Old Bus Tickets

Makemson Bros (Bulwell) – T.I.M

Makemson (Bulwell) - T.I.M Bus Ticket

Makemson was a small coach operator based in the northern Nottingham suburb of Bulwell. In addition to private hire, they also ran a normal "stage carriage" (bus) service between Bulwell Market and Bestwood Colliery village – a distance of perhaps 3 miles. For this they ran two (I think) all-Leyland lowbridge PD2s, liveried in a smart deep maroon. I think the service was hourly. Bestwood Colliery village was served from Nottingham itself by Midland General’s route B8 on its tortuous way to Mansfield via Hucknall, Papplewick and Blidworth. Bulwell was a much nearer shopping centre, but the B8 didn’t go through Bulwell, and as Bestwood Colliery was well outside the city boundary, it couldn’t be served by Nottingham City Transport. The bridge that necessitated lowbridge deckers for Makemson’s service imposed the same restriction on Midland General’s B8 (originally AEC Regents, later Bristol Lodekkas). As for the ticket itself, it will be noted that the "fare paid" block is mounted upside down – also that the ticket roll got snagged in issuing this particular ticket – a fault that happened rather frequently with the TIM system.

Photograph and Copy contributed by Stephen Ford