151 was that the downs farm bus ..i lived Churchill Avenue 133 route and 157
Andy Gunton… Strangest train I’ve ever seen
Sarah Harvey… Oooo train-spotters / bus spotters, all part of the same family of species
Patrick Lewis… 151 and 133 frequently-our life line to downtown Hastings and St Leonard’s.
Sid Saunders… This was the first bus I drove in service at the start of my 34 years in Hastings in 1972.
Marcus de Mowbray… Many journeys between Sevenoaks and Maidstone on those!
Jim Breeds… The 133 from/to King’s Head near to where I lived was my mainstay, but the 151 was a reasonable substitute if I didn’t mind the walk from Down Farm estate to home.
Nigel Sherwood… Used to get 133 from the gas showrooms up to school at Elphinstone
Roger Carey… Living on the Ridge /edge of town, the main bus for us was the 155 circular route- for school and town trips. Remember seeing 133s on trips to Silverhill where my school mate Philip Till lived. Also the 76 which went down the (to me, then) incredibly long St Helen’s Road. In my very young years I thought the song “76 trombones” was about that bus and road!