Before moving on and travelling through Dukinfield to Ashton-Under-Lyne, I forgot to show the EFE wartime Daimler. I repainted it to represent SHMD Fleet No.197. For some reason it's Brush body did not suffer the problems than the later peacetime Brush bodies suffered and in fact ran until 1960. It had an AEC engine bolted directly to the frame and was by no means a quiet bus. I remember the raunchy growl of these Daimler CWA's and even the normally pleasant epicyclic gearbox whine was magnified in volume.... This EFE wartime Guy Arab I with short bonnet and original wings was given the full Ashton red. white & blue treatment some years ago. FTC17 recieved a Crossley body in January 1951... By the time Ashton recieved more Guy's, the Ministry of war Transport had been persuaded to permit extra length at the front to take the Gardner 6LW engine. The front wings were also extended forward with a distinctive turned-up edge. Thereafter, all wartime Arab's were built with extended bonnet regardless of 5-cylinder or 6-cylinder engine. FTE 891 was rebodied by Roe in September 1955.... This is FTE 889 with its new Crossley body fitted in October 1952 is shown outside Ashton market hall in the town square where most of the services terminated in pre-bus station days. The Leyland PD2 in the background carries a Crossley 8' wide body.... The second of the post-war buses was GTJ 522, a Crossley bodied Crosssley DD42/3 delivered in February 1947. I don't think Corgi has done their model in Ashton colours..... They looked quite different in later years with flush-mounted rubber-surround window pans and of course the post-1955 light blue livery. Ashton was the first operator in the Manchester area to adopt a simpler colour scheme. GTJ 521 was withdrawn in July 1965 and sold to Auto Spares, Bingley. Almost all the bodies in this view are by Crossley, the odd one out (extreme right) being by Charles Roe.... Ashton also had a trolleybus system. LTC 772 was a Crossley Empire delivered in January 1950 with Manchester design body. The dark blue was difficult to patch paint and tended to highlight the scars of daily life.