But, yet again, plenty of buses but no signal!
Whilst this was disappointing for fbb, always anxious to be fair and unbiased about modern technology (pause for a few anonymice to guffaw derisively!), it does open up another area of debate. Clever technology is all well and good, super spiffing in fact, but if it is signal-less it becomes useless.
The irony of the situation is that where the passenger needs the most comfort, where a missing or delayed bus on an infrequent service causes great inconvenience, these are often the places where technology fails. Likewise, real time departure screens are often provided at busy town centre stops but vanish out in the sticks.
Ideally the comfort should be provided where it is most needed.
But, undaunted, fbb will try Axminster later this week; less Stagecoach buses but with the joy of a real time (?) display at the station to look at as well.
Bet you can't wait!
And now for Something Completely Different.
fbb is a guest speaker at the November meeting and, shock horror, it is NOT about steam engines. Will there be a reduced audience?
Then, of course, there is the internet.
There are 14 lines, numbered from 1 to 14 (cleverly), plus two "shuttle" services (3bis and 7bis) being little leftover sections from when the "main" lines were rejigged.
But the internet revealed a 17th line, operated until 1977 as part of the Métro network and NOT MENTIONED IN EITHER BOOK!