In the third of our series of DVD programmes for the 'Provincial Society', Independent Transport Videos takes a look at the bus scene in Fareham during March 2007 and compares it with scenes shot in March 1987. We are fortunate to have obtained exclusive early footage from local bus enthusiast and well known photographer, Bob Gray. Bob took his camera out for a weekend in March 1987 and recorded plenty of action for us to enjoy. This included a visiting Routemaster, Leyland Nationals in both NBC and post deregulation liveries, new minibuses and the first glimpse of the new 'People's Provincial' livery on Leyland National 35 (LTP 635R).
In March 2007 our cameraman revisited most of the locations that Bob used 20 years earlier. We start with a visit to the site of the former Fareham bus station on West Street before turning to look at the current operation in the new bus station. From there we look at Market Quay roundabout and then continue to Hartlands Road. Twenty years ago Bob made a behind the scenes visit to Hoeford Depot, where we see many buses that have long since disappeared from the streets of Fareham. Continuing our Now & Then theme we come up with a real exclusive! Former Gosport & Fareham 36 (HAA 771E) the last remaining Guy-Duetz with Reading H56R body was tracked down to California U.S.A. by well known 'Provincial' bus preservationist, David Whitaker. David made a visit to America to travel on her and whilst there he captured her on film for us.
Produced by - Independent Transport Videos
Running time - 67 Minutes