End of an era as ex-workers gather before former bus depot is demolished

Former bus depot workers gathered for a reunion to mark the 'end of an era' for a historic site.

Sunday, 15th April 2018, 3:04 pm
Updated Sunday, 15th April 2018, 3:11 pm
Former Northern bus drivers take a last look at the old Philadelphia depot.

The former Philadelphia bus depot is set to be demolished this summer, 113 years after first opening as a tram depot.

The site - which at one point had more than 200 workers - closed in 1989, and is now to make way for a new development.

Former Northern bus driver Andy Robson says it will be the 'end of an era'.

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Prior to it being demolished, about 50 former staff came together at the depot to reminisce, and they were joined by three historic buses for the occasion.

Andy Robson, 61, who worked at the depot between 1978 and 1986 as both a driver and a diesel fitter, has fond memories of his time at Philadelphia.

He said: "It was a good place to work, and it was great to see a lot of people there for the reunion.

"There were some people there I hadn't seen for 30 years and you don't recognise them as everyone changes.

The site was first opened as a tram depot in 1905.

"It was a nice place to work. It was friendly.

"If you had a problem, you stuck together and helped each other out.

"It will be very sad to see it go.

"It has been there since 1905, so that's 113 years of history.

Former Northern bus drivers, from left to right, Andy Jackson, Jimmy Coyles, George Maddison and Bob Averre, at the old Philadelphia depot.

"It will be the end of an era."

Former Northern bus driver Andy Robson says it will be the 'end of an era'.
The site was first opened as a tram depot in 1905.
Former Northern bus drivers, from left to right, Andy Jackson, Jimmy Coyles, George Maddison and Bob Averre, at the old Philadelphia depot.