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Bus Crash

This photograph of a bus that crashed through the bridge at the bottom of Loftus Bank is featured in another image on the site. Howard Wilson’s grandfather worked for Garbutt Bros  and may have been called out to the rescue. Craig Colledge assisted with: ” I think that you will find that this was my grandad’s bus, George Colledge. I have various photographs at different angles of the accident blown up in frames on the wall. As I remember being told as a youngster it was at the bottom of Brotton. Grandad always said he has never seen so much raw eggs, live chickens and other animals thrown a cross the inside of a bus. (In them days you would take anything on board to market). The reason for the accident was that the steering failed. Or that is what he told me.” Craig also told the Archive: “The poster on the near side window which isn’t very clear was promoting Hinderwell Cinama. Grandad had the contract from Guisborough to Hinderwell at the time.”

Image and details courtesy of Howard Wilson, thanks to Craig Colledge for the updates.

In The Beck

Yes; once again a bus in the beck at the bottom of Mill Bank. Did Uptons have a bus service or is that just advertising on the side?
Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection.

Accident on Mill Bank, Loftus

I’d like to think that this is the remains of the bus we’ve seen hanging backwards over the parapet in previous posts – I certainly hope so for the passengers and driver’s sake! Derick Pearson has tod the Archive: “I have had a copy of this photograph for many years; I was told possibly 45 years ago that the conductress died in this accident as the winding handle of the ticket machine penetrated her skull in the impact. I wonder what they are searching for in the water (the man in the bus and the one at the near side)? Another gentleman at the far side with ropes ready, they certainly were not heavy enough to pull the bus out. This was an Upton Bus services bus of Redcar, not a United bus.

Image courtesy of Loftus Town Crier, thanks to Derick Pearson for the update.

Bus in Beck

Possibly 1927 I think we have a photograph like this taken from a different angle.
Image courtesy of the David Linton Collection, the Pem Holliday Collection, a CD collection by Derick Pearson and others.

Runaway Fair

It was 1920 when this vehicle from Crow’s fair ran away down Mill Bank; there are plenty of people there to give advice. Vehicles running backwards down Mill Bank was a common occurrence many years ago. Peter Turvey has advised: ”This photograph shows a very rare Showman’s road locomotive – one of the few traction centre engines built – they could act as the centre of a set of gallopers (a type of roundabout) as well as haul loads on the road.”

Image courtesy of several sources and thanks to Peter Turvey for that update.