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#556873 - 5th Aug 2011 6:58pm Laird street bus depot information
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Hi I have recently come across this Forum and find some of the info quite fascinating.

My question is, has anyone here worked in Laird street bus depot between 1969 75?

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#556887 - 5th Aug 2011 7:26pm Re: Laird street bus depot information [Re: Paintboffin]
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Hi Paintboffin, and welcome to wiki.

Depending upon what kind of info you are after, it might be worth you putting this request on the History section under the information requests thread.

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#556914 - 5th Aug 2011 8:21pm Re: Laird street bus depot information [Re: Geekus]
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Definatly put this under the History section.
I worked there in the late 90`s, just as Arriva took over i got out!
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#556970 - 5th Aug 2011 10:14pm Re: Laird street bus depot information [Re: Paintboffin]
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Just found this link which may be useful. thumbsup

Clicky, click:- http://www.petergould.co.uk/local_transport_history/fleetlists/birkenhead1.htm

It's just general History and details of the bus fleet, but I'm sure that others on here will know more about some of the people who worked there.

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#556982 - 5th Aug 2011 10:35pm Re: Laird street bus depot information [Re: Paintboffin]
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Thanks for moving the thread to the correct place.

I was looking for info on people who worked at the depot during that time.

Thanks for the link too, interesting reading.

I was an apprentice coach painter from 1969 to 1973 but moved to Seaview road bus depot in Liscard about 1972ish when the paint shop was transferred, perhaps someone here also worked at either depots during that time period until about 1980.

PB

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#556998 - 5th Aug 2011 11:23pm Re: Laird street bus depot information [Re: Paintboffin]
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Some of the drivers at Laird Street have been there quite a while. There are probably still at least a handful who worked there between 1969 and 1973. There are certainly a number who were there about 1980.

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#557047 - 6th Aug 2011 7:43am Re: Laird street bus depot information [Re: Touchstone]
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Still see some of the long termers there now, christ, how long can ypu get up in the morning to be abused by the public for buttons?? And thoes split shifts....forget it!
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#557056 - 6th Aug 2011 8:29am Re: Laird street bus depot information [Re: hoseman]
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There are a handful from the days of Birkehead corporation. There are quite a few from the Merseytavel/MPTE era. They all seem to think it was much better back in the day. Nicer passengers, longer turnaround times, better management and less blatant profiteering.
And most importantly, more bus bunnies!

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#557130 - 6th Aug 2011 11:09am Re: Laird street bus depot information [Re: Paintboffin]
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I worked there in 1970-ish to 73-74-ish. Started as a conductor then went driving, with a mate, before going on to 1 man driver. Enjoyed the job but fell foul of authority helping a mate out and got the boot, my own fault. Also worked at New Ferry Depot. Started with the Corpy then it went MPTE. My recollection of that time was talking to a boss who told me that he was doing the same job as before but now had 5 people above him over in Liverpool.
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#557150 - 6th Aug 2011 11:42am Re: Laird street bus depot information [Re: BandyCoot]
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hi my dad worked in Laird st from late 50s to 80s we lived in newbrighton then in the 50s and ican remember him alot of the time walking to work in the early hours when he was driver for the staff bus which picked all the early Laird st workers up saturday morning was my treat day i would get to go to the staff canteen and have a good feed it was better in those dayswhen my dad was driving a bus in newbrighton he would pick me up and take me down to the bus terminal in NB then drop me off on the way back icould go on forever about them days but ill stop now by the way my dads name was peter walker his final job was inspector {his real name was patrick walker but thats another story by for now

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#557182 - 6th Aug 2011 12:38pm Re: Laird street bus depot information [Re: wellie111]
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Hi, wellie111; If you're going to write some more, a bit of punctuation would make it easier to read.
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#557187 - 6th Aug 2011 12:58pm Re: Laird street bus depot information [Re: wellie111]
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Hi Wellie111, I worked with your dad at Laird St, I was there from 1969-1990 and remember him well, nice guy.

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#557396 - 6th Aug 2011 10:52pm Re: Laird street bus depot information [Re: Touchstone]
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Wasnt it better in the old days for many reasons, not just those mentioned .... yes the bunnies seemes better than any you see now, or was it just because we were younger?.

I did nearly 20 years driving buses at many locations, I finished back up at Laird St, but after the 'A' word company had taken over and how things have changed. I still work in public transport but doing something much different now.

Seaview Rd was a great garage, many people I knew/know worked there, but I never got the chance to,.

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#557475 - 7th Aug 2011 10:25am Re: Laird street bus depot information [Re: Touchstone]
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Originally Posted By: Touchstone
Some of the drivers at Laird Street have been there quite a while. There are probably still at least a handful who worked there between 1969 and 1973. There are certainly a number who were there about 1980.


I didn't know many drivers who were at the time called "road staff", people who worked in the depths of the depot were called "garage staff".
It is the garage staff I wish to find information on if possible.

My name is Stephen Hull and I worked in the paint shop.
It is very possible that a lot of people from that time are now dead but I can remember many names of former garage colleagues.

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#557477 - 7th Aug 2011 10:28am Re: Laird street bus depot information [Re: Worzel]
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Originally Posted By: panther

Seaview Rd was a great garage, many people I knew/know worked there, but I never got the chance to,.


I left Seaview road in 1980 and knew many garage staff at that time but not many road staff.

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