A bus, yes, but not as we know them to­day

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Hold the horses!

This photo of the orig­i­nal Ti­tahi Bay to Porirua ‘‘bus’’ shows what a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence a ride on a Mana Coach Ser­vices bus was early last century.

With all the de­bate these days about cars ver­sus pub­lic trans­port, think back to the days when buses were a lot less avail­able and com­fort­able.

Jack Jil­lett ran a reg­u­lar ser­vice be­tween Porirua Rail­way Sta­tion and Ti­tahi Bay.

The ser­vice be­gan in the late 1880s, and was started by Wil­liam Jil­lett, then op­er­ated by Her­bert Jil­lett. The bus was es­sen­tially a wagon with benches for sit­ting on and can­vas sides. It could carry up to 16 pas­sen­gers. A Porirua res­i­dent re­called that in bad weather the can­vas sides would be rolled down.

The Ti­tahi Bay Road didn’t ex­ist un­til the early 1960s.

Be­fore that the road ran along the beach­front and was de­scribed as ‘‘quite boggy’’.

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