Thursday, 27 April 2017

Atkinson PD746

I took this photograph in Heaton Park, Manchester at the Trans Lancs Historic Vehicle Rally in September 1996.
It's the 1955 Atkinson PD746 of the Greater Manchester Transport Museum collection, formerly operated by the SHMD Joint Board (Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley & Dukinfield). It entered service in 1955 and was withdrawn in 1969, and is apparently the only double-deck bus ever produced by Atkinson for the UK market. When I started work in Manchester in 1960 I probably sometimes travelled on this vehicle, as I caught the bus from Denton on a service jointly operated by SHMD and Manchester Corporation Transport buses.

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