This picture of a Stockton Corporation Leyland PD2 takes me back to the late 1960s when I was working as an electrician for Teesside Municipal Transport. Conductors and conductresses were being phased out at that time as the ‘Back Loader’ buses were being replaced with Leyland Atlanteans for ‘One Man Operation’.
The electric shop had five staff members, a foreman, a chargehand, an electrician, an apprentice and a labourer. I was the electrician and one of the jobs I dreaded was trudging around the ice encrusted depot yard on Portrack Lane, dragging a trolley loaded with batteries and jump starting these grand old buses in time for the works and school runs.
Photograph and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.