Our bus journey down the years
IN this week’s Memory Lane, we take a look back at Haslingden buses down the years.
Our regular nostalgia contributor Peter Fisher has sent us a selection of pictures of public transport through the decades, from as early as 1910 up to 1974.
We have shots of the bus drivers, the end of the tram service and the start of buses operating on the town’s streets.
The first image of the week (Picture 1) shows an early 12-seater bus, new in 1910, which was withdrawn in 1920.
Picture 2 shows the Leyland Titan at Rawtenstall Bus Station.
It was the Haslingden Corporation’s last bus in 1967 and became the number 47 under Rossendale Transport.
In Picture 3, we have another Leyland Titan at Rawtenstall Bus Station.
This one ran from 1953 to 1972 and became the number 14 under Rossendale Transport.
Picture 4 shows three Haslingden bus drivers. Billy Ratcliffe, the mayor’s chauffeur, can be seen on the right.
The end of the tram service and the inauguration of the bus service on May 1, 1930, can be seen in Picture 5.
Below this, Picture 6 shows a 32-seater Guy bus. It operated on the Helmshore route from December 1925 to March 1933. Driver Billy Ratcliffe can be seen standing at the front of the bus.
Bottom left is Picture 7, showing the number 21 Leyland Titan, which ran from 1938 to 1960.
Finally, in Picture 8, we have another Leyalnd Titan, this time the number 13, which ran from 1957 to 1974.
It is pictured at the Commercial Bus Stop on Manchester Road, Haslingden.
Do these images bring back memories of travelling on Haslingden’s public transport in years gone by?
If so, please get in touch and share your stories and photographs.
Thanks to all our nostalgia contributors.