Our bus jour­ney down the years

Rossendale Free Press - - Memory Lane -

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.

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