Whenever the topic of London buses comes up on social media, people can’t help but share their memories of their old school journeys.
For some reason, we remember fondly the buses that once took us to and safely homes from school.
Maybe in a way they helped protect us from a crazy world by ferrying us safely around, so we formed an attachment to them.
Or maybe the stuff that went on on them was just so hilarious we just can’t forget it.
From smoking on the top deck and snogging on the back seat, to kids getting bullied and teachers jumping onboard to drag pupils off, usually, the journeys were eventful and totally unruly.
We’ve gathered some of your memories of travelling on the bus to and from school in London and we’d love you to share more with us.
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We spoke to one MyLondon reader who remembers a crazy conductor who shouted at passengers even when they fell over.
Al Marcuccilli was a real fan of travelling on the old Routemaster buses to school.
He loved watching the conductors giving out their tickets and collecting fares.
But he couldn’t believe how totally off the wall the conductor on his school bus was.
Al says: “He would casually warn passengers who were waiting to alight to wait until the bus stops and to use left foot first whilst stepping off.
“Once a lady ignored him and attempted to get off at the bus stop with the bus still moving and with her right foot. She fell on her back.
“The conductor screamed at her ‘I said left foot first you stupid cow’. As a young kid, I was shocked.”
He added: “Routemasters were like a big toy for me. I used to use them to go to school with my sister and because I was so into them, the smell as you get on, the engine, hearing the conductor using his ticket machine etc I used to sit on my own and never with my sister.
“I even used to wait for the 38 as I knew it would always be a Routemaster. The 55 would come along and not a Routemaster and even though would take you to the same location, I waited.”
However crazy that incident seemed, Al quickly learned that this definitely wasn’t the only conductor of his type working on the old buses.
It seems it took some special characters to fulfil this role – but then again it must have been tough to be surrounded by noisy kids all day.
Mark Caucutt, another regular Routemaster passenger, told us: “My friends and I used to club together and buy a huge bag of strawberry or lemon sherbets.
“We were about 13. We’d throw them at pedestrians from the top deck of our Routemaster from The Angel Islington to Dalston in the early ’70s. It was all about the little explosions of sherbet that made people jump.
“Another of my tricks was I’d let off a stink bomb on the 73 to Stoke Newington just as I was to get off at my stop by putting it under my foot as I got out of my seat with my briefcase.
“This would normally be upstairs and some of the liquid would be spread as I walked down the stairs. My poor mates who got off at a later stop would be unawares for a while until getting dirty looks from other passengers thinking it was them.”
Another, Steve Heron, recalls: “I used to sneak upstairs to the front and duck down when the conductor came along. Got away with it most of the time – and an extra shilling for sweets.”
Nic Pike adds: “The 122 from Brockley we used to ride the platform and swing from the pole, great fun for 2p!”
Paul Little wisely adds: “I am not telling you anything – only glad that CCTV was not about in the good old days!”
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