The Anonymous Widower

The Smart Conductors

Our New Routemasters on route 38 have conductors. And a smart bunch, they are in more ways than one!

Today the conductor, when I went to Piccadilly was particularly smart, with her black hair piled professionally on her head, an immaculate uniform and highly polished shoes.

They all wear name badges and some badges show flags to indicate their language skills. We certainly have French, Turkish and Italian speakers on the route.

My father’s friend, Fay, always said that being a conductor on the buses, during the Second World War was the making of her, as it helped her overcome her shyness.

Let’s hope our conductors on route 38 go on to make real successes of their lives. Just like Fay did!

August 20, 2014 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | ,


  1. I rather hope some of the conductors from the old 38 Routemasters reappear. But one a few weeks ago who would (I imagine) still have been a schoolboy when the old buses were running wished me a very good day in the most charming manner when I got off. Small things like that can really make your day!

    Comment by R | August 21, 2014 | Reply

  2. Today, I got on a bus at Mildmay Park to go to the Angel and sat in one of the four seats. Opposite me, was a sixteen-or-so old girl, who put her feet on the seat.

    When the conductor got on, a stop later, the girl decided she’d better put her feet on the floor.So if conductors impose better behaviour that’s another reason for them!

    Comment by AnonW | August 21, 2014 | Reply

  3. You cannot replace the feeling of wellbeing that a conductor creates for a traveller.

    As a former Hackney resident I have very happy memories of the lovely 38 real routemaster bus conductors including of course Duke Baysee – heres his local video

    Comment by Robin | November 10, 2015 | Reply

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