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About Yorkshire Traction and this site


Yorkshire Traction operated some three hundred buses and coaches throughout South and West Yorkshire. The Company is part of the Traction Group Limited, which has its head office in Barnsley. Other bus Companies owned by the group included Barnsley and District, Yorkshire Terrier, Lincolnshire Road Car and Strathtay Transport of Dundee. The Traction Group, prior to its sale was the sixth largest operator of bus services in the Country and the biggest, which was still privately owned.
Yorkshire Traction started in November 1902 running a fleet of trams in the Barnsley area. After the First World War these were replaced by buses and gradually the Company expanded into surrounding areas. The Company, known locally as 'Tracky' had depots in Barnsley, Huddersfield, Doncaster, Shafton and Rawmarsh. In 1969 Yorkshire Traction became part of the state owned National Bus Company that was privatised in 1987 when the Company was bought by its then Directors. The acquisition of other Company's has occurred since privatisation.

In addition to running buses and coaches Yorkshire Traction owned and operated a regional chain of Travel Agencies trading under the 'Travelink' name. The Travel Agents offered the full range of holiday and business travel products as well as being agents for National Express.

This site has been set up by an enthusiast, and is dedicated to the Yorkshire Traction company. It is hoped that news, photos and general information will be provided here in the coming weeks, days, months and years.