pathetically promoting these paragraphs.
A recent blog about bus and tram terminus turning arrangements (read again) encouraged fbb's fevered brain to have a look at similar arrangements for bus services. Back in the days of Leyland PD2s and 3s, AECs and delicious Daimlers, it was normal for your terminating bus simply to reverse into a side road, as here at Barncliffe Road on Sheffield's long standing route 60. [fbb's local route for many years, remember?]
Also in greater Glasgow, a long extinct Alexander Midland route to Mugdockbank in Milngavie sped past the reservoirs and reversed here ...
Here in Derby, the service 46 to Grange Road Alvaston reversed into this special nibble, cut out of the grass verge, at its junction with Holbrook Road. (below, right, in shadow)
Sheffield Corporation famously provided a "gents" at the outer end of every tram route. This was an essential facility in the days of open cabs and long shifts with no "layover" permitted in the city centre. When bus replacements came along, they often built quite substantial turning circles with loos as here at Intake, erstwhile terminus of the busy cross-city service 95.
Another Sheffield dinosaur remains near the former Norfolk Arms pub on Manchester Road, near Rivelin Dams ...
And, talking of turning dinosaurs, this little sign reads "Bus Route" in Sheffield Transport yellow and black.
Back to backing buses. In todays "elf'n'safety" conscious world, reversing buses is not popular with the authorities. Even so-called safe turns can be a problem. Again in Sheffield, the facility at the Cross Scythes, Totley, was withdrawn; it could be tricky, especially if pub-goers cars were parked unwisely, leading to some fairly "hairy" jiggles.
The extra cost of running buses empty on a two mile round trip to nowhere must really pain the financial philosophy of the Fearnley!
In Sheffield, at least, one reverse still remains and it is at the other end of the previously mentioned frequent service 95. Vehicles originally reversed by turning from Bole Hill Road into the narrow Tinker Lane ...
"Reverses" are now very rare indeed (except, possibly, on quieter rural routes) and fbb would appreciate details of any in busy urban locations.
Hey, there's more to omnibology than eulogising about Volvo B75G Mark 2As or scribbling fleet numbers into a tiny notebook. There's real social history around if you only look for it.
To celebrate the outbreak of a limited peace between First and Stagecoach in Sheffield, from Monday onwards, fbb will be presenting a full 7 days of South Yorkshire blogs ; beginning with "Oh, Oh, Optio Orange" on Monday 4th July.
Next blog : due Sunday July 3rd
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