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The Five-Wheeled omnibus

Salford was at the forefront of public transport innovation in the nineteenth century. In 1824 John Greenwood began probably the first omnibus service from Pendleton Toll Gates to Market Street, Manchester. The journey cost 6d and was made three times a day with passengers being picked up and set down anywhere along the route.
This painting shows another Salford transport innovation of the five-wheeled omnibus which ran on tram tracks. The service was only used in the Salford area and ran between 1861 and 1866.