A jolly-dee wheeze commercially no doubt, but a significant dilution of the X1 Steel Link Bus Not-Very-Rapid Transport idea. Buses showed X1o (with a little zero), presumably in the hope that passengers will think it was a real X1.
Whilst many were enjoying the recent annual festivities, the PTE (and/or First Bus) put out a consultation document. This included significant "changes" to Rotherham's bus service (a k a service cuts) but which included "improvements" to the X1.
The highlight was that buses would run every 7/8 minutes between Maltby and Meadowhall instead of every 10, but part of the service would be route X10 which would become a "daily" service, not just an evening oddity.
As part of the "consultation", full timetables and maps were published - which fbb examined closely.
The final post-consultation schedules have now been registered with the Traffic Commissioners and revisions will commence on 3rd March.
So tomorrow we can look at what will happen to the X1 and X10.
Hold on to your hats.
After the two previous Maltby Mutterings, fbb proffered this cynical conclusion:-
Spot The Maltby Mendacity
An horrific fbb bludner on one of his maps.
Not At All P D Hancock
A few blogs back, fbb mentioned the pioneering work of narrow gauge railway modelller P D Hancock (read again).
The gist was that PDH, back in the 60s, had to make all his models by hand (scratchbuilding) - and beautifully made they were.
Now you can buy narrow gauge locos and rolling stock "off the shelf".
Almost as soon as the blog hit the ether, the model company Bachmann announced a range of ready-built resin scenic models specifically for narrow gauge layouts. Two caught fbb's eye.
The slate workers cottage ...
Fortunately for fbb's bank balance and Mrs fbb's financial angst, the old man's layout is based in a chalk quarry not slate.
But that could change ...
A slight dusting of snow over Peterville Quarry Railway at 2200 last night ...