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United Bus at Redcar 1920s

Eamann O Ruairc tells us: “The man standing in front of it is my grandfather, Michael (Mick) Magee. He began working as a driver, but since he was a very skilled mechanic (he had served his time as a motor mechanic and had spent World War I as a driver in the Army Service Corps on the Western Front) he was soon put to work as a mechanic in the depot in Dormanstown. During his stay in Redcar; Mike became deeply involved in trade unionism and in socialist politics. At some point he became the chauffeur of a Fabian MP. Whether this was a full-time job or a part-time one I do not know. Mike may have worked for the Transport Workers Union and was also very active in the organisation of the 1926 general strike. In 1930 he emigrated to Detroit where he became a key figure in the trade unions in the Ford factories”. Craig White tells us: “Looks like Redcar Lane Cemetery chapel in background , so this would be Thwaites Lane running up to the Racecourse stands”.

Image and information courtesy of Eamann O Ruairc; Eamann is also seeking further information about United Bus Company in Redcar in the early 1920s. Thanks to Craig White for the update regarding location of this image.


Yes bus drivers left Alan Chilton and right Frank Birtwhistle at the United garage East Loftus about 1962. The garage was later taken over by Arriva and is now closed.
Image and details courtesy of Alan Chilton.


Do you remember Redcar bus station like this? I do. Tony Chambers tells us: ”I to remember the bus station; it was on the left at top of High Street coming in from Marske side. I was born in Redcar (1947) and left when I was 10 years old. I can remember the cinema behind or very near the clock tower. There was a children’s clinic next to cinema where we had to go each week for a spoon of thick orange juice (tasty!). The Library right side of clock on corner. Marks and Spencer’s a little further up the High Street on left of clock. King’s Ice cream on the coast road near Zetland park. I can go on and on. I have not been there since around 1961.”

” Peter Dale has memories of the Redcar bus station: “Now a car park! Quite often the buses would run away backwards, towards Lord Street, crossing the road and ending up in the Granby Café (Later to become Redcar Citizen’s Club) or the cottage next door; wooden blocks were chained to the railing stanchions at each bus stand to prevent this happening.”

Image courtesy of Mike Holliday and others, thanks to Tony Chambers for the additional information on Redcar, also to Peter Dale for his update.


I don’t remember buses with names, it says Saltburn, Redcar and Marske on the side so I am presuming this was it’s route.

Bus at Easington Church

Difficult to say which Company owned this bus, but if it was the Loftus Company, then they eventually went bust and their assets were obtained by Mr Keith Watson at Saltburn.  When his Bus enterprise failed they were all bought up by what went on to become The Saltburn Motor Services being taken over in  August 1974 by Cleveland Transit. This company in turn becoming part of the Stagecoach group which no longer serves East Cleveland. How the wheels turn.

Image courtesy of Stan Ward (via Carlin How Community Centre), thanks to Chris Hall for his update.

On The Buses

Some of Norman’s workmates from the United bus depot at East Loftus, Norman is standing at the back next to Don Pinkney, fifth from the left in the second row is Glady’s Pinkney (nee Pearson);whilst Ernest Shaw is identified as first left on back row by his son Derek Shaw.Don McKenzie has identified: “gentleman second right with pipe is Alf Watts.” The Archive would welcome any more names of the drivers and clippies?

Image courtesy of Loftus Town Council and thanks to Derek Shaw and Don McKenzie for additional identifications.

Bus on Carlin How Bank

Classic photograph  – of a Bedford Duple and that it is the 1950’s.  Alan Chilton advises us that this was part of the Saltburn Motor Services (Kelly Watsons) fleet operating from Loftus to Saltburn via Liverton Mines. That number plate would be worth a fortune! 

Thanks to Alan Chilton for the update.

Kilton Mill

A very busy day on Mill Bank – two buses! – a lovely view of Kilton Beck and Kilton Mill; with Duck Hole pit in the background to the left.

Charabanc Trip?

This image bears the caption: ”Cleveland Train Service, Loftus and Skinningrove Motor Express”. We believe this is an image of the bus service laid on by the North Eastern Railway when Kilton viaduct was being converted to an embankment; showing an open bus outside Loftus Station. Simon Chapman has advised us: ”It took from 1907 to 1914 to convert Kilton Viaduct to an embankment and trains continued running; but in January 1911 cracks were noticed in a pier so trains were halted for a fortnight whilst extra tipping took place to safeguard the structure. This charabanc service operated between Loftus and Skinningrove Stations for those two weeks, and trains from Liverton Mines had to get to Cargo Fleet via Whitby and Battersby.” A view of the filling in of the Kilton Viaduct can be view on the site.

Many thanks to Simon Chapman for the information.