In 1888 the line was extended via Old Stratford to the nearby Village of Deanshanger for which a smaller tram was often used to save money.
Despite this attempt at economy, the extension bankrupted the company and led to its premature closure in 1889. Bought by a group of businessmen, the original Wolverton to Stony Stratford section reopened in 1891. Subsequently sold to the Railway, it closed totally in 1926.
And so to 2014 and our electric bus. Its route starts at Wolverton and runs via New Bradwell, a Milton Keynsian version of Stantonbury, and a chunk of Great Linford, thus offering today's residents a replacement for the Newport Nobby.
The Monday to Saturday service 7 runs every 15 minutes from Wolverton to Milton Keynes Central Station, continuing every 30 minutes via Shenley to Bletchley. It was at the station that fbb had arrived by train from Northampton to experience all electric road transport; initial evidence was not enouraging.
So it was a case of hovering expectantly between stands Z3 and Y3 and grabbing the first electric bus to come along.