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Mesnes Street, Wigan

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Marsh Green bus in Mesnes St 1970's
Photo: RON HUNT
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Item #: 26172
Greater Manchester Bus Reg. OTJ 334G, No. 625 on its way to Marsh Green passing the Sarah Lynn shop on a dismal day

Comment by: John Morris on 12th March 2015 at 20:53

It certainly looks like a dismal day, Ron, but it is a wonderfully atmospheric photograph. Thanks for sharing.

Comment by: Kas on 13th March 2015 at 00:05

Sarah Lynn in the background Cindy.

Comment by: Mick on 13th March 2015 at 00:32

Roy Turner's Prams and Toys immediately behind the bus, and then on the other side of Smiths' bookshop, Brian's Furniture, which later relocated to Wallgate.Beyond Brian's the next two shops were Corlett's electrical, and Aspinall's, who sold DIY supplies, paint and wallpaper.

Comment by: watchalot on 13th March 2015 at 07:42

look more like mesnes st and 625 was beech hill bluebell ave so it would be on return to wigan blind must have slipped down a bit

Comment by: Rev David Long on 13th March 2015 at 09:10

More pics, and history, of this bus at: https://www.flickr.com/search/?tags=otj334g

Comment by: English Electric on 13th March 2015 at 11:12

Although this looks like a typical Wigan Corporation bus re-painted into GMT's orange & white, the missing pair of green lights next to the destination sign suggests all's not what it seems.

A bit of internet browsing, including Flickr link posted, reveals this was originally a Ramsbottom Corporation bus that had been transferred to Wigan depot to eke out its final days. It was also one of the last couple of front-engined Leyland Titan buses built for the UK - after this all the double-deck buses built were modern rear-engined types designed for one-man operation.

And yes, a very atmospheric, dismal scene.

Comment by: Pete Schofield on 13th March 2015 at 11:29

From the registration mark and lack of the 2 green lights next to the destination board I would definitely say that this was not a Wigan Corporation bus. All Wigan corporation buses had the reg mark EK or JP. The fleet number show WN after the number this indicating that it was based at the Wigan Depot.

Comment by: Mick on 13th March 2015 at 20:46

Originally Fleet Number 10, when working from the RFamsbottom Corporation Depot.

Comment by: james rudd on 14th March 2015 at 08:34

The Marsh Green bus was No 22 before Greater Manchester Buses took over then became 622, caught it many times in the good old days as they say.

Comment by: Bus mon on 14th March 2015 at 09:37

When Selnec later to become GMPTE took over Wigan Corporation buses they took all those top knotch Leyland Atlantean buses that Wiganers had bought with their council rates and replaced them with the badly serviced old ramshackle buses from the darkest depths of the GMC, even the oldest Wigan Corpy buses were in better condition than these boneshakers.

Comment by: Eric on 15th March 2015 at 19:43

It looks like menses St was one way then

Comment by: Stuart on 18th March 2015 at 21:02

NONE of Wigan's Atlanteans ever left Wigan. They stayed in Wigan. Wigan received Atlanteans frpm Salford to replace the oldest Titans. Yet again the truth is hidden behind a fallacy. The only post 1965 buses that moved away from Wigan were some of the 1968 Titans that went to Oldham. Wigan got brand new Atlanteans in their place. Wigan did better than most depots under GMT. Some of the Central Manchester garages got the old cast-offs from everywhere else.

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