Old Photograph Female Bus Conductors Aberdeen Scotland

Old photograph of female Bus Conductors in Aberdeen, Scotland. Until the 1970s and early 1980s, conductors, or clippies, were a common feature of many local bus services in larger towns and cities in England, Scotland and Ireland. Their job was to collect fares and sell tickets on a bus. The main reason a two person crews was needed was that most towns and cities used double-decker buses for urban services. Until the 1960s, all double deck vehicles were built with front mounted engines and a " half-cab " design. This layout totally separated the driver from the passenger saloons. The conductor communicated with the driver using a series of bell codes, such as two bells to start, the well-known " ding-ding. "



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