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Mansfield District Traction – Setright Speed

Mansfield District Traction Setright Speed Bus Ticket

Here we have another Setright Speed ticket this time pre-printed in Dark Green on a Cream/Buff paper which matches the livery of Mansfield District Traction very well indeed.

Mansfield District Traction operated the majority of town services in Mansfield itself. But they ran much farther afield than that as well. Outside of Mansfield itself, there was a more or less continuous semi-urban but partly rural sprawl of mining villages radiating to Sutton in Ashfield (west), Shirebrook/Langwith (north), Warsop/Welbeck (north east) and Ollerton/Edwinstowe (east). Farther afield, there was a network of more rural routes reaching out into east Nottinghamshire (Southwell and Newark). They reached Nottingham itself with two routes – a roughly 2-hourly service to Southwell via Netherfield, Lowdham and Oxton (215) and a Wednesdays only run to Gonalston via Netherfield, Lowdham and Thurgarton. In my memory the 215 was usually run with Lodekkas. You will appreciate that Mansfield was also in East Midland Motor Services territory, as well as having a good number of Midland General routes from the west and south, together with a few Trent services, including Nottingham – Mansfield – Chesterfield, operated jointly with East Midland but using different route numbers (just to confuse the punters!) – Trent 63/East Midland 12A.

Thanks to Stephen Ford for the information regarding Mansfield District Traction
Stephen also supplied a list of their routes from the May 1962 timetable, they were actually bound up together at the end of the Midland General timetable booklet, so he also supplied a list of the Midland General Omnibus and Notts & Derby Traction routes as well.
If anyone would require any information regarding routes please get in touch.

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29/10/11 – 17:05

As an ex Blidworth boy now in Oz could you please settle a discussion between my brother an I about which Mansfield District Traction route went from Mansfield to Newark via Fiskerton in the 60′s and 70′s I think it was the 209 he thinks it was the 208 I think that one went via Upton.

Tom Hubbard

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30/10/11 – 06:43

Tom, you are right – 209 via Fiskerton, 208 via Upton. I have included a scan of the Mansfield District Traction route list from the back of the 1962 Midland General timetable.

Stephen Ford

MDT_RouteList_1962

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14/11/11 – 17:51

That is a very interesting list Stephen, because I believe that the original routes were simply 100 up for town services and 200 up for ‘country area’ routes. The others were a result of takeovers, 1 & 7, 2 and 3 were ex Ebor, who used these numbers, 4 was ex Bevan and Barker, who didn’t. Some time after this list, some numbers in the 70′s were added as a result of an agreement with East Midland to co-ordinate services on the Mansfield – Warsop – Shirebrook road, hence 4 disappeared.
One thing I found recently among my possessions was a complete list of destinations from an MDT blind and also a complete list of via points which I achieved (from a Lodekka) by stepping up, turning the handle, stepping down to write, then repeating the process one display at a time! Unfortunately I wasn’t quite sure which routes some of them appertained to although some town services were so short, they didn’t warrant a via point.

Chris Barker

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15/11/11 – 07:16

Nice one Chris. Much better than the practice in the later years of Western National, who used the destination blind to display "WESTERN NATIONAL" and the via display to show "SERVICE NO." – a really helpful and informative use of the display resources available!

Stephen Ford

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13/04/12 – 07:57

Stephen,
Thanks for the info on the 208 and 209, he now owes me a few beers,
Are there any photos of Blidworth buses on the web I can only find the one painting

Tom Hubbard