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Oldham 153, LBU153E, part of the third batch of Roe-bodied Atlanteans numbered 153-160 new in 3/67, is heading for Chadderton Hall Park on the 4 route.
Oldham Corporation received 56 Atlanteans (121-71/78-82) before SELNEC was established in 11/69 and a further 17 previously ordered by Oldham, were then delivered to the new authority (183-99). We have to be grateful to Alan Holland and the Oldham 163 Group for saving 'F' registered fleetnumber 163, because it is the only one that now exists. The Group did buy 143, one of the 'D' registered batch, but it was found to be in poor condition and tried to buy 159 from a Scottish berry picker, but this proved fruitless. The area on the photograph is now occupied by the A627M and Royton roundabout wasw constructed to the left and Oldham Athletic F.C.'s floodlights are in the centre of the shot, along with one of the many mill chimnies that used to commonplace in the town.
Initial work had begun on the construction project and some houses at the bottom of Burnley Lane had been demolished. It's interesting to look at the construction equipment involved in those days and compare with that used nowadays.
Photo taken by Peter Hadfield, 1969/70, Junction Burnley Lane and Broadway Chadderton, Oldham
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