Service starts 1030
The fbbs will be attending. It is not possible
to set up an on-screen link before they depart.
A link can be obtained, however,
via the Church YouTube channel
(here) and click on the panel for today's date.
Tricky Ticky Tacky Tank Boxes?
It is possible that loyal blog readers may feel that fbb has finally flipped into a sort of elderly gibbering mode, (many say yea!) but the little re-write of the "little boxes" song does have a purpose.
fbb is confused!
As he continues with his ever growing collection of OO gauge tank wagons, examples of all types of tank and all manufacturers, he regularly scours Ebay and the second-hand departments of model shops to fill the gaps; of which there are currently at least four. But one example intrigued the old man and, because it wasn't expensive, he bought it.
But first, back to basics.
Here is a Hornby Dublo tank wagon from the very early days of production ...
Over the years, some of the designs printed on the actual tanks were changed with the older liveries being dropped in favour of more familiar names.
The next exciting development is that Hornby started fitting plastic versions of the Peco couplings.
The shock was so great that Hornby handed their name over to arch competitor Triang and all production ceased.
So fbb's latest purchase came in a MID BLUE box (early 1950s) ...
... had Peco metal couplings ...
We may be able to resolved the mystery in tomorrow's blog.
A Bus, A Bus, My Kingdom For A Bus!
What with social distancing and the return to school, some operators are getting a bit sort of buses. We have already heard that Supertram had no money from HMG to offer replacement bus services during work to replace the rails, so the job was put out to tender.
Powells won the contract, but this ended when Powells needed the buses for school services.
Stagecoach then won the contract and had to beg, borrow or buy six double deckers from Edinburgh buses. In the latest ramification, trams are getting a bit closer to the Halfway terminus, to Donetsk Way to be precise ...
Stagecoach Midlands has borrowed ten ex Tower Transit and Metroline Volvos and Enviro 400s from Ensign Bus.Several of them are five to six years younger than a lot of what is in daily service in Northampton. I wait with interest to see where they will turn up.in service.
Alan also has a letter in the October edition of Buses - on a subject dear to his and fbb's heart.
Recently your noble and literary author wrote this:-
I have only just got round to looking at timetables
You thought Gamesley had never been linked with Manchester by bus.
In May 1986 GM Buses 224 linked Gamesley with Manchester via Hyde Rd hourly every day including evenings and Sundays. This combined with 225 to provide a further half hourly service into Manchester, and even every 15 mins on Saturdays. There was also Maynes 229 which covered the same route every 2 hours. With the 236/7 which went via Ashton New Rd into Manchester 4+ bph, 6 on Saturdays , and there was also a 211 between Old Glossop and Manchester which served the Dinting Rd between Glossop and Hadfield and was hourly on top of all of the above
By May 1991 224 had become 214 but still hourly daily, and the 211 was still there unchanged.
GM Buses of course still had a depot in Glossop, Ex North Western