Beyond the lustre and the glitz of Greater Manchester’s WiFi enabled buses, or electric hybrid vehicles, there’s still a fair number of late-20th century vehicles in continued service. Parts of Oldham and a fair chunk of Tameside’s bus routes are operated with vehicles built before the present millennium. Some of which are on routes physically unsuitable for double deckers (the 415 for example, owing to Middleton Junction bridge).
Over the last month, First Greater Manchester has seen some of its Dennis Arrows and older Dennis Dart SLFs replaced by slightly newer models (namely the Marshall bodied Dennis Dart SLFs from South Yorkshire). Some of which have reached Tameside, gainfully employed on the 38, 39, 393 and 346 services. It is the Pioneer Depot Team’s recent acquisition which has inspired this selection of photos.
Whilst the nights are getting longer, sit back, relax, put on a good album of some description and enjoy this selection.
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Hooked on Chassis: Acceptable in the 1990s
That concludes our bumper selection of older buses. Who knows, we might follow this selection up with a Christmas Special. Stay tuned…