Albert, Central Coachways, Walsall 1970s
This photograph was taken at Central Coachways, Shaw Street, Walsall sometime in the 1970's.
Central Coachways were a coach travel operator based in Walsall. They operated between the mid 1950's and 1987, being taken over by WMPTE towards the end.
Central was owned for many years by the Co-op. Central Coachway's garage was located on the corner of Wolverhampton Street and Blue Lane West, and had an access off Shaw Street. The garage and yard were located where the Crown Wharf Shopping Park is situated today, roughly where JJB Sports and Asda living are now.
The gentleman standing in front of one of Central's coaches is Albert, who was employed by Central Coachways to clean the coaches. Albert lived in the terraced houses next to Littleton Colliery in Cannock, and was originally from Northampton. Albert always wore a tie and flat cap for work at Central.
Behind Albert is Central's garage which contained a wash area for two coaches, fuel tank and two inspection pits.
We are not sure exactly what type the coach is, hopefully someone can identify it. Note the TDH Walsall number plate.
The coach is pointing into Central's yard, towards the entrance onto Wolverhampton Street, Walsall.
The photograph was taken by my father Sidney Crutchley.