A report from the First Bristol Staff Newsletter
fbb is informed by his technical correspondent that ALL early Hybrids suffer from the same problem - it was always going to be about the batteries. Presumably later models are OK?
Bristol Bridge Bash Bother Banished
Yesterday a comment writer worried that double deckers might not fit under the top girders of Ashton Avenue bridge.
They "lads" have tried it out and, thanks to that bit of "pavement" on the right, above, the buses should not bash the triangular gussets (trunion plates?).
The press headline ...
Readers will remember that fbb has been rebuilding his quarry rock face after it finally collapsed following the ravages of winter weather.
Well. chunks of it fell off!
Hey ho; mix some more concrete and try the mud pie treatment again - this time with a thicker layer of gloop. This time it seems to have stuck/set/gone off! Plus, it has had its first coat of paint.
Its a bit garish at the moment, but will improve with patched of "weeks", undergrowth at its base and, sooner or later some meteorological paint bashing.
The current question, however, is, "Will the repairs all be finished before the railway is closed down for the winter?"
At the present rate of progress, NO!
Recent press-launch photos from London North Eastern Railway (nationalised operator of the East Coast main line) show a stick-backed plastic job ...
... but one on-line joker has suggested a bit of nostalgia. How about apple green and teak?
With computers, you can mangle anything, so he offers:-
Perhaps not! Meanwhile, a few days ago in Newcastle upon Tyne, LNER had a bit of one of their new trains on show.
Note it also carried the "brand name" Azuma (A Zoomer?) which was, fbb understands, registered exclusively to Virgin East Coast. Will it remain?
Do "silly names" really encourage people to travel by train. Transpennine's entry into the nomenclature nonsense is "Nova 1", "Nove 2" and "Nova 3".
"Nova" means "new" - so after a few years will they be rebranded as "Olda"?
Eruption in Sheffield
fbb read with horror this headline from his former home city!
(There is a train in the film!)
But, panic not Sheffielders and emigré Sheffielders. It is just the on-line version of "The Star" evening paper getting excited about a recent feetball match.
If you need to fill the space, say everything twice ...
... and add a few exciting pictures.
Harry Maguire used to live in Mosborough. But to add to the potential excitement, look what the new mayor has promised.
What a good way of spending the city's money!
PTE Penance Re-(not)Print
The two potty timetable non-leaflets recently issued from PTE towers have now been corrected.
The X17 is shown as through buses ...
... but still with ludicrous globs of unnecessary empty space. The 65 now only has a Monday to Saturday service, without a repeat of the Saturday times.
No news yet of the expected extra journeys which are due to start in a fortnight.
But the problem with the PTE site is that there is no explanation when a "corrected" table occurs. So how does anyone know that the correction has been made?
More bits and pieces tomorrow.