Mesnes Street, Wigan12 Comments
Photo: RON HUNT
Item #: 26172
It certainly looks like a dismal day, Ron, but it is a wonderfully atmospheric photograph. Thanks for sharing.
Sarah Lynn in the background Cindy.
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.
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
More pics, and history, of this bus at: https://www.flickr.com/search/?tags=otj334g
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.
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.
Originally Fleet Number 10, when working from the RFamsbottom Corporation Depot.
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.
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.
It looks like menses St was one way then
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.