David Slater (Spoddendale)'s photos

Ambassador Travel ML905 (A668 XDA) on the old A11…

28 Apr 1985 5
Sunday 28 April 1985 – Ambassador Travel MCW Metroliner ML905 (A668 XDA) seen on the old A11 passing Barton Mills when working the 1020 National Express service 099 from Norwich to London. It was one of three such vehicles new to Midland Red Express in June 1984 and had seating for 79 passengers (57 on the upper deck and 22 on the lower deck).

Ambassador Travel 918 (C918 BPW) on the A11 at Bar…

08 Apr 1990 3
Palm Sunday 8 April 1990 – Ambassador Travel MCW Metroliner 918 (C918 BPW) speeds along the A11 at Barton Mills when working the 0750 Lowestoft to London National Express ‘Rapide’ service 599. The signpost tells it has (about) 72 miles to go. It was just after 1000 and the scheduled arrival time at Victoria was 1205. Ambassador’s first three Metroliners (A666-8 XDA) came as a transfer from Midland Red Express when quite new in 1984 were not to ‘Rapide’ specification which included toilet and catering facilities. In 1986 four further Metroliners were added to the fleet made up of a former Shamrock and Rambler vehicle (A119 KBA) along with three ‘Rapide’ specificiation vehicles new in March that year (C915-918 BPW) of which 918 was one. They were quite impressive vehicles but sadly 918 looks rather down at heel for being just four years old.

Ambassador Travel LT902 (A902 KAH) on the A11 at B…

09 Feb 1985 5
Saturday 9 February 1985 – Ambassador Travel LT902 (A902 KAH), a Plaxton Paramount 3500 bodied Leyland Tiger that wore the black, white and gold fleet livery and was new in January 1984 to Eastern Counties, seen on the old A11 at Barton Mills near the end of Church Lane.

Ambassador Travel 100 (F100 BPW) on the A11 near F…

16 Jan 1994 5
Sunday 16 January 1994 (1146) – This photograph was taken during the construction work just east of Fiveways roundabout on the A11 at Barton Mills when the road bridge over the watercourse was rebuilt. The location of the now dismantled bridge is where the pipeline and ducting crosses the gap on the right. A temporary bridge and roadway were installed to take traffic round the site works as from Monday 10 January 1994. The point where the detour begins from the normal road alignment can be seen in the background far left. Traffic re-joined the normal roadway just behind the camera before reaching the roundabout. Ambassador Travel 100 (F100 BPW), a Plaxton Paramount 3500 bodied Volvo B10M new in January 1989, is seen rumbling over the temporary bridge as it came through when working the 0945 Lowestoft to London (Victoria) National Express ‘Rapide’ service 597. Very much on time it was scheduled to arrive at Victoria at 1350.

Rossendale Transport 104 (H104 CHG) in Rochdale –…

15 Apr 1995 8
Saturday 15 April 1995 (Easter weekend) – Rossendale Transport 104 (H104 CHG), a Reeve Burgess Pointer bodied Dennis Dart new in June 1991, seen in Rochdale bus station. Reeve Burgess, based in North Derbyshire, was acquired by Plaxtons in 1980 and built smaller type bus bodywork. The company continued building until 1991 when the Derbyshire site closed and production moved to Plaxtons at Scarborough. In the late 1980s Reeve Burgess developed and launched the Pointer model which became quite successful and more well known as a Plaxton branded product (and later TransBus then Alexander-Dennis)

Rossendale Transport 93 (F93 XBV) in Rochdale bus…

15 Apr 1995 6
Saturday 15 April 1995 (Easter weekend) – Rossendale Transport 93 (F93 XBV), an East Lancs bodied Leyland Tiger new in January 1989, seen in Smith Street, Rochdale about to enter Rochdale bus station.

Rossendale Transport 63 (F63 ARN) in Rochdale bus…

15 Apr 1995 6
Saturday 15 April 1995 (Easter weekend) – Rossendale Transport 63 (F63 ARN), an MCW Metrorider new in March 1989, seen in Rochdale bus station.

Sheffield Supertram sets 13 and 05 in Sheffield ci…

09 Oct 1995 3 4 14
Monday 9 October 1995 – The Supertram network in Sheffield commenced in the Spring of 1994 with the first stage between Sheffield city centre to Meadowhall. The infrastructure owned by the South Yorkshire PTE was operated by a wholly owned subsidiary of the PTE named South Yorkshire Supertram Limited. SYSL was sold to Stagecoach in December 1997. Twenty five trams sets were built by Siemens-Düwag of Germany to operate the system and until the sale of SYSL to Stagecoach the tram sets operated in a grey based livery. In this view set 13 and set 05 are seen in Castle Square in the city centre.

Sheffield Supertram set 25 at Meadowhall station –…

09 Oct 1995 3 2 10
Monday 9 October 1995 – The Supertram network in Sheffield commenced in the Spring of 1994 with the first stage between Sheffield city centre to Meadowhall. The infrastructure owned by the South Yorkshire PTE was operated by a wholly owned subsidiary of the PTE named South Yorkshire Supertram Limited. SYSL was sold to Stagecoach in December 1997. Twenty five trams sets were built by Siemens-Düwag of Germany to operate the system and until the sale of SYSL to Stagecoach the tram sets operated in a grey based livery. Tram set 25 is seen at Meadowhall station.

Sheffield Supertram set 22 above Park Square round…

09 Oct 1995 3 11
Monday 9 October 1995 – The Supertram network in Sheffield commenced in the Spring of 1994 with the first stage between Sheffield city centre to Meadowhall. The infrastructure owned by the South Yorkshire PTE was operated by a wholly owned subsidiary of the PTE named South Yorkshire Supertram Limited. SYSL was sold to Stagecoach in December 1997. Twenty five trams sets were built by Siemens-Düwag of Germany to operate the system and until the sale of SYSL to Stagecoach the tram sets operated in a grey based livery. One of the key features of the city centre infrastructure spans the Park Square roundabout. Tram set 22 is crossing into the elevated centre of the roundabout on one of the three lines that meet at a triangular double track junction. The destination display shows ‘Halfway’ which is a locality rather than indicating this was a short run.

On board Sheffield Supertram set 25 – 9 Oct 1995 (…

09 Oct 1995 1 8
Monday 9 October 1995 – The Supertram network in Sheffield commenced in the Spring of 1994 with the first stage between Sheffield city centre to Meadowhall. The infrastructure owned by the South Yorkshire PTE was operated by a wholly owned subsidiary of the PTE named South Yorkshire Supertram Limited. SYSL was sold to Stagecoach in December 1997. Twenty five trams sets were built by Siemens-Düwag of Germany to operate the system. The sets feature three sections, the centre section is higher than the other two cab ended sections. The latter contain the doors which align with the platform level for wheelchair access. This interior view was taken in the centre section of tram set 25.

Pioneer C46 HDT in Rochdale bus station – 15 Apr 1…

15 Apr 1995 1 2 12
Easter Saturday 15 April 1995 – Pioneer Travel Bus and Coach, owned by John Whitehead, was based in Smithy Bridge near Rochdale. C46 HDT, an Optare bodied Dennis Domino that had been new to South Yorkshire PTE as their 46 in August 1985, seen in Rochdale bus station. Pioneer was subsequently acquired by First Group in the late 1990s.

Pioneer VCW 596Y in Rochdale bus station – 11 Oct…

11 Oct 1995 1 9
Wednesday 11 October 1995 – Pioneer Travel Bus and Coach, owned by John Whitehead, was based in Smithy Bridge near Rochdale. VCW 596Y, a Marshall Camair bodied Dennis Lancet that had been new to Blackpool Transport (596) in August 1982, seen in Rochdale bus station. Pioneer was subsequently acquired by First Group in the late 1990s.

Pioneer E518 PWR in Rochdale bus station – 11 Oct…

11 Oct 1995 1 8
Wednesday 11 October 1995 – Pioneer Travel Bus and Coach, owned by John Whitehead, was based in Smithy Bridge near Rochdale. E518 PWR, an Optare Citypacer bodied Volkswagen LT55 was new in August 1987 to Welwyn Hatfield Line, seen in Rochdale bus station. Pioneer was subsequently acquired by First Group in the late 1990s.

Leicester Citycoach (Leicester Citybus) 542 GRT at…

27 May 1995 1 8
Saturday 27 May 1995 – At RAF Mildenhall visiting the Air Fete. Right is Leicester Citycoach (Leicester Citybus) 542 GRT, Jonckheere bodied Volvo, in the GRT Holdings style livery. Leicester Citybus was acquired by GRT Holdings in November 1993. Left is Premier Travel Services J702 CWT, a Plaxton Premiere bodied Volvo B10M that had been new to Wallace Arnold Tours in April 1992.

Leicester Citycoach (Leicester Citybus) 23 (B160 W…

28 May 1994 1 7
Saturday 28 May 1994 – Leicester Citycoach (Leicester Citybus) 23 (B160 WRN), a Duple Laser bodied Leyland Tiger that had been new to Ribble Motor Services as their 160 in February 1985, seen at RAF Mildenhall when visiting the Air Fete. Leicester Citybus was acquired by GRT Holdings in November 1993 and this coach wears the GRT style livery scheme.

Leicester Citybus 112 (C112 UBC) in Peterborough –…

02 Aug 1988 1 6
Easter Saturday 2 April 1988 – Leicester Citybus 112 (C112 UBC), an East Lancs bodied Scania N112 new in July 1986, seen in Peterborough.

Leicester Citybus buses in Leicester - 26 Jan 1987…

26 Jan 1987 1 10
Monday 26 January 1987 – Leicester Citybus double deckers in Humberstone Gate, Leicester. Charles Street runs across the junction beyond the buses. Left is 303 (GJF 303N), a Scania/MCW Metropolitan new in February 1975 Centre is an East Lancs bodied Scania N112DRB (it may be 111 (C111 UBC) one of four similar buses new in July 1986 numbered 111-114) Right is an East Lancs bodied Dennis Dominator (it may be 102 (C102 UBC) one of four similar buses new in July 1986 numbered 101-104)

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