For the ninth part of this series, the foibles of bus seats
In our previous part, we looked at how some bell pushes can be used as an extension of the big bus owning groups’ corporate identity. The same can be true with the look and feel of our bus seats.
Over the last two decades, a typical bus seat has evolved from bench style seating to individual seats. More like mini coach seats with plastic backing. In the UK, our bus seats have moquette, a hardwearing material which not only adds colour, but also covers the cushion. Continue reading “Duffers’ Guide to Bus Operations #9: Bus Seats”→
Our tribute to the man who revolutionised modern bus operation
Cast your mind back to 1968: Greater Manchester’s bus network was on the verge of radical change. In a year’s time, the greens and creams of Salford Corporation and SHMD Joint Board, and the reds and creams of Manchester and Stockport corporations’ undertakings would be replaced by SELNEC’s neutral livery. Its 3 million inhabitants would soon receive modern buses in an orange and white livery. Continue reading “Ralph Bennett: His Life in the Company of Buses”→
The bells were ringing, for me and my bus… in our long awaited eighth part of this series
Ever since John Greenwood’s original bus service ran from Salford to Pendleton in 1824, there has been a way of reminding the driver to stop the vehicle. Firstly, coachmen would announce certain stops along the route for the benefit of its passengers. On trams, a bell code would remind passengers of their stops. This was perpetuated on trolleybuses and standard diesel buses. Continue reading “Duffers’ Guide to Bus Operations #8: Bell Pushes”→
A round-up of some of the greatest non-SELNEC/Greater Manchester Transport double deckers ever to grace the Earth
Regular readers on East of the M60 would be familiar with any of the references to Ralph Bennett (particularly the distinctive Bolton and Manchester Leyland Atlanteans), or the GMT standard double deckers. For this month’s Not So Perfect Ten, we are spreading our wings a little and focusing on groundbreaking vehicles from other parts of the United Kingdom. Both aesthetically and functionally. Continue reading “Great Non-GMT Standard Double Deckers: The Not So Perfect Ten”→
Exploring Greater Manchester’s transport history on a budget
My first visit to this museum was on the Palm Sunday of 1986 with my father. We decided – rather wrong-headedly – to walk to and from the museum. On alighting our 220 bus at Victoria Station, we made the mistake of walking up Rochdale Road. In spite of the longer route which entailed turning left onto Queens Road, I still managed to catch a glimpse of the Red Bank carriage sidings. Continue reading “Go Cheapway to… The Greater Manchester Museum of Transport”→
How Leyland’s revolutionary single decker began 42 years of National service within Greater Manchester
For your maximum enjoyment, this article is best read in conjunction with the Not So Perfect Ten article on Experimental SELNEC and GMT Buses Since 1969. Thank you.
For many people, 1971 meant Decimalisation, hot pants and T-Rex. In the bus world, the orange and white of SELNEC made its presence known throughout today’s TfGM boundaries; in our living rooms, 10 million homes tuned in to the antics of Stan Butler and company in London Weekend Television’s On The Buses. Instead of the fictitious Luxton, Lillyhall was the UK bus industry’s centre of gravity. A legacy that would outlive LWT’s series by several years. Not only on our streets, but also on our railways. Continue reading “EX30 and Beyond: Greater Manchester and the Leyland National”→