The Yorkshire Traction Company Limited, universally known as 'Tracky', was formed in 1902 as The Barnsley and District Electric Traction Company Limited. It operated trams around the Barnsley locality until around 1930. In 1928, prior to the trams being withdrawn, the company title changed from the Barnsley & District Traction Company Limited (the 'electric' part of the name being dropped some years earlier). Motorbus operation commenced in 1913 and the Yorkshire Traction name was adopted in 1928. The LMS and LNE railways acquired a substantial share in the company during the following year. Centred on Barnsley, Tracky's operational area radiated out to Doncaster, Huddersfield and Pontefract. The main services were to Doncaster, by several routes, to Huddersfield and Bradford, to Pontefract, Rotherham and Sheffield. The company was also part of the Yorkshire-Blackpool pool and operated seasonal services from its area to Bridlington, Cleethorpes, Filey, Scarborough and Skegness. A Leyland customer for much of its career as a bus operator prior to the creation of NBC, Tracky operated examples of most normal Leyland designs and rebuilt old Leyland Tiger single-deckers as double-deckers in the 1950s and 1960s. As with other BET subsidiaries, Tracky became part of NBC in 1969 and was privatised in the late 1980s. It was one of the few ex-NBC operators to retain an individual identity until its recent sale to Stagecoach. In his first book for Ian Allan Publishing, Sheffield-based author Bob Telfer examines the history and operations of this important operator from its origins in the years before World War 1 through to the mid-1970s when the company's individual identity was lost through the adoption of the corporate image imposed by the National Bus Company. 2008 marks the 80th anniversary of the Yorkshire Traction name; this addition to the highly popular 'Glory Days' series is therefore appropriately timed. It will be of interest to residents of the area served by Tracky, those with an interest in the history of public transport in the area and all those keen to discover more about one of the more important of BET's subsidiaries in the Yorkshire area.
|Publisher:||Ian Allan Publishing|
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