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Pioneer, Rochdale RDV419H, ex-Western National 1468, a 1970 Bristol RELH6G with ECW C45F body.
Although not the hotbed of Manchester competition of Wilmslow Road, Rochdale Road saw its fair share of post-deregulation operators but all now seem to have succumbed to First. A fairly unlikely vehicle to appear on a competing service 17 (Manchester-Rochdale) was this ex Royal Blue coach operated by Whitehead (Pioneer) of Rochdale. Pioneer does live on, as one of the trading divisions of First.
Photo taken by the late Patrick Keeley, Tuesday 30 April 1996, Corporation St, Manchester
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