How clued up are you on your Greater Manchester bus history?
As a bit of light relief from the recent bus posts I thought it would have been a good idea to have had a quiz on all things bus related. For gardeners looking for anything to do with Bill Sowerbutts or Alan Titchmarsh, the spelling of Gardner’s refer to the Salfordian engine company, not the often back breaking hobby. So accept my apologies for expecting this post to feature references to Begonias, Nasturtiums or hardy perennials.
I have split this quiz into two rounds: a GM Knowledge round and a picture round, one with a difference. Without further ado…
Part One: GM Knowledge Round:
1. GM Buses launched their new services with which slogan?
- Leave you in the rain all day;
- Pick you up tomorrow as usual;
- Our bus left yesterday, check your timetable.
2. Which The Who song was adapted for use in their pre-launch advert?
- I Can’t Explain;
- Won’t Be Fooled Again;
- Magic Bus.
3. Which coach company was formed under the name of Trimtrack in 1979?
4. In 1991, which three GM Buses depots closed?
- Weaste, Hindley and Birchfields Road;
- Tameside, Rochdale and Altrincham;
- Northenden, Howe Bridge and Frederick Road.
5. Before moving to Gorton, UK North’s original depot was based where?
6. In 1988, which company competed with GM Buses’ 82 route with a 407 service from Manchester to Denshaw?
- Stotts of Oldham;
- Citibus Tours;
- Central Coaches.
7. In 1984, how were you able to ‘Hound Around For a Pound’?
- With a SaverSeven;
- On a Sunday Rover;
- With four 23p Clippercards.
8. What was so unique about SHMD’s 1968 Daimler Fleetlines?
- Dual door with sliding exit door and narrow entrance;
- Centre loading doors;
- Bodied by a company other than Northern Counties.
9. Which person links Bolton Transport with Manchester City Transport?
- Charles Baroth;
- Tom Dunstan;
- Ralph Bennett.
10. If you boarded the 430 route one Sunday in 1986, where would you be going to?
- Uppermill from Rochdale;
- Oldham from Ashton;
- Shaw from Stalybridge.
Part Two: Picture Round
Unlike most pub quiz picture rounds where you have to name celebrities, this one is totally different. Instead of sitcoms or famous people, we are asking for your knowledge of…
Bus Indicator Layouts.
For the purpose of this round, two marks are awarded for each one. One point is given for identifying the company/municipality/nationalised operator’s indicator layout, Another point is awarded for correctly identifying which vehicle this indicator layout was used on. Happy answering.
S.V., 25 May 2011.