MOTOR COACH MUSEUM
Preserving the memories of a unique
motor coach company
who provided a first class service and brought
and satisfaction to many thousands of people. The mobile museum is seen above on it's inauguration in September 2002 outside the former
Yelloway offices (now a listed building)
at Weir Street, Rochdale, Lancashire, England. The large coach station and vehicle maintenance garage
was situated on the
is dedicated to;
Mr. Herbert Allen M.B.E. above left and his son Mr. Hubert Allen O.B.E.,
J.P., above right
and all the loyal staff of the former
Holt Bros (Rochdale) Ltd. (1908-32) and Yelloway Motor Services Company
who between them created one of the largest and most respected
motor coach companies in Great Britain.
In the photograph above right Mr. Hubert Allen O.B.E., J.P. (right)
the final seal on his retirement by donating one of his vehicles
HVU244N to the
Museum of Transport in Manchester.
This vehicle now stands
alongside YDK590 a 1961 A.E.C. Reliance with
Harrington bodywork which
Hubert had restored and donated to the museum in 1984.
Yelloway Motor Services Ltd. sadly ceased trading as a 'family operated' business
on the 5th July 1985 when its Chairman and Managing Director
Allen O.B.E., J.P.,
who had commenced employment with the company straight from school
reluctantly retired from his post in his 73rd year.
Hubert became Chairman and Managing Director of Yelloway Motor Services
in 1956 after the death of his father Mr. Herbert Allen M.B.E..
who had taken the
company over from
Mr. Robert Holt, director of Holt Bros. (Rochdale) Ltd., in 1932.
On his retirement in July 1985 Hubert sold the company in good faith to
Sales Ltd., of Rotherham, Yorkshire,
suppliers of vehicles to the coaching industry.
Three years later!, the once proud company of
Yelloway Motor Services
Ltd., and its unique 86 year history,
disappeared under a cloud of dust, a victim of greed and
late Hubert Allen O.B.E. JP. (1912-1994) was not only a gentleman
but one of the last survivors from an era when a successful
business was based primarily on care for people rather than an
unhealthy blinkered obsession with the final figure on a
balance-sheet. Yelloway Motor Services Ltd. reflected the
personality of its Chairman and Managing Director; all staff felt
that they were vitally important to the company and in turn
expressed their pride in the company's reputation in their
standard of service to their customers. Because of this bond
between management and staff the Yelloway company operated as the
'Epitome of Excellence'. New management took the company over on
Hubert's retirement but sadly they were not in the same mould.
Soon the company's proud reputation sunk beneath the shame of a
very tarnished image indeed.
the museum and how it all started on the next page >>>