Ashton amazement

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The bus has been immaculately restored. MoTGM

A veteran bus has returned to its home town after a painstaking restoration, reports Nick Larkin

A vintage bus which is almost 100 years old has returned to its native Tameside after decades dumped in a North Wales field, after which it was painstakingly restored to as-new condition in a Yorkshire shed.

Ashton Corporation bus number 8 was built in 1928 but by the 1930s it was already obsolete, so it was discarded to be used as a caravan for nearly half a century. The bus was then rescued and rebuilt to the same condition as it was on the day it left the factory, by a Yorkshire craftsman enthusiast. Now that the project is complete the bus has been returned to its home region where it’s going on permanent display at the Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester.


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