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Old South Shields buses

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Two big yellow taxis

I’m a bit short of inspiration today, so I’ve delved into the archives to present these two old buses of the type that used to serve South Shields before the age of deregulation. I think they are Atlanteans (perhaps someone can confirm) and are shown in the livery of the old Tyne Wear Passenger Transport Executive. I pictured them at the Tyne Tees rally for vintage commercial vehicles in 2006 at the Bents Park in South Shields. The bus in the foreground is of an older vintage than the one in the background.

We have one or two buses left in the South Shields Busways depot in Dean Road still in the blue and cream livery of the South Shields Corporation, I don’t think I have a picture ofthem, so I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled!


Written by curly

September 27, 2007 at 12:01 am

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  1. I enjoy going to classic and vintage vehicle shows. Old bus colours seem more exciting than todays. I don’t know if you’ve put a photo of a new bus on, but it would make for an interesting comparison.


    September 27, 2007 at 9:54 pm

  2. I used to love going on the double decker buses with my Grandfather in Kirkcaldy. I those days there was even a conductor. These kinds of buses were also used in Singapore. I liked to sit up front on top.

    Colin Campbell

    September 27, 2007 at 10:45 pm

  3. Cool! I get fed up with red


    September 28, 2007 at 9:57 am

  4. Yes, Atlanteans, I remember when they were introduced into the Bolton area around 1960, the engine at the back was quite a revolution for a doubledecker.

    When all the towns around Greater Manchester became one county, all the buses where painted orange then, but are all private companies now.

    Although you don’t expect to see them here, several towns and cities here in British Columbia use Double Deckers on service routes, I dont know what make they are or where they are made.

    Dave Whalley

    September 29, 2007 at 5:48 am

  5. The one in the rear is a Alexander bodied Leyand Atlantean.

    the one in foreground looks to be a Roe bodied either an atlantean or Daimler Fleetline which leyland took over and rebadged as leyland fleetlines.


    November 7, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    • Sorry the one in the foreground is an early altantean PDR1


      November 8, 2010 at 9:38 am

      • The PDR1 is caryying the livery of Newcastle Corporation, for which it worked, and the rear atlantean carries as you mention the Tyne & Wear PTE colours.


        November 8, 2010 at 9:42 am

    • They’re both Alexander bodied Leyland Atlanteans. The one in the forground is ome of the first to entre service with what was then Newcastle Transport ‘Corporation owned’ and would have been based at either Byker or Slatyford depots, the one at the back is one of the later Alexander bodied Atlanteans, and is in what became the Tyne and Wear PTE livery, the cream has become white, and the maroon trim with red wheels is now blue. the logo was the result of a competiton run in local schools to design a logo for the newly formed PTE, it is said to depict the services being linked on either side of the two rivers, they are represented by the blue line through the middle. Ronnie

      Ronnie Hoye

      February 10, 2012 at 8:14 pm

  6. I think i have pics of the South Shield Corporation buses which you talk about at Dean Rd, i think one has been repainted into the Tyne & Wear PTE colours, let me know if you want them


    November 8, 2010 at 9:45 am

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