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Summersales Colliery   Views: 1824
Weighing at Summersales   Comments: 21
Photo: Phil Thoms   Item #: 24215  
Weighing at Summersales

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  A Leyland Titan built in April 1947 with bodywork by Massey Brothers of Pemberton who would take the finished vehicles to Summersales Colliery for weighing. The lorry seen behind the bus is on the weighbridge.  

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Comments by Garry, 8th December 2013  
But it's not a Wigan service bus, is it, ie Wigan Corporation!

Comments by JC, 8th December 2013  
So the fact that it was built in the Wigan boundary by Wiganers isn't good enough for you Garry.

Comments by Jack, 9th December 2013  
Long time since I walked to work down this road.

Comments by Albert., 9th December 2013  
Travelled umpteen times on similar buses, 1949, early 50s, from Lower Ince, to Maypole Colliery. Abram, mornings, noons, and nights. Like a fog upstairs, with cig smoke.

Comments by Alan H, 9th December 2013  
It's not a Wigan Corporation bus, it hasn't got the unique green lights either side of the destination board. It was built by Massey brothers for somebody else.

Comments by DerekB, 9th December 2013  
Where was Summersales Colliery? I had never heard of it until this pic appeared. I have asked around amongst other life long Wiganers and have drawn a complete blank with them.

Comments by RON HUNT, 9th December 2013  
Summersales colliery was near Pony Dick the new( well they are new to me <g>) houses, Merton Road etc. Are built on the site It overlooked Winstanley Park ormore commonly know as 'T long Wall It was a drift mine. Walked through the pit yard thousands of times Happy days.

Comments by Rev David Long, 9th December 2013  david@scars.org.uk 
DPY568, fleet number 32, was supplied to the Tees-side Railless Traction Company, and was withdrawn in 1961.
I hope you submit this pic to a more bus-related site, Phil. I'm sure it would be appreciated by bus enthusiasts, especially from the North-east - and they'd be amused that its first run was to coal mine.

Comments by P westhead, 9th December 2013  
Does anyone know where Southbank Station is?

Comments by DerekB, 9th December 2013  
Many thanks for enlightening me, Ron.

Comments by Garry, 9th December 2013  
One thing that stood out on all Wigan Corporation buses was the reg, EK and JP. ie C123 CJP or D123 DEK.

Comments by P westhead, 9th December 2013  
South Bank station,Redcar?( Google)

Comments by Albert., 9th December 2013  
Ron. In the early sixties, I recollect there being a drift mine along Billinge Road, towards Billinge, about half a mile beyond St Mattew's Church, just off the right hand side of the road, They referred this drift mine as Summerscales. When on the Highfield beat, on night shift, I would call in for a chat with the operatives, just inside, to the entrance to the drift. It is so long ago Ron, I may be a bit out with my actual location.

Comments by P westhead, 9th December 2013  
Alan,I now remember those green lights.What a memory jog this is. Thanks for that.

Comments by RON HUNT, 9th December 2013  
Albert you are on the right place. but it was called SUMMERSALES not SUMMERSCALES Put Sumnmersales into the search box and it will bring up some more pictures of this colliery which are on the site.

Comments by Rev David Long, 9th December 2013  david@scars.org.uk 
I've Googled you now, Phil - and see you've a lot more of such pics... having written the book on the Massey Brothers!

Comments by RON HUNT, 10th December 2013  
Looks like Phil has got the bus owners. PY was the registration lettering for the Middlesborough district.

Comments by baker boy, 10th December 2013  
southbank station is just about 3 miles from middlesborough town centre

Comments by greenfingers, 11th December 2013  
is the house in the foreground summersales hall ,before it was demolished they site had houses biult on it in 2007 i live hundred yards to the left our houses were biult in 1967 the field to the left i think was called highfield veiw

Comments by Phil Thoms, 10th June 2016  philthoms91@gmail.com 
Bus is a Leyland Titan PD1 built for Tees Side Railess Traction Board at Eston near Middlesbrough

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