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Manchester Citi Bus 103 in Piccadilly

30 Oct
Manchester Citi bus in Piccadilly. Image courtesy of J. Shaw.

Manchester Citi bus in Piccadilly with Sunley Piazza in the background. Image courtesy of J. Shaw.

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Manchester Corporation Bus 1940s

30 Oct
Manchester Corporation bus in Piccadilly in the 1940s. Image courtesy of J. Shaw.

Manchester Corporation bus in Piccadilly in the 1940s. Image courtesy of J. Shaw.

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Manchester Tram 173

30 Oct
Tram 173 c1910. Image courtesy D. Boothman.

Tram 173 c1910. Image courtesy D. Boothman.

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Manchester Tram 618

29 Oct
Tram 618 in Piccadilly. Image courtesy D. Boothman.

Tram 618 in Piccadilly. Image courtesy D. Boothman.

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Clipper Card Machine – Manchester Bus Service – c1990s

14 Nov

Clipper Card Machine – front view. Courtesy. J. Shaw.

This is a Clipper Card machine c1990s from what was then the Greater Manchester Bus Service.

It is a Almex Model  M, a precursor of the modern magnetic card and smart card systems, such as the London Oyster Card which allows for single journeys throughout London via bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services in London.

One main difference being that Almex Model and the Clipper Card unlike the Oyster service in London was that they weren’t digital and relied on more traditional forms of data and information collection.

The machine entered service with the launch of the Clippercard in December 1979 by Greater Manchester Transport.

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Clipper Card Machine – diagram. Courtesy. J. Shaw.

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3rd Class British Rail Train Ticket – Marple to Manchester London Road – 1956

22 Nov

3rd Class British Rail Train Ticket – Marple to Manchester London Road – 1956. Courtesy D. Boothman.

This is a 3rd class single British Rail train ticket from Marple Station to London Road Station in Manchester, dated 9th March 1956.

The Marple line to Manchester was opened on 5th August 1862 running on the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway (M.S.L.) line.

Manchester London Road Station opened in 1842, originally named Store Street Station and Bank Top Station. It became London Road Station in 1847 and the named lasted until the station was rebuilt in the 1960s when it was renamed Manchester Piccadilly upon its opening to the general public on the 12th September 1960.

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2nd Class British Rail Train Ticket – Newton Heath to Rochdale – 1969

28 Oct

BR ticket Dean Lane Newton Heath to Rochdale dated 7 Jan 1969. Courtesy D. Boothman. 

This is a 2nd class single British Rail train ticket from Dean Lane Station in Newton Heath to Rochdale, dated 7th January 1969.

Dean Lane Station was opened on the 17th May 1880 by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (LYR), providing a direct link to Oldham and Rochdale.

Dean Lane Station finally closed on the 3rd October 2009, although the original station had disappeared by 1977.

Dean Lane Station is due to reopen in 2012 as part of the inner city Metrolink transport system.

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ClipperCard – Manchester Bus Service – From 1991

23 Oct

Manchester Bus ClipperCard from 1991. Courtesy D. Boothman.

This is a Manchester bus service ClipperCard from 1991, which was launched in December 1979 by Greater Manchester Transport.

The Clippercard offered 10 bus journeys for the price of 9, which the traveller would ‘clip-off’ in the self-cancelling machines which were installed on every bus.

There ease of use, convenience and offer of cost saving travel meant they became very popular throughout Manchester right up until they were replaced in 2004, when electronic recording of passenger journeys was brought in.

The expansion of the school bus network also led to the demise of the ClipperCards, coupled with a great shift for children to be driven to school by their parents, rather than using the bus service or indeed walking.

The forced break-up of GM Buses by the Conservative Government in the 1990s also impacted greatly on the ClipperCard, as the UK Government wanted to streamline the system and essentially make more money from the bus services and so implemented their long held belief that privatisation rather than public ownership was the way forward.

This built upon the Conservative Governments deregulation of the transport system in 1980 and the Transport Act of 1985, which took power and operations away from councils and local transport authorities and into private hands, the result of which has seen a monopoly of the system by a small number of companies and regular increases in fares above inflation.

LMS Railway Members Ticket – 3rd Class Members Season Ticket – Manchester Victoria to Blackpool North – 1930s

9 Oct

Front and back of the ticket holder.

This is a London Midland and Scottish Railway Company third class season ticket and leatherette holder for travelling between Manchester Victoria Station and Blackpool North Station, dating from 1937-1938.

The ticket inside the holder showing details of valid travel and expiry date.

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General Service Whistle – W Dowler & Sons

13 Sep

General service whistle for the Manchester Highways Department 41 from the 1890s.

This is a general service whistle for the Manchester Highways Department 41 made by W Dowler & Sons, Birmingham in the 1890s.

W Dowler was one of a number of large brass founding companies making whistles in Birmingham in the late 1800s.

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