And Nathanael said unto him, Can there be any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. [John's Gospel, Chapter 1 verse 46]. The "good thing", of course, was Jesus.
We are reminded that last Friday saw the official celebrations for the 100th anniversary of Rotherham's first motor bus. But even for omnibologists, the town has never aroused great enthusiasm or excitement. More of its transport history will materialise in subsequent blogs; but there is one feature of Rotherham's bus-story that often escapes the pen of enthusiasts who focus solely on the cornucopia of vehicles.
We need to get legal!
Rotherham Corporation Transport [RCT] obtained licences to operate extensively outside its designated area, presumbly reflecting pre-legislative practice and agreements. So Corporation buses ran everywhere! An fbb diagram will summarise the extent of that "everywhere". [diagram not to scale : designed as a rough guide for general interest!]
The 27 was joint with Yorkshire Traction ...
That left the 10 and the 19 jointly operated with East Midland.
So RCT's tentacles spread wider than any other municipal operator with its many joint services; even some of its exclusives ran well outside the 1930 boundary. One of these was the very first motor bus route (to Thorpe Hesley) which was celebrated in yesterday's blog.