The company ‘AWC Service’ was actually A & C Wigmore of Dinnington South Yorkshire. The company was known as ‘Blue Wiggies’ due to the fleet colours as there was a ‘Wigmore Excelsior Coaches’ also in Dinnington but that was a different owner. AWC Service operated a service from Dinnington via Thurcroft, Whiston, Tinsley then into Pond St at Sheffield. They operated mostly Leyland buses both new and secondhand until the early mid 60s. Then they changed to Bedfords which they used for the next few years with one or two exceptions. The company was sold and became ‘Northern Bus’ and now I believe they have changed again. The Dinnington – Sheffield service was sold to the South Yorkshire PTE when it was ‘Northern Bus’.
For your info the ticket above was made out for Stage 1 to Stage 3 which was from Dinnington (Falcon Square) to Dinnington Colliery. This type of ticket was used up to about the 1960s when they switched to Ultimate type machines with tickets titled Transport Service I personally could never get on with the Ultimates..
The AWC on the tickets was always painted on the glass over the number rolls on the destination box. The service was numbered in the 70s to 208 something to do with the South Yorkshire PTE placing all bus services with numbers.
Copy contributed by Ian Bennett
05/04/12 – 07:08
I’m reasonably familiar with the history of this operator and the Dinnington service as far the Northern Bus era, I remember their very smartly presented Bristol RE’s and I seem to think they acquired other services and became a substantial operator but what happened to them? They seemed to disappear suddenly, were they bought out or did they encounter difficulties?
06/04/12 – 16:33
A&C Wigmore Ltd went into liquidation c1987/8 and the assets and rights to the name, including "Wiggies" were purchased by Northern Bus Co.Ltd. Northern Bus operations but not the company itself, were sold to Mainline Group I think, around 1998.
DRH – Transport Ticket Society
10/04/12 – 11:07
Thanks for the info D.R.H a very sad end to a good family company.