Old Bus Tickets

Leeds City Transport – Ultimate

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These Leeds Ultimates takes me back to 1964 or 65. I went as one of a group of railway enthusiasts to visit a number of loco sheds in the Leeds area (Neville Hill, Holbeck, Farnley Junction and Copley Hill). This was not a "seat-of-the-pants" raid, but a properly organised visit with permits in hand for each shed. The Ian Allan Locoshed book gave clear directions how to reach each location. So, with Neville Hill as our first objective, the dozen or so of us, having arrived at Leeds City, boarded a City Transport no. 54 in Boar Lane, heading east to Halton Moor – the self-same route described so graphically in Paul Haywood’s three-part article. I am not sure, but I think it was a Leyland PD2/Roe. It is always an anxious experience travelling to an unknown location in an unfamiliar city, with the possibility of missing your stop. So we were closely on the lookout for Osmondthorpe Lane, as the "oracle" decreed. We got up as the bus performed the sharp right turn from York Road, but the conductor (having guessed our destination) waved us back to our seats – "Couple more stops yet lads." I don’t remember the remaining journeys, except for a fairly elderly AEC Regent out to Whitehall Road, for the Farnley Junction tour (was it a no. 7?)
But finally, the mention of Neville Hill, brings to mind an anecdote, nothing to do with buses, from the 1980s when I was working for British Rail Engineering Ltd in Derby. We were arranging some sort of "event" in conjunction with BR in the Leeds area, and had a manager in our office who was completely new to the railway industry. A number of matters had to be sorted out, and the usual answer to any query was, "We’ll have to discuss it with Neville Hill." After hearing this for a couple of days, the aforesaid gentleman came up to me one afternoon, and said in a low voice (but loud enough for the rest of the office to hear), "Er, excuse me Steve, but, who exactly is Neville Hill?" He was a little put out to see five people falling about in fits of uncontrollable laughter.

Photograph and Copy contributed by Stephen Ford

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03/04/11 – 08:30

Thank you Stephen for a most interesting look at LCT in the 1960s – I wish I’d a pound for every ticket I’ve issued in Osmondthorpe Lane, and I knew Mr. Neville Hill very well indeed !! I’m afraid though that you wouldn’t have had any luck in trying to reach Whitehall Road and Farnley on a number 7 (Hunslet – City – Headingley) – I think the elderly AEC for that journey will have been on the 31 route.

Chris Youhill

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09/04/11 – 05:00

I bow to your superior knowledge of the Leeds route system Chris. My memory suggests that we travelled to the terminus on the bus concerned, and further pummelling of the old grey cells brings swimming up from the murky depths the name Far Royd Terrace. Does this fit, or am I dreaming? Is there any likelihood that the no.7 might have been used en-route to (or from) Holbeck?

Stephen Ford

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11/04/11 – 05:00

Hello again Stephen – I freely admit to a dollop of egg on the face again – you could have travelled to Farnley on service 47, Bus Station to Old Farnley, so you remembered one digit correctly, and I was too smart in dismissing your thought – very sorry.

Chris Youhill

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22/05/11 – 08:50

Stephen to Holbeck from the city centre you could have caught a 29 to Holbeck Moor alighting on Domestic Street You could have possibly caught a 7 if you went out to Sourton Sed which was of the beaten track somewhat

Chris Hough

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23/05/11 – 07:34

Hi Chris (H). Yes, I think you may be right about the 7 being used en route to Stourton. I have a feeling that someone in our group was desperate to "cop" Jubilee "Bihar and Orissa". Either we went to Farnley Junction and were told it would be at Stourton, or vice versa. We accordingly added one extra to our list of sheds for the day – and were accepted there on the basis that we had, after all, taken the trouble to obtain a fistful of properly authorised permits.

Stephen Ford

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25/05/11 – 16:42

Now that takes me back to my trainspotting youth! Bihar and Orissa AKA 455581 was for many years a Farnley engine indeed I think it was withdrawn form there. Incidentally a trip to Stourton on the 7 would have entailed a fairly lengthy walk as the shed was virtually in open country in contrast to Neville Hill and Holbeck that were firmly in the urban environment.

Chris Hough