Oldham bus No 65 BU 7104.
The gentleman that sent this photo in for restoration has spent a life long time on The history of Oldham Transport. He worked for the corporation for many years and was often called on to photograph memorable instances, and now that he has retired he intends cataloguing his collection which covers everything from the trams to the demise of the service when First Bus took over.
He asked “Please find enclosed a photo of an Oldham bus which looks like it is in a dust storm, (we don’t get many in Shaw). It was taken in 1958 with a cheap camera on a poor day and it is the only one I have of that type. I would be grateful if you could do anything to improve it”.
The poor quality of the aging photograph was not the issue here, it was obviously the “sand storm” that was driving him to despair. It was fairly easy to remedy so I also enhanced it as much as possible and perhaps one day in the future I’ll give it a second shot and surprise him with an even better result at my cost.
Oldham bus No 65, registration BU 7104. A Leyland TS4 Roe body, new in 1932 and later sold to A.A. Crompton of Shaw in June 1948 for staff transport. In May 1959 it was sold to Jimmy Bollesty for scrap.
The photo was taken at Goats in front of the Woodend Mill. The information was somewhat sketchy but I believe this was in Crompton somewhere around Smallbrook Rd, and not Oldham as I first thought. I found good references to ‘Goats’ and have traced the mill even though the original burnt down in 1920 (Scroll down page for Woodend Mill). However the company that bought the bus in 1948 was definitely A. and A. Crompton and Co.