East of the M60 Advent Calendar: 13 December 2011

13. A Salford City Transport Metro-Cammell bodied Leyland Titan PD2/40

The 13 to Agecroft

By 1966, Salford City Transport reaped the benefits of Charles Baroth’s earlier reign at Frederick Road by having smartly turned out green and cream buses with a reputation for excellent reliability. Their 1966 Leyland Titan PD2/40 marked an end of an era as subsequent orders were one-man-operated vehicles. Among those to follow were Mancunian style Leyland Atlanteans, bodied by Metro-Cammell and Park Royal, featuring Salford’s two piece indicator layout.

Bus Route of Christmas Past: Manchester (Stevenson Square) – Delph – Uppermill. North Western Road Car Company’s 13 service was one of three limited stop services from Manchester to Saddleworth (the other two were the 10 and 14). Following SELNEC’s absorption of NWRCC routes within its confines, the 13 was renumbered 183 with its sister routes allocated 180 and 184. In 1997, limited stop status was discontinued with the service in that form withdrawn in 2004. By then, an expanded 350 covered the 183 route, which also replaced the 352 and 355 routes in Mossley and Greenfield.

Today’s 183 was reallocated to a short route from Grotton to Hollinwood (replacing the 427). That too has been curtailed to operate between Oldham and Limeside, co-working with the 350.

Bus Route of Christmas Present: Stagecoach has an impressive network of medium to long distance services from Eastbourne to Margate courtesy of its Hastings and East Kent subsidiaries. The 13 from Canterbury to Walmer (Telegraph Road) is no exception. Operating every hour it also takes in Deal and Sandwich. Sister route 13A supplies the Sunday and Bank Holiday service.

Photograph courtesy of Gene Hunt, 30 June 2007 (Creative Commons Attribution License)

S.V., 13 December 2011