In fact so desolate that some of the fare stages could only be described by "fourth milestone from Hebden Bridge" etc. One of my most treasured possessions is my 1960 fare book which I often dip into with great pleasure.Regarding the 19 route I still shudder even now in the car at how they went on in the icy Winters – there is a "Swiss style" treacherous hill near to Hebden Bridge with minimal edge protection and a wicked sheer drop in the event of a mishap.
This Roe L27/28R Bristol K5G was delivered to Keighley – West Yorkshire (as K383) in April 1950.Over sixty-one years later KDG26 is seen passing through the impressive arch of the Halifax Piece Hall when taking a very active part in the Heart of the Pennines Event in October 2011. This epic picture of what is still, today, a magnificent vehicle and in fine condition and brings back happy memories for me from the days in the early 1960s when I was a young conductor at WY’s Ilkley depot.At that time the staff position at Keighley was critical and we were often sent there to help out, on completely unfamiliar routes of course.On one occasion I was sent on route 19 to Hebden Bridge and, my word, what a wild and desolate, but beautiful nevertheless, route it is.CWX 671 was new to KWY in 1938 and is a Bristol K5G, but the bodywork is not what one might expect, being by Roe rather than by ECW, and is to L27/28R layout being rebodied in 1950, it originally did have an ECW L27/26R body.
We see her in North Albert Street, on the corner of Kent Street, Fleetwood, arriving to take her place for Tram Sunday on 20 July 2003.It was actually 1932 when Keighley Corporation "gave way" into Keighley West Yorkshire Services Ltd.Also, after the April 1954 renumbering, these DGs never had the fleet number on the front dash as shown here.Before the April 1954 renumbering, they DID carry fleet numbers here.These Roe bodies were of exceptional quality and were ordered because ECW were unable to carry out the total rebody requirement for the K class pre war buses.It was part of a wider "ex Tilling Group" exercise with United Automobile also being involved.