The Museum’s focus is the history of road passenger transport in Greater Manchester and there are over seventy buses and other vehicles on display. It is a ‘working’ museum, with as many vehicles as possible maintained in full working order. This helps give the Museum the atmosphere of a bus garage of bygone years, lending a realistic setting to the vehicles themselves. Maintenance and restoration is undertaken by the Museum’s volunteers.

 

You can look inside several vehicles but some are fragile, so unfortunately we can't open them all. Please ask staff if you would like to see inside a particular vehicle. Vehicles often move around and many are on the road, so not all of our collection will be on public display when you visit.

Vehicles are detailed below by type and operator. Some of the vehicles described may not be present at the Museum, being on display elsewhere, or in storage. Our vehicles are often used on free heritage bus services to and from the Museum – please see our events page for details.

 

Horse Buses

 

Manchester Carriage and Tramways Company

  • L2 - Manchester Carriage & Tramways Company - Horse bus, from 1890

 

Tramways

 

South Lancashire Tramways

  • 65 - Brush - Tram, from 1906

 

Motor Buses

 

Modern bus services in Greater Manchester were originally provided by corporations (local authorities), with additional services operated by private companies.
 

Corporations

 

Ashton-under-Lyne Corporation Passenger Transport

  • 44 - PTE 944C - Leyland Titan PD2/37 - Double deck bus, from 1965

 

Bolton Corporation Transport

  • 77 - JBN 153 - Leyland Titan PD2/13 - Double deck bus, from 1956

 

Bury Corporation Transport

  • 177 - BEN 177 - AEC Regent III 9613A - Double deck bus, from1952
  • 116 - REN 116 - Leyland Atlantean PDR1/1 - Double deck bus, from 1963

 

Leigh Corporation Motors

  • 84 - FTB 11 - Leyland Titan TD7 - Double deck bus, from 1941
  • 15 - PTC 114C - AEC Renown 3B3RA - Double deck bus, from 1965

 

Manchester Corporation Transport

  • 28 - VR 5742 - Leyland Tiger TS2 - Single deck bus, from 1930
  • 436 - ANB 851 - Crossley Mancunian - Double deck bus, from 1934
  • 526 - AXJ 857 - Leyland Titan TD3 - Chassis, from 1934
  • 2150 - JND 791 - Crossley DD42/8S - Double deck bus, from 1949
  • 3166 - JNA 467 - Leyland Titan PD1/3 - Double deck bus, from 1949
  • 3245 - JND 646 - Leyland Titan PD2/3 - Double deck bus, from 1951
  • 25 - NNB 125 - Leyland Royal Tiger PSU1/13 - Single deck bus, from 1953
  • 3460 - PND 460 - Leyland Titan PD2/12 - Double deck bus, from 1956
  • 3496 - TNA 496 - Leyland Titan PD2/40 - Double deck bus, from 1958
  • 3520 - TNA 520 - Leyland Titan PD2/34 - Double deck bus, from 1958
  • 3629 - UNB 629 - Leyland Atlantean PDR1/1 - Double deck bus, from 1960
  • 55 - 3655 NE - Leyland Tiger Cub PSUC1/12 - Single deck bus, from 1962
  • 4632 - 4632 VM - Daimler CVG6K - Double deck bus, from 1963
  • RM1414 - 414 CLT - AEC Routemaster 2R2RH - Double deck bus, from 1963
  • 74 - BND 874C Leyland Panther Cub - Single deck bus, from - 1965
  • 1001 - HVM 901F - Leyland Atlantean PDR1/1 - Double deck bus, from 1968

 

Oldham Corporation Passenger Transport

  • 246 - DBU 246 - Leyland Titan PD1/3 - Double deck bus, from 1947
  • 368 - FBU 827 - Crossley DD42/8 - Double deck bus, from 1950
  • 394 - NBU 494 - Leyland Titan PD2/20 - Double deck bus, from 1957

 

Ramsbottom Urban District Council Transport

  • 17 - HTB 656 - Leyland Tiger PS1 - Single deck bus, from 1946
  • 11 - TTD 386H - Leyland Titan PD3/4 - Double deck bus, from 1969

 

Rochdale Corporation Transport

  • 235 - HDK 835 - AEC Regent III - Double deck bus, from 1951
  • 280 - NDK 980 - AEC Regent V D2RA6G - Double deck bus, from 1956

 

Salford Corporation Transport

  • 235 - BBA 560 - AEC Regent I O661 - Double deck bus, from 1939
  • 112 - TRJ 112 - Daimler CVG6 - Double deck bus, from 1962
  • 214 - DBA 214C - Leyland Atlantean PDR1/1 - Double deck bus, from 1965
  • 254 - FRJ 254D - Leyland Titan PD2/40 - Double deck bus, from 1966

 

SHMD (Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley & Dukinfield Transport Board)

  • 70 - UMA 370 - Atkinson PD746 - Double deck bus, from 1955

 

Stockport Corporation Transport

  • 185 - JA 7585 - Leyland Tiger TS7 - Single deck bus, from 1935
  • 308 - EDB 562 - Leyland Titan PD2/1 - Double deck bus, from 1951
  • 321 - EDB 575 - Crossley DD42/7 - Double deck bus, from 1951
  • 408 - KDB 408F - Leyland Leopard PSU4/1R - Single deck bus, from 1968
  • 91 - MJA 891G - Leyland Titan PD3/14 - Double deck bus, from 1969
  • 97 - MJA 897G - Leyland Titan PD3/14 - Double deck bus, from 1969

 

Wigan Corporation Transport

  • 57 - HEK 705 - Leyland Titan PD3A/2 - Double deck bus, from 1961

 

Private Companies

 

A Mayne & Son

  • 8860 VR - AEC Regent V 2D3RA - Double deck bus, from 1964

 

Lancashire United Transport (LUT)

  • 27 - 122 JTD - Guy Arab IV - Double deck bus, from 1959
  • 97 - 561 TD - Daimler Fleetline - Double deck bus, from 1962

 

North Western

  • 432 - AJA 152 - Bristol K5G - Double deck bus, from 1939
  • 270 - BJA 425 - Bristol L5G - Single deck bus, from 1946
  • 224 - CDB 224 - Leyland Titan PD2/1 - Double deck bus, from 1947
  • 174 - DDB 174C - Daimler Fleetline CRG6LX - Double deck bus, from 1965

 

Ribble

  • C295 - CK 3825 - Leyland Lion PLSC1 - Single deck bus, from 1927
  • VY 957 - Leyland Lion PLSC3 - Single deck bus, from 1929

 

In 1968 the Government decided to reorganise bus services in the metropolitan counties such as Greater Manchester and Passenger Transport Executives (PTEs) were created to provide local bus services instead. Known as SELNEC (South East Lancashire and North East Cheshire), the PTE took over bus services on 1 November 1969. Eventually most of North Western and LUT were integrated with the PTE, whilst A Mayne & Son and Ribble remained separate.
 

Passenger Transport Executive

 

SELNEC

  • 1205 - SRJ 328H - Leyland Atlantean PDR2/1 - Double deck bus, from 1970
  • 7001 - VNB 101L - Leyland Atlantean AN68/1R - Double deck bus, from 1972
  • EX30 - TXJ 507K - Leyland National 1151/2R/0202 - Single deck bus, from 1972

 

On 1 April 1974 the area covered by the Passenger Transport Executive changed, with Wigan now being included, due to the creation of the new Metropolitan County of Greater Manchester. SELNEC therefore became Greater Manchester Transport which now incorporated Wigan Corporation Transport.

 

Greater Manchester Transport

  • 5871 - KJA 871F - Leyland Titan PD3/14 - Double deck bus, from 1968
  • 1722 - XVU 352M - Seddon Pennine IV-236 - Midibus, from 1974
  • 5083 - ORJ 83W - MCW Metrobus DR102/21 - Double deck bus, from 1981
  • 3065 - B65 PJA - Leyland Olympian ONLXB/1R - Double deck bus, from 1984
  • 5208 - C208 FVU - MCW Metrobus DR132/8 - Double deck bus, from 1986

 

Deregulation on 26 October 1986 meant that Greater Manchester Transport’s bus operations had been transferred to a separate company, Greater Manchester Buses Limited. Trading as GM Buses, the company was eventually split into two and privatised, after both parts spent a brief period in employee ownership. GM Buses North (GMN) became First Manchester and GM Buses South (GMS Buses) became Stagecoach Manchester. Other operators were free to start operating bus services after Deregulation and these included Bee Line.
 

GM Buses

  • 4706 - A706 LNC - Leyland Atlantean AN68D/1R - Double deck bus, from 1984
  • 1676 - D676 NNE - MCW Metrorider MF151/3 - Minibus, from 1987

 

The Bee Line Buzz Company

  • 63 - D63 NOF - Freight Rover Sherpa 350 - Minibus, from 1986

 

Coaches

 

Warburton’s

  • HTF 586 - Bedford OB - Single deck coach, from 1947

 

Yelloway Motor Services

  • YDK 590 - AEC Reliance 2MU3RA - Single deck coach, from 1961
  • HVU 244N - AEC Reliance 6U3ZR - Single deck coach, from 1975

 

Ellen Smith

  • SDK 442 - Leyland Worldmaster RT3/2 - Single deck coach, from 1958

 

R Bullock

  • LMA 284 - Foden PVSC6 - Single deck coach, from 1949

 

W Alexander & Sons (Scottish)

  • PA164 - CWG 206 - Leyland PS1 - Single deck coach, from 1950

 

Trolleybuses

 

Ashton-under-Lyne Corporation Passenger Transport

  • 80 - LTC 774 - Crossley Empire TDD42/2 - Trolleybus, from 1950

 

Manchester Corporation Transport

  • 1250 - JVU 755 - Crossley Dominion TDD64/1 - Trolleybus, from 1951

 

Electric Buses

 

Greater Manchester Transport

  • EX62 - GNC 276N - Seddon / Lucas - Midibus, from 1975

 

Light Rail

 

Metrolink

  • 1000 - Officine Casertane Caserta (Italy) - T68 Light rail vehicle (LRV) body (prototype), from 1990

 

Ancillary Vehicles

 

Bolton Corporation Transport

  • 2 - CWH 717 - Leyland Titan PD2/4 - Tower wagon, from 1948

 

Lancashire United Transport

  • LSU 282 - AEC Matador 0853 - Recovery vehicle, from 1943

 

Manchester Corporation Transport

  • A118 - HVM 93 - Thornycroft Sturdy - Tower wagon, from 1947

 

Stockport Corporation Transport

  • 106 - YM 9410 - Karrier - Recovery vehicle, from 1926

 

Wigan Corporation Transport

  • AEC Matador 0853 - Recovery vehicle, from 1941

 

Local Services

 

Manchester Corporation Cleansing Department

  • 156 - JNA 256 - Lacre - Road Sweeper, from 1948

 

Salford Corporation Fire Brigade

  • BRJ 333 - Leyland TL - Turntable Escape Fire engine, from 1941

 

Accessible Transport

 

Ring and Ride

 
Greater Manchester Accessible Transport Limited, trading as Ring and Ride, is funded by Transport for Greater Manchester. It began in 1985 and provides a door-to-door accessible minibus service for people of all ages who find it difficult to use ordinary public transport.

 

  • W4 - M939 XKA - Mercedes-Benz 609D - Minibus, from 1994

 

Commercial

 

Beverley's Beers

  • 6 - AHL 622 - Leyland Beaver 12IB - Brewery Lorry, from 1946

 

 

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