Memories of time spent on the buses

According to the 'Nor-Wester', the North Western staff magazine dated April 1954, this photograph was taken in 1920. Pictured (left to right), standing: A Ramage (later depot foreman at Stockport), H Staden, Alice Slack, A Bramwell, B Palmer, H Farrow, L E Parker, E Parsons and Muriel Brunt. Seated: Hilda Able, Mabel Mellor, A Moss (later Chief Inspector), Elsie Slack and Florence Garside.
According to the 'Nor-Wester', the North Western staff magazine dated April 1954, this photograph was taken in 1920. Pictured (left to right), standing: A Ramage (later depot foreman at Stockport), H Staden, Alice Slack, A Bramwell, B Palmer, H Farrow, L E Parker, E Parsons and Muriel Brunt. Seated: Hilda Able, Mabel Mellor, A Moss (later Chief Inspector), Elsie Slack and Florence Garside.

One hundred years ago next month, a transport company launched a new bus service, thus laying the foundations for what was to become a major provider of local transport in Buxton and the surrounding areas.

On November 15, 1913, the British Automobile Traction Company began operating a motor bus service from Macclesfield to Bollington.

This company would later form part of the North Western Road Car Company in April 1923, which grew to operate bus services in five counties, including Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire, with depots at Bridge Street, Buxton, Back Street, Castleton, and York Street, Glossop.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the British Automobile Traction Company, Macclesfield Library is hosting a selection of photographs and memorabilia from Monday November 4 to Saturday November 9, with material supplied by the Omnibus Society.

And the organisers behind the exhibition are appealing for any surviving family members and later North Western employees to get in touch if they have any stories or memorabilia.

John Dixon, who issued the appeal in a letter to the Advertiser, said: “A major plus would be if anyone has kept diaries showing the work performed with duty numbers, thus enabling us to recreate the rota in use at that particular time.”

If anyone has any information, write to John Dixon, 3 Martin Close, Stockport, SK2 5UW.