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#358911 - 20th Oct 2009 4:25pm Random old photos
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Coming across a few oldies from the 80's:



Who remembers the 64 and the 64a. This used to take me straight to my house from Birkenhead.

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Basking in the low evening sunlight Merseybus Leyland Atlantean AN68, A232 GLV goes about it's business. This very late example of the breed, in production concurrently with the Olympian, had bodywork by W. Alexander of Falkirk. For me, this was the most attractive of all the MPTE colour scemes. The ventilator towers for one of the Mersey river tunnels can be seen against the skyline.


This very bus is now preserved in St Helen's transport museum.


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#358914 - 20th Oct 2009 4:28pm Re: Random old photos [Re: DavidB]
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Merseybus 1922, a 1981 Leyland Atlantean AN68 with Alexander bodywork seen in Birkenhead in the Autumn of 1990.
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#358919 - 20th Oct 2009 4:35pm Re: Random old photos [Re: DavidB]
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Crosville National at Woodside 18th July 1985
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#358920 - 20th Oct 2009 4:36pm Re: Random old photos [Re: DavidB]
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Out of service First-PMT/Crosville Leyland Lynx SLC850 (G936YRY), pulling out of Heswall Bus Station, Wirral in June1998.
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#358923 - 20th Oct 2009 4:39pm Re: Random old photos [Re: DavidB]
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Ticket kiosks in the old Woodside Ferry Terminal Building, Birkenhead in June 1985.


Nice and 'warm' compared to the sterile bright terminals of today!
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#358929 - 20th Oct 2009 4:50pm Re: Random old photos [Re: DavidB]
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Violet, used to drive for the old Corpy and then MPTE. I knew the 64 alright. Used to take Dixie Dean on it. That was known as the twerly route, loads and loads of pensioners trying to get on before 9 oclock. "Sorry love, twerly" I am one myself now but they are good foties. The 70a there as well, brought back some memories, cheers.


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#358931 - 20th Oct 2009 4:55pm Re: Random old photos [Re: BandyCoot]
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Didn't Dixie Dean work as a hotel caretaker or porter? Was it the village? I can't remember, think he lived near where I used to live.
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#358932 - 20th Oct 2009 4:58pm Re: Random old photos [Re: DavidB]
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Revered for his sportsmanship as well as his burgeoning talent, he was never once booked or dismissed - despite the kind of provocation which once saw him lose a testicle in a match.


Flippin heck!!
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#358962 - 20th Oct 2009 7:22pm Re: Random old photos [Re: DavidB]
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Excellent pictures. They have brought back memorys of being 12/ 13 ish and getting various buses to school. Mersey bus where always dirty and shabby and stank. Crossville where a bit more rare but they where clean, warm and had nice comfy seats. Red rider when they first started only had a handful of buses that where all rather old and for some reason driven like maniacs by the drivers which we atchelly used to love.

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#358975 - 20th Oct 2009 7:41pm Re: Random old photos [Re: KevinFinity]
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^ Yeah, that hit the nail on the head. The black floors on Merseybus were always sticky with caramelised soft drinks, with the odd coke can rolling back and forth down the bus as it braked/accelerated. They had hard vinyl, (sometimes solid plastic) seats, which had evil chromed handrails that you always banged your head on. Sitting at the back over the engine was really hot. Rarely got a Crosville bus, but they were more comfy, and posh, I remember.
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#465476 - 25th Jan 2011 3:07am Re: Random old photos [Re: DavidB]
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Are you sure that "this very bus is now preserved in St Helen's transport museum"? It is not listed on their fleet list! They have several MPTE buses but no with this registration number. Click

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#465552 - 25th Jan 2011 12:05pm Re: Random old photos [Re: DavidB]
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Originally Posted By: DavidB
Coming across a few oldies from the 80's:



Who remembers the 64 and the 64a. This used to take me straight to my house from Birkenhead.

i remember the 64 & 64a, and look at the old bus shelter! don't see them like that now! look like plastic now, useally with a smashed window!!

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Basking in the low evening sunlight Merseybus Leyland Atlantean AN68, A232 GLV goes about it's business. This very late example of the breed, in production concurrently with the Olympian, had bodywork by W. Alexander of Falkirk. For me, this was the most attractive of all the MPTE colour scemes. The ventilator towers for one of the Mersey river tunnels can be seen against the skyline.


This very bus is now preserved in St Helen's transport museum.

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#465561 - 25th Jan 2011 12:12pm Re: Random old photos [Re: DavidB]
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I remember them, used to drive them. You knew where a bus was going in them days, haven't a clue now. Dixie Dean used to be a regular passenger on the 64, Happy Days.
Even the 70a behind, brilliant.


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#465566 - 25th Jan 2011 12:15pm Re: Random old photos [Re: DavidB]
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I'm getting old, answered this post ages ago, forgot.
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#465636 - 25th Jan 2011 3:50pm Re: Random old photos [Re: DavidB]
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Yeah Merseybus was always a bit shabby looking and found braking down, I remember Crosville getting like airplane style seats on the newer buses and all the kids thought it was great.

Merseybus was a bit dirty until silver service came along lol.

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