Thursday, July 14, 2016

Manchester Transport

The final day of my 'rail roving' for this year took me to Manchester, for the opportunity to ride more of the Metrolink light rail.

Manchester Victoria, now with its new roof and seamless interchange with the trams, is so much improved since my last visit.
This unprepossessing building, an old bus and tram garage, was my destination yesterday. It is Manchester's transport museum, see here.

It was well worth the visit. This is the place for a bus enthusiast!

And more! The list of all the vehicles in the collection is here.

If I had to pick just one? It would have to be this single decker, because of the Scottish connection. This Leyland Tiger PS1was built by W Alexander and Sons, and entered service in 1950. It is here in the Manchester museum to represent the thousands of buses and coaches which visited Greater Manchester from other parts of the country on express services and tours. CWG 206 was retired in 1971.

In this old coach body, there was a fascinating video of Manchester's transport during WW2. Sobering to watch.

This chassis reminded me that my father, as an apprentice with Albion Motors, used to drive such in all weathers.

Looks like a bus, but it is in fact a trolleybus, one of two in the collection. It is a Crossley which entered service in 1950 with Ashton Corporation. Withdrawn 1966.

I was privileged to get a preview of the work being done to restore the inside of the other trolleybus in the collection.

This is JVU 755, Manchester Corporation Transport No 1250, a Crossley Dominion trolleybus, from 1951. And George, one of the friendly and helpful volunteers I met yesterday.

No 1250 has a double axle at the rear, presumably because it is so long.

Yet another great day out!

Photos © Skip Cottage

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