Interurban  buses in Burnley   -    Todmorden Joint Omnibus Committee

 

      I have always had a special regard for Todmorden buses although I never travelled on them very often. I always thought they looked very smart in their green livery. My first memory of riding on one was going to Todmorden Park with my parents as a young boy. It was the very first time I had travelled on a double deck bus under the Culvert Bridge in Yorkshire Street, Burnley. Needless to say I was sitting on the front seat upstairs and remember being quite excited as we passed under the bridge. Of course all Todmorden buses at that time were lowbridge all Leyland PD2/1's or PD2/12's with the side gangway and bench seats upstairs. This apparently was nothing to do with low bridges in the area  but simply due to the height of the depot at Millwood

     Only three services worked from Burnley. To Hebden Bridge via Todmorden, Summit via Todmorden (connecting with Rochdale Corporation) & Bacup (This service then continued to Todmorden via Sharneyford). In those days all these services operated out of Burnley via Todmorden Road.

     I have tried to collect as many photographs as I can of the buses I liked so much. The following selection are of Todmorden buses and their successors in Burnley.

        

           1940 Leyland TD5 on Football Special duties. Photo:- John Locke

      

       1950 Leyland PD2/1 No. 18 at Burnley's Cattle Market Bus Station where all inter - urban services departed from. En route to Hebden Bridge via Todmorden.

 

       An offside view of No. 18 this time at Burnley Cattle Market going to Bacup.

1948 PD2/1 No 37, GWU 18, leaving the Cattle Market past the (then) newly built Magistrates Court & Police Station.

 

    1950 Leyland PD2/1 No. 19, JWY 825 leaving the new (1964) Burnley Bus Station for Hebden Bridge.

 

 

1951 Leyland PD2/12 No. 23, KWX 16 on the Cattle Market. Demolition of Pickup Croft was obviously under way in the late 1950's. This batch were the last double deckers purchased by Todmorden Joint Committee.

 

1950 PD2/1 No. 34, JWY 824 turning into Red Lion Street from Croft Street to enter the new bus station from the bottom end.

 

 

 

1962 Leyland Leopard L1/East Lancs. No 31, 521 BWT on the Cattle Market next to a Hebble AEC working the service to Halifax which operated via Mereclough, Blackshaw Head, Slack  & Heptonstall. That service now only operates on Saturdays.

 

 

1967 Leyland Leopard PSU4/2R/Willowbrook No. 10, NWW 91E on Burnley Bus Station operating to Summit. No. 10 was one of two coach seated buses carrying this mainly white "reverse" livery used for private hire.

No.10 re-numbered 327 in the merger with Halifax Corporation. Also in the frame are an Accrington Tiger Cub and the rear end of a Halifax livered bus.

Ex. Todmorden 25, KWX 18, now Halifax Joint Committee no. 356 parked up at Burnley Bus Station

Finally a First Bus Olympian, no.5156, F156 XYG,  repainted into Todmorden livery to commemorate 90 years of transport.

 

Keith Baldwin

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