SD8203 : Trans Lancs Rally, Manchester Streamliner Livery

taken 3 years ago, near to Prestwich, Bury, Great Britain

Trans Lancs Rally, Manchester Streamliner Livery
Trans Lancs Rally, Manchester Streamliner Livery
DBN 978, a Crossley half cab single decker dates from 1949 and was originally in service with Bolton Corporation Transport. In 2013, it was repainted to represent a typical Manchester Corporation bus from World War II*.

In the 1930s streamlining was highly fashionable in most forms of transport; particularly trains, cars and later, aircraft. Manchester Corporation introduced the first version of its famous “Streamline Livery” in 1936 and it was applied almost exclusively to buses built specifically for it.

The Streamline livery was modifies a number of times between 1936 and 1950, after which a simpler livery was applied without the swoops and flashes; saving considerable time and expense during painting. This bus is presented with the livery as it was ca 1940 with grey roof and wartime markings.

* LinkExternal link contains a discussion about the repainting of the post war bus in wartime colours.

The Trans Lancs Historic Vehicle Rally is organised by Greater Manchester Transport Society. It is their annual rally which traditionally takes place on the first Sunday in September and finishes at Heaton Park. It the largest event of its kind held in the North of England. Each year, it attracts over two hundred vehicles of all types from the ever-popular buses to the smaller groups of classic cars, motorcycles, trucks, vans, fire engines, and army trucks.
Heaton Park :: SD8304
Heaton Park, which comprises the grounds of a Grade I listed neoclassical 18th-century country house, Heaton Hall (SD8304 : Heaton Hall) is located 4 miles north of Manchester city centre. Covering an area reported as over 640 acres, it is the biggest park in Greater Manchester and one of the largest municipal parks in Europe. Heaton Park is listed Grade 2 on the English Heritage Register of Parks and there are nine listed structures in the park. Details can be found on the English Heritage website LinkExternal link .

Heaton Park was sold to Manchester City Council in 1902, by the Earl of Wilton, to be kept for the enjoyment and recreation of the public. Manchester Council later used part of the north side of the park for the construction of a large gravity feed reservoir; interrupted by the First World War, this work was only completed in the 1920s. A municipal golf course (SD8304 : Heaton Park Golf Course) was also laid out and a large boating lake excavated (SD8303 : Heaton Park Boating Lake). The former facade of the first Manchester Town Hall on King Street (SD8303 : Heaton Park - Town Hall Colonnade) was re-erected as a backdrop to the lake.

During the First World War the Manchester Pals used the park as a training depot. The park was also used as the site of a Royal Air Force depot in the Second World War.

At the end of the 20th century the park was renovated and some of the buildings and original vistas from the 18th century landscape design were restored as part of a millennium project partnership between the Heritage Lottery Fund and Manchester City Council.

LinkExternal link Heaton Park website
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Date Taken
Sunday, 7 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 15 September, 2014
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Historic sites and artefacts  Park and Public Gardens  Suburb, Urban fringe  Roads, Road transport  People, Events 
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Panasonic DMC-G3 
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Transport 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 828 037 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:31.7914N 2:15.5843W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 828 037
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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