The second part of our Down Our Streets serialised photo special
For our next part, there seems to be a bit of a Hydonian and Dukinfeldian theme. We were surprised to see how much of Dukinfield is a happy hunting ground for Tameside Garage’s directional signs.
Stand by for part two.
21 and 22. Park Road, Hyde (southbound)
Two ages of GMT and GM Buses direction signs, seen at the junction of Park Road and Lodge Lane. Whereas the 389 service used to operate from Marple to Stalybridge and Ashton, its part route counterpart, the 388, terminated at Gee Cross. Today, there is no 388 and the 389 terminates at Hyde bus station. The 388’s – later the 389’s – Gee Cross section – is part of today’s 343 route on Sundays, evenings and Bank Holidays.
23 and 24: Lord Street, Ashton-under-Lyne
Continuing the theme of the previous plaques, our second one reminds us of the short lived Ashton Mini Lyne era. In the run-up to deregulation, it was among a number of local brands for GMT minibus routes. ‘Ashton Mini Lyne’ plus other names like ‘Chaser’ and ‘Hopper’ would be superseded by ‘Little Gem’ in February 1987. The A5 replaced the 334 service via Turner Lane.
25. Turner Lane, Ashton-under-Lyne
26. Cranbourne Road, Ashton-under-Lyne
27 and 28: Cranbourne Road, Ashton-under-Lyne
29 and 30: Turner Lane, Ashton-under-Lyne
31: Yew Tree Lane, Dukinfield (westbound)
32: Yew Tree Lane, Dukinfield (eastbound)
33: Yew Tree Lane, Dukinfield (southbound)
34: Yew Tree Lane, Dukinfield (westbound)
35; Cheetham Hill Road, Dukinfield (northbound)
36. Cheetham Hill Road, Dukinfield (southbound)
Seen beside the stop closest to The Golden Phoenix chippy and The Lodge Hotel.
37 and 38: Gorse Hall Road, Dukinfield
39: Lodge Lane, Dukinfield (eastbound)
40: Boyd’s Walk, Dukinfield
41: Lyne Edge Road, Dukinfield.
Appropriately for our 41st image, one along today’s 41 service. This was used to direct the 388 service towards Hyde and Gee Cross.
42: Lyne Edge Road, Dukinfield (Southbound)
The second mobile image, this time a second generation orange plaque with expanded text kerning for the numbers. Also evidence of fading where the rightward arrow was placed.
This one and the previous image was photographed with my mobile phone. What was more difficult was trying to take the pictures whilst having my Jack Russell Terrier in tow. No easy feat; keeping an eye on the dog whilst trying not to blur your shot!
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Part Three: Milling Around Mossley
The third part of our Bus Plaque Attack covers to a greater extent Mossley and surrounding area. Which, as we had found was a happy hunting ground for the first generation orange plaques.
S.V., 28 July 2015.