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1940s and 1950s—post-war consolidation

During the Second World War, the Traffic Commissioners ordered that most bus services be scaled back. In 1940, the Ruthin to Mold service was therefore more than halved, to five journeys a day. Ruthin buses now terminated at Mold at the bus shelter on Chester Street, although this may have been the case earlier. 1941 saw the withdrawal of all Sunday services. In 1942, Crosville progressively began painting its buses green, a colour that in one shade or another would last for 56 years. In 1944, Crosville renumbered the service as RH22. In 1947, the service numbers changed to 32 but these still only appeared in the printed timetable and not on the buses themselves. In 1956, it changed again to CH78 . It was not till the early 1950s that vehicles themselves showed a service number.  In 1946, on school days only, Crosville introduced the first services from Llanarmon yn Iâl and Graianrhyd to Ruthin. In 1953, this was extended to start in Mold. After the war, in a significant development, 1949 saw Crosville introduce a through Ruthin - Mold - Chester service, numbered 56. It operated one return journey from Ruthin beyond Mold to Chester daily, save for Wednesdays & Sundays. The 56 was soon to become two return journeys per operational day.   After the war, Crosville began to purchase more buses manufactured by Bristol and bodied by Eastern Coach Works. To meet the needs of more travelling passengers, some journeys on the Ruthin - Mold service were for the first time operated by double deck buses and these were increasingly Bristol Ks. Most had rear entrances and most had upper deck seating in rows of four, each passenger seating alongside three others, with a sunken gangway to one side. From 1951, the number of Ruthin - Mold journeys began to increase. Towards the end of the 1950s, there were 13 departures to Mold (five on Sundays) and some journeys continued to Birkenhead. In 1956, the Ruthin terminus moved again, from Market Street to the LMS railway station. It was in 1959 that the once-familiar Crosville alpha-numeric service numbers appeared in timetables and, importantly, on vehicles themselves. The Ruthin - Mold service became B33; the Ruthin - Mold - Chester the B17; and that from Birkenhead to Denbigh via Mold and Ruthin the F9. Buses of the 1950s on the Ruthin - Mold service were now almost universally of Bristol/Eastern Coach Works manufacture, and were usually either Bristol LD “Lodekka” double decks or Bristol L saloons. Whether double decked or single, with rear entrances and their engines next to the driver, these were referred to as “half-cabs”.
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Outside Denbighshire’s Ruthin County Offices in 1954 is a Bristol K5G with Park Royal 55 seat body, which came to Crosville from London Transport in 1952. It is destined for Mold
A typical Bristol L5G with Eastern Coach Works 35 seat body new to Crosville in 1950. Note the once ubiquitous advert for Hovis
Bristol LD6B with Eastern Coach Works 60 seat body new to Crosville in 1957
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An “earnest request” from Crosville during the Second World War