GoBus driver Nathan Scott enjoys transporting the Mosgiel
community. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Bus driver Nathan Scott (57) has been transporting
passengers around the ''Mosgiel loop'' for nearly five years.
In a working day, he drives a bus around the Mosgiel circuit 19
times between 8am and 4pm.
The bus passengers made his work enjoyable.
''I like all the people - I know all the people on my bus by
name,'' Mr Scott said.
''I have about five Margarets and three Dorys, two Johns.
''There's more and I know them all by name and some of them,
I know the names of their family and I've never met them.''
He often talked about family life with passengers and
sometimes their adult children came on the bus to meet him.
''One guy talked to me about his family and I met his family
after he died. They told me their father talked about me and
I always talked about him - we were mates on the bus.''
He considered his passengers ''mates'' and the bus was a
''little social network''.
''Facebook on a bus.''
Although he was raised in Texas and spent 25 years in
Seattle, he had lived in Mosgiel for 14 years with his ''Kiwi
He had never regretted making the move.
''Mosgiel is just like Seattle, the terrain is the same, the
weather is the same. The grey clouds remind me of Seattle.''
Friendships could be created easily in Mosgiel.
''Even though Mosgiel is growing, it still has the family
Although he hoped he would not be driving buses when he was
eligible for a Gold Card, he would miss it.
''I did try and get away from it once - I was away for a
month and a half and I missed it - I missed the people.''