Here is a fairly ordinary T.I.M. from the Grimsby Cleethorpes Transport Joint Committee. Prior to 1957 Grimsby and Cleethorpes each had their own transport undertaking, and both used Ultimate tickets. Grimsby’s livery was a dark reddish brown and cream, while Cleethorpes was blue and battleship grey – unusual but rather attractive. Then the joint operation was formed, and after a number of experiments, the colour scheme became blue and cream.
Grimsby’s fleet was the larger of the two constituents, and was predominantly AEC Regents of various ages, with a few Regals for low-bridge routes. They also had a sprinkling of utility Guy Arabs. The Regents included a number of pre-war Roe bodied centre entrance specimens, six Weymann bodied ex-LT STLs (effectively standard provincial Regent IIs), 3 RT type Regents with Roe bodywork, and two series (7+11) of very shapely Regent III/Roes.
Cleethorpes, on the other hand, favoured Daimlers, including CWA6 and CWD6 utilities, and a small but well-kept fleet of CVD6s with Willowbrook bodies purchased new about 1948. They also had a few Freeline single deckers. Only a small number of routes lay entirely within the Cleethorpes boundary, so there were several joint services, including the route 11/12 trolleybuses, which ran from Grimsby Old Market Place to Cleethorpes Bathing Pool, via Victoria Street, Cleethorpe Road (Grimsby) and Grimsby Road (Cleethorpes).
Post-merger orders included AEC Regent V/Roe and AEC Bridgemaster/Park Royals. But it seems that civic sensitivities had to be soothed, as there was also a small number of new Daimlers – two CSG5/Roe, and later (1961) 3 Daimler CVG6/Roe. The committee also bought second hand vehicles, including Regent IIIs from Nottingham (Park Royal) and Salford (Metro-Cammell).
A varied and fascinating fleet, in which more or less anything might turn up on any route. There seemed to be no deliberate effort to hold the oldest stock in reserve for peak hour extras and works services etc.
Photograph and Copy contributed by Stephen Ford
31/03/11 – 10:52
I was a conductor at Grimsby and Cleethorpes in the early 1970s and used the T.I.M. ticket machines. The spare ticket rolls were kept in the garage and were always a bit damp. We used to take some home and dry them out by the fire which alleviated jamming.
03/04/11 – 10:55
Thanks, Philip. Yours is just the sort of titbit which brings the human touch to the bus scene!