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Hi Alf....I knew you worked there from a posting I read somewhere last night....I did try to send you a P.M but your box is full, so I though I would find the photo's out and post them.....I am glad that you and Di like them....
I started Tyburn in 1985, 22 years later I am still with Travel, but for my sins I am based at Wolverhampton....working from 6 in the evening until 02.00 am.....
The only old names I can think of would be.......Jimmy Banks, Denis Gilman, Brian Hanies.....I cannot think of too many, I moved out about 1991ish to Walsall, Tyburn closed about 1993, transfered to Walsall, then closed completely in 95, with some section being transfered to other garages, including Adderley Street, and all the trim to Miller Street......Adderley Street is now gone also....Miller street next....the word is that Miller street is going to be pulled down, then a new workshop will be built, and Perry Barr fleet being relocated there and Perry Barr being sold off......its only a rumour at the moment....but we do know that we have brought Miller Street itself not just the garage but all the land....we are trying to relocate the firm at the top of Miller Street and Newton Row some where else....Of all the Birmingham Bus Garages you must have visited only Perry Barr, Liverpool Street (Birmingham Central), Lea Hall, Accoks Green and Yardley Wood are still in use, the rest have gone.......outside of Brum...Covenrty, Westbrom. Merry Hill (new garage 1999) Walsall and Wolverhampton, the midlands must have losted 30 plus garages over the last 25 years........and the chances of either Yardley Wood or Acocks Green going in the near future is quite high....the plan in the early 1990s was to have 5 super garages, it looks like that is still the plan....my garage has 232 buses was or still could be the largest public transport garage in the country if not Europe...I was told the world....but ....all I know its hard work trying to get 204 of them out everyday apart from Sunday to meet service requirements........John
Brilliant pictures! My husband was a bus driver back in the 60's I think it was the 56. He loves to tell the story of how he took a bus out with no seats upstairs. He couln't understand when he got to the first stop why eveyone was comming back down stairs. Apparently not his fault i'm not so sure! te he.
Alf, your reply 7. Did you know a Ray Wallpole he did his apprenticeship in the body shop at Tyburn Road in the 50s, such a great pal of mine, lost touch in the 60s when he moved up to Cumbria, We both played ICE HOCKEY WITH THE BIRMINGHAM BARONS at SPRINGHILL.
He opened his own body & paint work shop in the alley off Orphanage Rd Erdington,(were Colliers are today) had some great times doing Saturday work for him just to help out. O0
Miller Street at the moment is where West Midlands Travel keep their reserve fleet......what this means is sometimes when a garage cannot meet its full service because some of their buses have broken down or whatever, they can if needed use a spare bus or two from this reserve...
Not all the vehicles at Miller Street are used for this purpose.....some of them will be broken down for their parts....body bits, glass, mechanical parts...can and will be used to keep other buses in the company on the road....others that fall in between the two are sold off to anybody that can afford one....with certain terms attached.....like you cannot use them on local routes to WMT.....
I remember these works very well. In the mid 70's I worked for Serck collecting radiators for repair and used to go into Tyburn Rd stores twice a day Monday to Friday. Then Liverpool St became the main service/repair centre in the early 80's. Fleetline and Metrobus rads were heavy.
I also used to deliver number plates to MCW and, as my dad worked in the stores, used to walk around the workshops watching buses being built. Anyone remember seeing just the bus chassis being driven from Washwood Heath by well wrapped up drivers (to London I believe) - not a nice job!!