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I thought it might be worth illustrating the use of Parker Street Bus Station on a destination blind well after you would have expected it to stop. SELNEC PD2 5688, 88ETU, originally 88 in the SHMD fleet, is in Hyde bus station in September 1972 working a service which only commenced operation well after it became known as Piccadilly, the 208 being a service to the overspill estate at Hattersley as shown by Manchester PD2 3656, 9856NA, heading the other way.
5688 is one of the former SHMD buses that received a green flash on the green livery, not a very visible combination! It was always readily distinguishable as it was the only one of the batch, in both SHMD and SELNEC days, to have the fleet number on the cream band, it was normally below on the green. These PD2s did not arrive until the end of 1958 and may already have had blinds showing Piccadilly from new - I wonder whether this blind came from one of the earlier Daimlers 79-84, new in 1957 with similar bodies, which were the first buses in the SHMD fleet with this type of destination display.
Also of note, just visible on the extreme left, is the rear of one of the former Stockport Longwell Green-bodied PD2s. Some of these did work at times from the Stalybridge depot, but this is probably on a working from Stockport here.
Photo taken by David Beilby, Friday 1 September 1972, Hyde Bus Station
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