East of the M60 on today’s heritage bus trip around Dukinfield
Today’s 41 service from Ashton-under-Lyne to Dukinfield [Tennyson Avenue] is a compromise between the former 339 and 340 services. They were hitherto operated by Greater Manchester Transport and its forerunners. Before 1973, they were part of the 10, 10A and 10B services to Yew Tree Lane/Lyne Edge Crescent. Seen below is how the routes varied according to S.H.M.D’s May 1967 timetable:
- 10: via Inverness Road and Dewsnap Lane;
- 10A: via Boyd’s Walk, Armadale Road and Dewsnap Lane;
- 10B: via Boyd’s Walk, Lodge Lane and Gorse Hall Road.
Along part of the 10 and 10B routes was today’s tour from Dukinfield Town Hall of which there was six journeys. I boarded four of them and sat at various parts of the bus. On my last journey I sat at the front facing backwards, just to hear the Gardner 6LW engine in full belt.
VTU 76, a centre loading Daimler CVG6 in the care of David Jones (housed at the Keighley Bus Museum) made its return to Dukinfield for the first time since 2010 (seen on a reenactment of the 4/4A services). Also its first run along the 10 route since 2000. As of previous, Councillor Brian Wild assumed the role as conductor. Fellow Dukinfield councillors John Taylor and Jackie Lane were also present.
The first three journeys saw most of the bus’ 58 seats filled. She was slow starting on her first trip, though took the second and third in her stride (which too had near capacity loads). Her fourth journey saw VTU 76 making lighter work of Fir Tree Lane. In greater comfort than some of today’s vehicles seen on Dukinfield’s bus routes.
It was a joyous day that saw numerous photographers line the route to capture VTU 76. There was fantastic local support and the presence of a few enthusiasts from exotic parts of Greater Manchester like Oldham and Ashton. Yours truly was hoping to capture one of 76 next to a 330 or 41. Neither synchronised with VTU 76 denying me of a ‘past and present’ shot (oh well, there’s always Photoshop).
Now for the pictures…
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S.V., 30 August 2014.