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Bryans double decker

Posted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:44 am
by junior
I have seen a few Double Decker pushers, none seem to have the same buses in them. What was the advert on the side of the bus when sold by Bryans? And was there a green bus and a red bus originally in these machines? Maybe, depending on year, the advert changed.

Re: Bryans double decker

Posted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:33 am
by treefrog
Would it not be whatever matchbox left on the model out of the box? !PUZZLED! What is odd is you often see the pushers with later buses that were not around at the time. Also surely they should be set in opposite directions, again often not left like that. I also thought it had been mentioned they had brass wheels to last better, but never seen ones with brass.

Re: Bryans double decker

Posted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:34 am
by pennymachines
Bryans buff, Melvyn Wright, shows the various types of Lesney "Matchbox" buses used (including the brass wheels) on his Double Decker page.

First there was the No. 5 red Routemaster with BP Visco-Static advert:

Routmaster.jpg

Then the No. 74 green Daimler with Esso Extra Petrol advert:

Daimler.jpg
And some have the No. 74 Superfast red Daimler with the same advert:

Superfast.jpg
They should travel in opposite directions. There are end stop adjustments on the two tracks so the buses just reach the ends without hitting them (rarely set correctly). To quote from my piece on mini pushers:
The Lesney "Matchbox" red Routemaster or green Daimler double decker buses which ran on tilting tracks to create the eye-catching theme of the game, clocked up hundreds of miles, before the "Superfast" friction free Londoner buses came into service in 1972.
As TF says, they were sold with whatever Matchbox buses were available at the time (bought in bulk). Jim Bryan still had a stash of boxed green Daimlers in the 1990s (I bought two). I guess operators may have replaced clapped out older buses with the 'friction-free' Superfasts.