Saddleworth update complete

May 15, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

When I started this latest Saddleworth update I little thought it would take me six months to complete, but here we are after six months, finished with 567 photos added.  In addition a lot of updating has taken place, with particular attention paid to the keywords - see the earlier blog entry.

The latest photographs were taken only yesterday, as I'd realised one or two gaps in coverage which could be easily rectified and some other opportunities arose in the process.  The last galleries to be done were those for the South Pennine Community Transport services from Holmfirth which, despite initial scepticism, seem to have become sustainable and hopefully will be with us for some time.  They are now using this Ford Transit and have just taken delivery of another, although that is intended for some new services around Marsden:

352102_36157352102_36157Subject: South Pennine Community Transport HY15 NZK
Chassis: Ford Transit
Body: Ford Transit B15F
Location: Greenfield, Chew Valley Road
Date: 14-May-2016

Ford Transit HY15 NZK takes the bend on the hill at Greenfield station on the first day of the enhanced 2016 service. This vehicle is able to negotiate this corner a bit more easily than full size buses!
There have been also historical photos added, one of my favourites being at almost the same place but over sixty years earlier:

180201_9413180201_9413Subject: Manchester 3207 (JND 608)
Chassis: Leyland Titan PD2/3
Body: Metro-Cammell H32/26R
Location: Greenfield, Chew Valley Road
Date: 14-Nov-1954

These PD2s were the last batch of buses to the traditional Manchester design and featured on the service in the early days until operation was moved to Rochdale Road garage from Queens Road.

In the low late afternoon sun 3207 seems to be taking a somewhat odd line through the hairpin bend and it is to be hoped nothing was coming down!

Photograph courtesy of Chris Heaps.
I hope you've enjoyed the additions.  I shall carry on recording the current scene and hopefully there will be new historical photographs to add as well and there will be another update at some point in the future.

The next update is to the Pontypridd/Taff-Ely gallery and there is quite a lot of additional material to come.


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