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tram at Hindley Bird
Photo: aitch
Views: 3,663
Item #: 14415
electric tram at Hindley turnround, street is now blocked off

Comment by: Bill Eatock on 5th April 2010 at 22:34

Great picture! Does anyone know which company built those trolley buses and what electric power units they used?

Comment by: Derek in Aus on 5th April 2010 at 22:42

That is a Trolley bus (Not A Tram) at the terminus in Hindley--Gilbert Street, The bus conductor in the picture is my brother-in-law Teddy Baldwin

Comment by: Jean Jones on 6th April 2010 at 00:55

Wow, never seen one of these, great pic. The church wall is half that size now too.

Comment by: Gerry on 6th April 2010 at 10:06

These stopped running in 1956 at the time of the Suez crisis
I travelled on these to Atherton with my mum from the Bird at Hindley....Happy Days

Comment by: Maurice Tyrer on 6th April 2010 at 12:02

Great photo,we used to watch them turning round there,the conducter had a long pole,must have been on the other side of the bus, to unhook and then hook the rails up again to the power cables.Trolley buses were very quick off the mark,very hard to jump on one once it was on its way,very quiet as well.Its Church St by the way.

Comment by: Evelyn on 6th April 2010 at 20:48

Yes Maurice is right, this is Church Street but at the bottom end the name changes to Gilbert Street

Comment by: W.P on 6th April 2010 at 21:52

I used to remember when the building to the left was Viking video library early 80's. Does ayone know what the building was at the time of this photo. It looks rather grand for a private dwelling.

Comment by: Eric Turner on 6th April 2010 at 22:58

The long pole for moving the trolley pulley was kept in a long tube built internally under the body of the bus and inserted from the rear. When the pullies where disconnected the bus could be moved slowly under its battery power and then reconnected to the wires. E.T.

Comment by: barry hohnson on 7th April 2010 at 20:50

was it a car shop next door to vickin vodeo shop

Comment by: Derek in Aus on 7th April 2010 at 22:41

W.P.They were all private homes The only shop near was
opposite the Rex---A sweet shop.

Comment by: steve on 8th April 2010 at 19:40

I remember your brother in law Teddy Baldwin,Derek did he live in Platt Bridge?

Comment by: Derek in Aus. on 9th April 2010 at 00:06

Steve, Teddy originally came from Millers Lane, Platt Bridge,was living in Bickershaw When this photo would have been taken, He married a lass From Bamfurlong--Maureen.
He passed away a few years ago.

Comment by: Maurice Tyrer on 9th April 2010 at 09:21

The shop opposite the Rex was Mrs Rossingtons,Rossies,she sold most things,we went in loads of times when we were kids,mainly for neighbours from 1st Ave.

Comment by: barry johnson on 21st April 2010 at 16:29

good old time you cant beat it today is all drink and drugs

Comment by: barry johnson on 21st April 2010 at 16:39

who remembers the bickershaw festival in 1972

Comment by: barry hohnson on 21st April 2010 at 19:27

good old time you cant beat it today; is all drink and drugs NOW am happy i dont drink i dont do drugs

Comment by: an owd navies lumper on 19th September 2011 at 22:56

i was born in the navies lump [ liverpool road hindley]an i can remember the trolley busses traveling down liverpool road passed the old labour exchange ,were the road used to have asharp bend if the trolley bus was on its way to platt bridge and sometimes running a bit late ,it was a bit faster than normally ,hence causing the pulleys on the trolley lines to jump off the wires and be swinging in mid air sometimes hitting the upstairs front windows of the 1st row of terraced houses after the labour exchange owd jinny Dunn and her neighbour mother green as she was known thing a couple of workmen from the LUT depot would arrive with ladders and glass to replace thier broken windows this happened pretty regular ...good old days ....

Comment by: Darren hurst on 5th November 2020 at 22:04

My mum and dad owned viking video in early 80's,great memories

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