Monday, 31 October 2011


Just noticed this not so old bus on the 389 service. It's an oldham depot bus which comes off Maple school and then does a few trips on here. Unusual to see. The other picture is an optare which wouldn't start and ended up getting dragged to depot by this huge tow truck.

Saturday, 29 October 2011


Something just doesn't look right with this 216 in Piccadilly yesterday. Not put my finger on it but something seems a little different. Been a crazy couple of days. The works at droylsden are causing us all sorts of issues for the 216s and 7s. Today was made worse because city were playing a home game so the traffic was worse than ever with some buses taking over an hour to get from Piccadilly to Ashton. I really wished they would hurry up with this stupid tram rubbish. Back Monday in Ashton again for more fun and games.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Monday blues

Just arrived at Chorlton bus station. It's one of our earliest starts and not exactly my favorite. Not enough going on for me and a long way from home. Luckily we can swap our duties just like drivers can but didn't get the chance to on Friday. Not to worry off to owens park later although with it being half term i doubt the excitement will increase. The picture is the police station at chorlton which has now been boarded up. The toilets have also been shut down too so nothing here now apart from a few bus stops.monday morning moans over with. On with the job in hand.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

All Gone

If you saw the smoke then this is whats left of a building that was well alight on Friday evening. I noticed the smoke from the other side of Manchester, and Oldham road was still closed in one direction this morning. I believe First buses are using Rochdale road for the Oldham buses.

Not again!

Had a nice break from work and back now to find road works have returned onto Great Ancoats street. Well, more like cones have returned. This little lot are doing nothing at all apart from jamming the road up at peak times. The actual works are just before you reach this section so i don't see the point of these. Today i'm in Piccadilly on the early and it's pretty quiet at the moment but as with all derby days i'm sure it will be a busy day.

Thursday, 13 October 2011


This was the result of an impact with a car hitting this bus at about 30 mph. It will take a lot to get it fixed but it shows how tough these buses are when they are hit. Am off for a couple of weeks so not many posts and the weather means no bike rides either sadly. I'm back next friday. Not sure how this picture will look, it was sent by a friend at Ashton.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Ashton Metrolink

This is the new Metrolink station at Ashton. Obviously a long way to go but the foundations have been laid and I'm sure it will start rising from the ground very soon. The track laying is Ashton is cracking on too. Shame it isn't so quick in Droylsden.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011


This dart on a school service run by M travel comes into the bus station every day. Sadly someone didn't check the spelling of it's destination lol. In ashton again today although it's going cooler now so the fleece will be out tomorrow i think.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Another Gem

This is another Little Gem leaflet from the late 80s. This time the 168. Got loads of these timetables from a friend at work. Still find it so interesting to see what was running then and how things are now.Don't want to overdo it though and bore everyone with them. But since not much happening where i have been thought i would post a few more.
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These have been supplied by Richard Grenfell who is always interested in any pictures you may have, new or old. He can be emailed directly at