NOTE : Charles Hall's date differs from the "official" celebration date of 15th February.] The above pic shows the bus trundling back down Manchester Road. The 40 minute frequency on that Sunday afternoon was so successful that it ran again on the following Saturday. The route settled down with trips on Saturdays, Sundays and Thursdays; from 2nd March increasing at the weekends to every 20 minutes when an extra vehicle was purchased. [Info courtesy of Charles Hall's "Sheffield Transport"]
Indeed the 51 from City to Lodge Moor is the oldest service in the city to have escaped major change of route in nearly 100 years. [For those who like to be "picky" this assertion does NOT include changes made because of one way systems, turning arrangements etc., nor does the cross-city extension to Gleadless count!]
The service was extended from Broomhill into City on 25th October 1936.
A mile or so beyond Lodge Moor can be found Wyming Brook Drive,
So, why does fbb play Sherlock Holmes? What fiendish mysteries lie dormant in a simple bus picture?
The caption to the photo of bus No. 1 ...
But it's not at the top of the Drive ...
But in the middle! Observe the retaining wall behind the bus, then look to the very right of this old postcard ...
... the same retaining wall at the road junction part way up (or down?) Wyming Brook Drive!
Bingo! Q.E.D! Eureka!
So presumably the Corporation ran their pride and joy, their new motor omnibus, out there for a publicity picture. Or were they considering running via Wyming Brook? Probably not!
P.S. The later terminus of the Wyming Brook journeys was outside the same cottages as shown in the picture of the ECW bodied Leyland bus above. Google Streetview was there before the route extension was withdrawn, hence the stop sign.
Next blog : due Saturday August 6th