Traction Tea Break

The dark days of January seemed like a good time to provide some relief in the form of an opportunity for our friends and supporters to gather, chat and drink the traditional drink which has long fuelled bus operations throughout the land. On Saturday 31st January about 40 folk headed for the MidKent College where refreshments had been provided by the College's Catering students. Apart from discussing the latest developments with GKE 68 and the wider project, there was the opportunity to see some of the items from Brian Smith's collection. These have been made available to us by Brian's sister and brother-in-law Jill and John Findlay, and we were very pleased to welcome them along.

Brian's Setright Speed ticket machine, cash bag and waybill wallet 

Brian's Setright Speed ticket machine, cash bag and waybill wallet 

Extract from a Chatham Traction weekly traffic summary from February 1946. The signature is that of District Superintendent Lionel Cronk. The total takings from fares for the first month of 1946 were £16,833 11s 4d. In old money, of course.....

Extract from a Chatham Traction weekly traffic summary from February 1946. The signature is that of District Superintendent Lionel Cronk. The total takings from fares for the first month of 1946 were £16,833 11s 4d. In old money, of course.....

The level of conversation showed that people were taking advantage of the opportunity, and we gained a couple of new friends in the process. Thanks to the College for the arrangements.