In a strange twist of fate, First now operates only route 272 of the former extensive Sheffield Transport Peak District network; the rest are mostly operated by T M Travel, once again part of Trent.
In June 1930, the A57 (running east-west across the bottom of the above map extract) gained an occasional Saturday service 39 variant via the Snake Pass Inn to Manchester, Summer only and "joint" with North Western Road Car Ltd.
From 1935, a service 47 variant left the 39 at the little village of Ashopton and travelled north along the banks of the river to the tiny hamlet of Derwent. This picture is captioned "Derwent with its total population" ...
But more water was needed for the big industrial areas, so the decision was taken to construct a third dam in the upper Derwent valley. This would obliterate the communities of Derwent and Ashopton. During World War 2 a massive viaduct was built at Ashopton to carry the A57 across the site of he future lake ...
Thus it was in 1943 that the bus services were diverted over the new road network although the Ladybower reservoir was not formally commissioned until 1945.
Pre- and post- dam, bus services were sparse, as seen here in an extract from a 1951 winter timetable with headings for service 47. Journeys with note B were actually service 44 continuing to Bakewell; leaving the 47 as a Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays operation. The schedule was joined by two service 39 trips on a Saturday.
Our final blog in this series will look at the equivalent bus services today, literally; and the consequences of the dreaded cutbacks as they manifest themselves in changes from 30th October.
The suspense will be killing you!
Next blog : Tuesday September 27th