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Photograph Taken On Saturday, December 12, 2020

The December 1973 bus and rail services map issued by the WMPTE, formed in 169 to amalgamate the old municipal bus operators of Birmingham, Walsall, West Bromwich & Wolverhampton as well as to play a role in funding local rail services. In 1973 they made the decision to purchase the considerable Black Country assets of the NBC subisidary "Midland Red" so as to enable integration across the whole of the Metropolitan County (as well as acquiring the Coventry municipal bus operations). This significant expansion of operating territory was fascinating for me - with my teenage "Travelcard" although it meant the loss of the ex-Wolverhampton 'Country Bus" routes that had long fascinated me! May of the routes had been 'jointly' operated for many years but over time a large recast of routes, services and route numbers would take place. This is the first WM map issued to show the new routes. It was quite demanding operating territory as around Dudley and Cradley Heath there are some stiff climbs and buses were well loaded in those days. The garages transferred included large numbers of ex-MR and BMMO constructed buses that must have taxed the PTE's engineers and their largely Daimler and Guy fleets and, I recall, the ex-MR vehicles weren't in the best of conditions. On the reverse of the map is a list of routes and information including a Westmidrail map, a brand I strangely don't recall! The oddest thing about this diagram is - have you noticed that on it the BR logo has been reversed so that the double arrows read the wrong way?View image on Flickr

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