PAUL CHANCELLOR chooses three photographs from the Colour-Rail archive to illustrate half a century of transformation in Sheffield

Until 1969, the Sheffield undertaking was split into the corporationowned A fleet, the B fleet owned jointly by corporation and British Railways and the smaller railway-owned C fleet. All wore the same dark blue and cream colours, but only the A fleet carried the city coat of arms. This 1967 photograph shows 2179 (SWE 279) in the B fleet, a Weymann-bodied AEC Regent III new in 1954.

Life once was simple in Sheffield. It was served by its corporation fleet, which after 1960 and the closure of the original tram system, was an-all bus operation, albeit that ownership was mixed with British Railways owning parts of the fleet. BET’s East Midland and Yorkshire Traction provided longer distance services respectively to the south and north, while the corporations of Doncaster, Rotherham and Chesterfield also ran into the city.


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