Northampton Newsworthy Notes
A blog or two back, fbb reported that Stagecoach depot Northampton had become the home of several London double deckers plus two of the Edinburgh buses recently used on the tram replacement services in Sheffield.
** correspondental : fbb reckons that if a certain W\Shakespeare could rise to the heights of England's Greatest Dramatist by making up words when there was none suitable ...
... then fbb, with a GCE English Special Paper success (one up from A Level), can also do a bit of verbal creative inventing.
The Edinburgh (a k a East Coast buses) vehicles have been provided with large labels made of stick-backed plastic and stickily backed all over the outside of the destination screen.
Alternatively, after an afternoon spent enjoying the animals at the Lower Farm Visitor Centre, the family could enjoy a meal at the reasonably priced Red House Restaurant. All very bucolic.
It's an industrial estate, innit?
... as the route map.We met service 1 a while back when fbb revealed that Stagecoach thought it went to Overtone ...
But the clever Stagecoach people have had selected Northampton destinations added to the London blind system - furthermore, they are in London style lettering.
Sometimes the blinds get stuck half way.
But the curse of Overstone strikes again.
We met Overstone Lakes in the earlier blog, known in fbb's youth as Overstone Solarium. Remember?
Stagecoach has some sort of agreement with the Northampton Councils, and is thus responsible for timetable displays at Northampton's bus station. This one caught Alan's eagle eye as an example of a full refit of timetable frames at North Gate.
In the UK, we have Barfield Prep School near Guildford ...
The infrequent minibus service quoting Barfield is run by the "Village Hopper" ...
The route now no longer serves the historic (for fbb at least) village of Little Billing, but runs via Great and Little Houghton before turning left off the Bedford Road A428 ...
Alan is of the opinion that this lengthy and as yet incomplete list of bludners is due to data management and processing by computer rather than local knowledge or common sense. A clue to the problems is, perhaps, revealed by this previously published photograph of the department that looks after these things for Stagecoach operations in Northampton and elsewhere.
And the true source of this previously blogged delight!
More Variety from Northampton tomorrow.
From The Twitterati
BIG BIG ENGINE ON TRIALfbb has to confess that his knowledge and understanding of the whirly bits that go to make up a bus engine are something of a closed book. When he ran buses and coaches on the Isle of Wight, all that technical stuff was left to his Transport Manager, now his Senior Isle of Wight correspondent.
But GoAhead North East is playing with a new bus, more correctly a bus with a bigger engine.The bus itself looks like the others ...
... but those two extra cylinders must do something. fbb guesses that it is all about balancing the benefits of extra power against things like fuel consumption and maintenance costs.
BUSES OUT - PEDESTRIAN AND CYCLISTS IN
Readers may remember that buses were banished from the close confines of Pinstone Street in Sheffield where, obviously, extra space is badly needed.So buses have been moved to grotty stops in a grotty back street, making bus travel really attractive for the public. Meanwhile the City Council has made Pinstone Street a haven of
SCOTTISH SENSE OF HUMOUR?
But they do things differently in Scotland. How's this for a novel but noticeable notice?
More stuff tomorrow.