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Limavady Buses (second page)

Limavady used to have 2 bus companies, the Hutchinsons and the Nutts.

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Both companies used to have routes that stretched from Londonderry to Coleraine and Portrush.

This timetable has been lent by George MacAfee.

The front and back pages of a 1926 Nutt's timetable for one of those routes. The fare for the return trip on this total journey was 4/6.

Down in the bottom left corner is their phone number:- 12

Not many phones in Limavady in 1926!




 

Many of the passengers were regulars. There were often times when, if a customer was not at the stop awaiting their early morning bus to work, the driver would leave his vehicle and hammer on that person's door to let them know the bus had arrived.

One section of the inside of the timetable.

But did they stick to the timetable? Willie Hutchinson is the son of Cochrane Hutchinson one of the founder brothers of the company. LISTEN to Willie as he describes how the intense rivalry between the two companies led to the occasional alteration of their arrival times.

By the end of 1928 it was all over. The Nutt company suffered a disasterous fire at their depot and the family moved out of running buses. The Hutchinsons' sold their business to Catherwoods and concentrated on repairing cars.


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