In the years after privatisation, Trent and Barton, still branded as separate operations, started singing a rainbow. Unlike today's colourful route branding, this consisted largely of the letter R in front of route numbers and, occasionally, a bit of colour around the fleet name area.
But if the Express was only hourly, where did the present ten minute "Red Arrow" frequency come from.
This leaflet shows how things began to happen.
The R5 remained as a deep purple-blue (indigo?) "Rainbow 5" ...
To, sort of, complete the picture, there was also an R4 between Nottingham and Sandiacre ...
It would appear that the philosophy as outlined all those years ago by Brian King produces the required results.
But the early proliferation of Rainbows was to change over the years.
There is now only one Rainbow left as we shall see tomorrow.
The above is a very rough summary of happenings along and near the A52 corridor. If fbb has got it badly wrong, not doubt Nottingham experts will comment on his incompetence!
P.S. Magic Bus Comes to Sheffield!
Thanks to correspondent Roy for the picture - waiting time in Commercial Street. The bus, formerly in standard Stagecoach dress ...