and a 1928 bus built right here in York From York Press Alfred's father, also called Alfred, worked as a driver for most of his life first, in the 1920s, of heavy goods vehicles, and later as a contract driver on Rowntrees delivery vans.
The vans his dad drove, he's convinced, were built in the NMU joiners shop at the Foss Islands depot. "The main entry was on Foss Islands, with another entrance via Leake Street and Dundee Street from Lawrence Street," Mr Cahill says. "There was also an entrance in Elvington Terrace to the fitting shops via James Street." Reader Dave Reynolds, who started coach outlet coupons uggs the whole debate about the NMU factory when he sent in four photographs of the factory where his father worked after the war, believed his father's workshop was in Lansdowne Terrace. "(But) I don't remember any buses being built in Lansdown Terrace," Mr Cahill coach outlet purses name tags says. Mr Cahill himself started work in the fitting shop at NMU in May 1947 after serving in the Fleet Air Arm during the war, and remember seeing bus bodies being built up to 1950. "My brother David Cahill started work in the joiners shop on leaving school in 1951 and tells me coach canada bags sale that no buses were being built at that time at the NMU, only van bodies for contract vehicles," he says. Mr Cahill says the NMU fitting shops were taken in 1953 over by British Road Services (BRS), Britain's nationalised road transport company which had been set up a few years earlier in 1948. "As far as I remember the NMU contract side moved to Wigginton Road." Mr Cahill's photographs include one taken in 1925 showing his father with an NMU van (top) and another showing an early NMU van beside the city walls in about 1922. The 1953 BRS cricket team. Pictured are: Back row, l r: G Lord, C Harrison, R Bain, coach outlet handbags tj E Reynolds, E Addinall, Alf Cahill and J Butterworth. "When I was at Nunthorpe Grammar School in the 1950s, after school I used to cycle into Foss Islands Road and onto the railway platforms," he writes. "This is where cattle used to be off loaded from cattle trucks for the York market in Paragon Street. "At the time of my visits, the platforms were used for parking British Road Service lorries and vans. Many of the vans smelled strongly of chocolate as they were used for bringing cocoa to York, and finished chocolates to customers. "They were still part of the BRS set up under nationalisation. The entrance was via Leake Street off Lawrence Street, but the exit was via the narrow road (still in existence ) just into Foss Islands Road where the light coloured road 'sets' are still in existence." In 1953, Mr Dickson says, BRS was partly de nationalised. "The York activities were purchased by Rowntree Co Ltd, and were re named NMU (1953 ) Ltd, and moved to the New Earswick end of the Rowntree site. When Rowntree and Mackintosh merged, the transport side became Rowntree Mackintosh Transport Ltd.
" Mr Dickson, too, has sent in a couple of photographs. There is the one abopve shopwing a Rowntree van parked behind Foss Islands Road, and a second showing an early, 1928 20 seater bus belonging to Frank Reynard, with a body built at York by NMU. "The bus eventually came under the control of York Pullman," Mr Dickson says.
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