We have virtually every published book on local transport history, technical workshop manuals, around 200 periodical titles, over 2,000 time and fare tables, annual reports and accounts, commemorative brochures, Acts of Parliament, and examples of tickets from all the Greater Manchester operators.
Our Collection also includes the unique hand written minutes of SHMD Board, 1898 to 1969. The categories of documents held in our collection are shown below:
Our largest document: the South Lancashire Tramways Company map measuring 24 feet by 13 feet 6 inches from 6/3/29, 18 inches to 1 mile
There are many hundreds of maps in our collection.
Our collection of historical staff newsletters provides a great insight into day to day operations
Our collection of Greater Manchester's historic timetables and fare tables includes over 2,000 items.
We have a substantial collection of tickets and ticket rolls covering all the operators of Greater Manchester.
We have virtually every published book relating to Greater Manchester's local transport history, plus a large number of standard transport histories, histories of individual operators and manufacturers, directories and yearbooks.
Our document cllection includes relevant Acts of Parliament, Statutory Instruments / Orders, rule books, byelaws and regulations
Around 200 periodical titles are held, including the main enthusiast and professional magazines, with long runs of titles such as Buses Illustrated (later Buses), Commercial Motor, Coaching Journal, Motor Transport, and Tramway & Railway World (later Transport World).
Some of the most important items are the unique hand written minutes of the SHMD Joint Board, 1898-1969, and the personnel records, wages books, accident reports and similar internal documents produced by the various transport companies, and not intended for the general public. We also have a set of the Notices and Proceedings of the North Western Traffic Commissioners from 1930.
We also have:
We have a large collection of technical workshop manuals which are often used to help maintain our vehicles, as well as a set of reports from the Transport and Road Research Laboratory.
There are many hundreds of plans and drawings, for buildings, chassis and bodywork, and “deposited plans” for proposed tramways.
We have a comprehensive collection of commemorative brochures which often marked the official openings of new transport infrastructure such as garages and bus stations:
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