Saturday 20 April 2024

Manchester 200 Years of the Bus (1824 to 1940 Event)

Manchester Carriage & Tramways Company 1890 horse bus L2 and horse tram L53
200 years ago in 1824, Salford toll keeper John Greenwood began running a horse bus service between Pendleton and Manchester. The Manchester Museum of Transport are celebrating 200 years of bus services in Britain by holding several events throughout the year. The first event, celebrating the years 1824 to 1940, took place over the weekend of the 20th & 21st of April. The bus museum in Boyle Street had been rearranged to display a collection of buses that pre-dated 1940, with some visiting vehicles also in attendance. A heritage bus service operated between the museum and Salford on both days, where a couple of Salford City Transport buses were on display. A shuttle bus service was also in operation between the museum and Shudehill Interchange in the centre of Manchester.

Manchester Corporation 28, a 1930 Leyland Tiger TS2 with Vulcan (Southport) bodywork

Manchester Corporation 2150, a 1949 Crossley DD42/8S with Crossley bodywork
Manchester Carriage & Tramways Company horse tram L53 with an Eades Patent reversible truck, built in the 1880s
Lancashire United 202, a 1930 Leyland Lion LT1 with Roe bodywork, on loan from a Lincolnshire museum
Ribble Motor Services 295, a 1927 Leyland Lion PLSC1 with a replica Leyland body built in 1982
Ashton Corporation 8, a 1928 Karrier WL6 with English Electric bodywork
North Western Road Car Co 432, a 1939 Bristol K5G with 1952 Willowbrook lowbridge bodywork
Salford Corporation 235, a 1939 AEC Regent with Park Royal bodywork
North Western 270, a 1946 Bristol L5G with 1952 Willowbrook bodywork
Salford 254, a 1966 Leyland Titan PD2/40 carrying SELNEC fleet numer 3100, heading for display in Salford
Lytham St Annes 24, a 1934 Leyland Lion LT5A built as a demonstrator for Leyland Motors
North Western 224, a 1947 Leyland Titan PD2/1 with Leyland lowbridge bodywork
Bolton Corporation 77, a 1956 Leyland Titan PD2/13 with Metro-Cammell body on the Shudehill shuttle service

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