Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Greater Manchester’s Passenger Transport Executive, 2009
In 1969, the local authority buses of South East Lancashire and North East Cheshire combined into one giant - SELNEC. Forty years later its legacy still lives on as GMPTE, and in November 2009 the Museum of Transport in Manchester held a commemoration to bring back buses from those forty years of history.
On Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November 2009, the Museum of Transport’s ‘SELNEC 40’ weekend brought together buses that were acquired, or bought new, by SELNEC or Greater Manchester PTE. Based at the Museum, the event featured displays from the Museum’s extensive archive collection; and free bus services to and from Victoria station and the Selnec Preservation Society’s display held the same weekend at Sportcity next to Manchester City’s football ground.
This video tells the story of the event, from opening up the doors in the morning till cleaning up and switching off the lights at night. In between the video watches the buses coming and going, records some of the human side of running a big event, and takes a ride on two of the Museum’s buses - Leyland National SELNEC EX30 and Leyland Atlantean Bury 116.
BONUS FEATURE: over 50 photos from the Museum of Transport’s archives, depicting buses from the SELNEC and GMT eras, added as a slide show from the DVD menu.
Video length: 42 minutes, plus slide show 7 minutes