Friday, 27 December 2013

Post Festive Snippets [2]

 to provide a break from the rigours of 
 daily blogging, fbb will be looking at 
 some of his old, decayed colour slides.
 The selection will be presented in the 
 form of a post-festive quiz.           
 Answers and other information will be  
 posted on the following day's blog     

           yesterday's answer           
These settlements are, from top left clockwise, Huddersfield (station frontage), Sheffield (City Hall), Todmorden (food growing project) and Halifax (Piece Hall). Or we could have shown you these buses ...
... three of which are operating on the joint route between Sheffield, Huddersfield and Halifax.  All four bus operators had joint omnibus committees. In the 1930s, the railways began operating bus services and thus became a threat to Corporations already running longer out-of-town routes. To keep things stable and to prevent destructive " competition" these  committees were formed.

In Sheffield (a set-up with which fbb is most familiar) it was organised thus.
 A routes 
These were services operating within the original (1927?) City boundary. There were exceptions. The Rivelin Dams route (54) ran outside the original city limits; and, post World War 2, when the city expanded in the north, routes into the Parson Cross estate (49, 79, 110) were allowed to cross the boundary at the Hartley Brook and penetrate into territory formerly part of Ecclesfield Urban District.

 B routes 
These served settlements just outside the designated boundary, but very much part of the Sheffield conurbation, such as Chapeltown and Dinnington. Here the operation was split 50/50 between Corporation and Railways. Revenue and expenditure were shared and half the B fleet vehicles were railway owned and carried (post 1947, of course!) "British Railways Board" as their legal lettering. Perhaps less obviously, the Bakewell routes were category "B".

 C routes 
Longer distance inter-urban services were entirely railway owned; revenue, costs and vehicles. These ran to places like Gainsborough (85) and Manchester (48).

The Corporation Transport Department general manager was "secretary" of the joint committee thus ensuring that all was properly co-ordinated and presented as a unified network. The committee structure was dissolved with the arrival of South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive; "B" routes transferred wholly to the PTE and "C" routes to the appropriate chunk of the National Bus Company.

         today's puzzle picture         
Who is operating this bus and where? As a sort-of seasonal hint, it is pictured close to the Emmanuel Church Centre.
            answer tomorrow               
 fbb's Christmas Calendar for 2013 
Friday 27th December

Almost everything about his picture, and millions like it, is wrong.
They weren't kings and they did not go to the stable/cattle shed. We are not told how many of them there were, so three is just a guess! It seems that they were Magi, top dogs of the Zoroastrian religion which emerged about 600 years before Christ in what became modern Iraq. It is probably unfair to dismiss their studies as "crude astrology" as separation from the more scientific "astronomy" came much later.

Perhaps a new set of words for "We Three Kings" is needed?

We three kings of Orient aren't
Royal title; use it, you can't.
Zoroaster is our master:
Light is all that we would want.

O, supernova, really bright
Making day from darkest night!
Star exploding, Christ foreboding;
Guide us to th'Eternal Light.

Gold, a King in Bethlehem's town,
Toddler he, not wearing a crown.
King forever, ceasing never;
Mankind will one day bow down.

O, Venus "star" in morning bright
Jupiter, Saturn, add your light.
Planets function in conjunction;
Guide us to th' Eternal light.

Frankincense, the smell of a priest
Every day a Christmas feast!
Jesus leading, interceding,
God on High became the least.

O comet brilliant, streak of light
Pointing westwards through the night.
Ice and dust-ball, gift to us all,
Guide us to th'Eternal  light.

Myrrh is weird, a gift for the dead;
Die for your sins, that's what he said.
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying
Crown of thorns upon his head!

O, "Star" we wonder, meteorite;
Shower of shooting stars alight.
Tale related and debated!
Guide us to th' Eternal light.

Glorious now see Jesus arise;
King and Priest and Sacrifice
Our life raising, Lord God praising!
Waiting for our replies...
O Star of wonder, was it right?
Galaxy star or spiritual sight?
Faith-full feeling? God revealing!
Leading all to Eternal light.

 Perhaps not!
But the famous three recognised the true reason for the season; the prophetic prediction of God's Messiah doing something special for the world by getting himself nailed to a cross.

Christmas was only a beginning!
 Next bus blog : Saturday 28th December 


  1. The vehicle in your puzzle picture is a Leyland Tiger Cub that originated with Trent. The livery appears to be a style that it wore while still with Trent, but not when new. However the colours look a little faded, so it may be that it had moved on to another operator by the time you took the photo.

    The vehicle does in fact still exist, and appears to belong to Quantock Motor Services in Somerset, but now has a different registration mark.

    Since the fleet number appears to be similar to that in this view of it:-

    I would suggest on balance that it was still operating for Trent, and somewhere in the Peak District?

  2. I agree with RC169's identification of the vehicle, but suggest it was probably working for Silcox, Pembroke Dock, on the Haverfordwest town service.

  3. Vehicle right (of course RC registration!), operator wrong!