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 In 1997, limited stop status was discontinued with the service in that form withdrawn in 2004.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

East of the M60 Advent Calendar: 06 December 2011

6. A creative use or abuse of a MCW Metrobus indicator? Judge for yourself.

MCW Metrobus, SND 120X, GM Buses, Greater Manchester Museum of Transport

Manchester United fans will be in no hurry to forget the scoreline of this particular match. For the 6th December we have Mark Amis’ lovingly preserved MCW Metrobus, seen at the Greater Manchester Museum of Transport’s Deregulation 25 event. His bus [5120], and fellow GM Buses stablemate 1466 (preserved by Dave Birchall, not seen in this picture) used the numerical indicator to display the scoreline of the Manchester Derby.

Greater Manchester Transport’s MCW Metrobuses compensated for the delivery delays which affected their order for another integral bus: the Leyland Titan. Instead, they turned to Washwood Heath, with 189 others and this fellow built between 1979 and 1983. This beauty was a regular on the 236 and 237 routes, working from Tameside and Glossop depots. It is Mark’s nostalgia for this vehicle and similar examples which led him to preserve a MCW Metrobus and opt for the 1991 version of the GM Buses livery. Most definitely a good choice.

Bus Route of Christmas Past: Manchester – Ashton-under-Lyne – Glossop. SHMD’s route offered a limited stop service between Lower Mosley Street Coach Station to Glossop, following much of the present day 236 service. Following the closure of that station, its terminus was shifted to Deansgate Station, entering Piccadilly Gardens via Albert Square. It was renumbered 236 in 1973 operating a half hourly service. In 1978, half of its journeys were rerouted via Hadfield and Tintwistle and renumbered 237 to reflect this.

Bus Route of Christmas Present: Once more, we turn to Birmingham for inspiration for our BRofCP. This time, Travel West Midlands’ 6 route from Birmingham to Solihull. It is one of three 6 services operated by National Express owned subsidiary. The service operates every 5 – 10 minutes throughout the daytime with a more modest 12 – 20 minute frequency service on Sundays, Bank Holidays and evenings.

S.V., 06 December 2011