Unlike many of their early rivals, Hornsby’s ran more than one vehicle and so needed several drivers. Early drivers included Arthur, Joseph and Frank Hornsby, Mr Skinner and Fred Stones. The nature of the business meant that it was possible for staff to have more than one job and Arthur, Joseph and Frank all worked in the steel industry. Arthur also ran a cycle shop and taxi in Ashby.
Many early buses were one-man operations, but as passenger numbers grew conductors were employed to collect fares and issue tickets. In North Lincolnshire they were known as ‘Duckies’, ‘Clippies’ or ‘Clickies’. In the early 1980s, one-man operation was reintroduced and conductors disappeared from the buses.
Drivers’ hours were not as strictly controlled as they are today and they could often end up working very long days, particularly on excursions. They had to grab snatches of sleep whenever they could, often napping in the bus while the passengers were enjoying their holiday.