METHOD 2 - Simple numbering
In about 1915 a simple system of numbering each bus began.
The numbers 1 – 1000 were used and the system worked such that numbers were recycled and used more than once when a vehicle was replaced. In the early days sometimes the registration number was also used more than once. This would occur mainly when a body was re-used with a new chassis or even vice versa.
Examples of numbers being re-cycled :-
The number ‘1’ was used four times (FM1436, FM2622, FM2841, EY3133)
The number ‘2’ six times (FM387, FM1437, FM2623, FM2842, EY3301, LH9432)
The number ‘89’ four times (FM2476, FM2857, EY3584, GJ8075) and
The number ‘90’ four times (FM2477. FM2858. EY3585. JC690)
The number ‘13’ was never used. Initially it was simply missed but for the vehicles FM2849 and FM5243 both carried the fleet number ‘AC’. Signifying A=1 and C=3.