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There seems to have been some sort of vehicle crisis at GMT’s Oldham depot in the winter of 1974/5 as a lot of unfamiliar vehicles appeared in service. One of the most surprising, given that Oldham’s fleet was all-Leyland at the time of the formation of SELNEC, was a group of ex-Rochdale Regent Vs. 6204, ODK704, was one of these and is seen in the lay-by at the then fairly new bus station at Oldham Mumps on a very murky January day. Behind is one of Oldham’s once-elegant Roe-bodied PD2s. 6204 was one of ten Rochdale Regents that had Gardner 6LW engines and Monocontrol transmission.
The transformation of this area is about to be completed at the time of writing. The bus station has gone as has the railway bridge and embankment in the background. In its place is Metrolink crossing a completely-remodelled road junction, but from January 27th 2014 trams will start to operate instead through Oldham Town Centre including a new stop on the site of this bus station, the stop also acting as a bus interchange.
Photo taken by David Beilby, Wednesday 8 January 1975, Mumps, Oldham
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