East of the M60 Advent Calendar: 20 December 2011

20. A Chesterfield Corporation Northern Counties bodied Leyland Panther

Chesterfield Corporation, Leyland Panther (dual door), Northern Counties body, ENU 93H

Structurally, this Leyland Panther could be mistaken for a Northern Counties bodied Bristol RE. That’s almost right as this Chesterfield Corporation is bodied by Northern Counties, and in a similar livery to SHMD’s. The one exception is the exit door.

Bus Route of Christmas Past: Glazebrook – Farnworth. Operated by Lancashire United Transport, this service operated every half hourly between Cadishead and Farnworth with hourly extensions to Hollins Green to Glazebrook. The route by 1973 acted as a replacement for services from Monton Green and Plodder Lane railway stations. There was no Sunday service. Much of the 20 route is covered by the 100 from Warrington and the 67 from Brookhouse, up to Eccles, and the 22 service from there to Bolton.

Bus Route of Christmas Present: Bus Vannin’s rural circular route from Ramsey via Bride and Andreas. Operating every two hours, it co-works with sister 20A which completes the same journey in reverse direction. Three journeys, for the benefit of schoolchildren, take a slight detour via Point of Ayr, the Isle of Man’s most northerly point.

S.V., 20 December 2011