Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley & Dukinfield Joint Transport and Electricity Board Crest
It was a funny feeling to work on a bus route that passed my door and which I knew so well and to sit in the crew room at Glossop with North Western and SHMD guards that knew me from boyhood. I often worked the 125 Limited Stop to Denton, Hyde and Old Glossop. It was an 8hr 31min “turn” and you worked hard with full loads to Hyde, full loads to Manchester and the same at night on return workings. On one such trip we came into Chorlton Street, and went out immediately, fully loaded.. Late running was frowned upon. Traffic jams were frequent around the city and you didn’t get a clear road until beyond Ardwick.
I learn a lot about the British Public whilst on the buses and I will come to that in the next chapter. My first driver warned me when I started that I would learn things about people’s behaviour that no college course could teach. Bye – he was right – but they were good years with eight to ten weeks on buses, enjoying the travel, the “crack” with mates and the fun with passengers. Of course, there was the bonus of good wages, plenty of overtime, Sunday double time, rest day working, spread-over penalty payments for split shifts. I was to get married in 1963 with this “bus money” behind me! My mother, instead of taking my wages for board and lodge took the money and then secretly saved it all up for when I needed it.
Thanks to Roger for his continuing memories of Hyde.
They are much welcomed and enjoyed ! :)