History. The shed was built slightly to the west of the current Mexborough station on land between the River Don and the River Don Navigation. www.ipernity.com/doc/davidslater. Photograph and Copy contributed by Don McKeown. 11 Comments. Lurking in the back streets by Victoria Coach Station in 1961 and by then owned by a contractor is former Lancashire United Transport No.116, CTF 425, a Leyland TS8 of 1938 fitted with Roe DP30F bodywork. Being a bus nut, I grabbed the front seat armed with my British Bus Fleets volumes much to the amusement of the crews. Facebook. During the second world war, the company received many Guy 'Arab' buses to meet the needs of expanded war factories in its area. Those companies that tried to develop their services would project a far more user friendly attitude than would the stick in the mud ‘buses only’ type. The next deliveries included Weymann DP Guys and Roe DPs on Atkinson Alpha chassis. I’m going to leave a rebuttal to Roger Cox’s evaluation of ‘Avashot and Riskit versus Thames Valley. Comment by: Garry on 2nd February 2017 at 20:18 Foden bus with gardner 180 without turbo. They did have long service lives however and spent a lot of their time on the long Tyne-Tees-Mersey service which in pre-motorway days must have been an arduous trek. logo image Wright Eclipse 2 bodied Volvo B7RLE in Bolton in April 2012 Parent companyTransdev Blazefield FoundedApril 2001 HeadquartersBlackburn Service typeBus services Routes18 (October 2013) HubsBlackburn Fleet97 (October 2013) Chief executiveJohn Threlfall Web sitewww.lancashirebus.co.uk Certainly in rural areas, the closing of the Dormy Sheds was the thin end of a very nasty wedge. I’m not sure whether people at the pointy end, conductors and later/now drivers, were ever told to project a friendly manner towards their passengers, although I do recall helpfulness towards the frailer members of society and children, like helping them up and down from high rear platforms. The first underfloor engined coaches were very sturdy looking centre entrance Roe bodied Guys which arrived in the black & red livery with brightwork (which was soon changed). LUT bucked the trend with its coach purchases. B&M Retail Limited Registration Number: 1357507 VAT Number: GB 673 583601 Company Formed: 14 March 1978 Contact Address: The Vault, Dakota Drive, We were regular travellers in the early sixties from Newcastle to Lymm Church, usually in summer. It had very comfortable coach seating so a smooth journey was ensured. Among my milder teenage dislikes were tin fronts, Orion bodies and (almost) all-over red liveries, but none of these three features detracts from the magnificence of this vehicle. It was the largest independent bus operator in the United Kingdom until its acquisition by the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive in 1976. Lancashire United Transport 1938 Leyland Tiger TS8 Roe DP30F ... 43 was one of three of this batch allocated to Swinton Depot in the early 70’s (of the batch of ten) I have always thought that LUT gave this body order to MCW as a means of keeping NCME’s prices keen, as LUT were making yearly purchases of Arabs. UK SCRAP LADS. Sincere thanks to all that preserve and maintain Guy Arabs! No need to register, buy now! The straight inward taper of the body sides gave the result a pin headed appearance exacerbated by the deep lower deck/shallow upper deck windows, and the crudity of the front/rear domes. Guy was the staple manufacturer for double deckers but they also had some late model Arab coaches and single deck buses from Atkinson. By 1926, the bus fleet had reached the total of 100 operating over 21 routes. Unfamiliar with all the variants on the Orion theme, I don’t know whether this example was significantly lighter than the NCME bodies and therefore chosen to help fuel consumption, as well as for the interesting reason Mike Norris gave: reminding NCME that they weren’t the only fish in the sea! Oct 4, 2018 - Lancashire United Transport Depot in Partington Lane, Swinton mid 1960's Discover (and save!) My last trip from Lymm was in a Northern F registered Leopard with, I think, a Willowbrook bus body. I can confirm the arduousness of the X97 in pre motorway days. Most of my 25 years were spent in the coach side of things where the general focus was on the passenger and the experience they had. The company was founded in 1905 as Lancashire United Tramways Ltd to assume operation of the South Lancashire Tramways tram system, which had run into financial difficulties. Page 56, 746-60, Reliance/Willowbrook, slightly better moulded seats, no head restraint. Buy this image. Presumably this bus had the 6LX engine. Find the travel options that best suit you. The livery shown here is very bus-like, the original livery with "brightwork" was much more coach like. The company continued to operate routes in South Lancashire until purchased by Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive in 1976. This was quite a common event when the service car was filled with passengers for Newcastle. In between times, and thereafter, NCME continued to be favoured with orders for bodies and Guy predominated with Daimler later picking up some Fleetline orders which, had the Wulfrunian lived up to its billing, would not have been built. The Winter 1969/1970 timetable shows the departure at 0840 arriving 1618. Both these timetables, plus others from 1932 and 1972 including the vehicle/crew diagram for 1972, may be viewed on my Ipernity album covering the ‘Tyne-Tees-Mersey’ subject. Foden bus. They were unusual for a Lancashire based operator in having no PD2’s and had only one batch of PD3’s bought at a time when Guy was having financial difficulties and the Arab was withdrawn from the market for a time. Sentinels, Atkinson Alphas, Dennis UFs and Seddons and others come to mind, but at the time I found them a bit unappealing in comparison with halfcabs like this magnificent Roe-bodied Guy and the equally superb Leyland PS1 in the next posting. Read more. Ozymandias . Obviously Oakham did not share his former boss’s antipathy to the Orion. One could be charitable, Chris, and blame the change on a nostalgic wish? Back. 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