Saturday, 12 June 2021

Saturday Variety

Oh No There Isn't : Oh Yes There Is!!

When fbb used this picture in yesterday's blog, he did not know what it was - it just illustrated the use of the name "Purbeck" although routes 60 and 70 do not venture on to this celebrated non-Island! But after bemoaning the lack of a Breezers leaflet on-line, correspondent David, who dwells not too far from Purbeck, i.e. Rugby (!) sent fbb loadsa pictures of the current Breezer BOOK!
It includes some fares information, namely the price of "day rover" tickets which are zonal.
The booklet is A6 size as shown below ...
...which does mean that the print size for the timetables (all included) is a bit small - but every timetable is there as reviewed in previous blogs.

There is a smattering of panels giving information on several places of interest served by assorted Breezer.
Most importantly, the Breezers map is also there, the same map that fbb used previously to illustrate each of the services. Also included is route 5.
Route 5 runs to Durlston Country Park ...
... famous for its huge globe and equally huge views.
The bus runs every hour ...
... but suffers from an serious identity crisis. It is not More Bus 5 ...
... it is not Damory 5 ...
... but appears in the on-line timetable list as :-
The bus seems to show a simple  but confusing - "5" rather than the expected (?) D5.
It is the only 5 from Swanage and Durlston Country Park is a splendid place to visit.

Why not call it Purbeck Breezer 80?

Lies, Damned Lies, And ...
... Statistics! Here from Coach and Bus Week:-
Or, maybe, from Passenger Transport ...
... where it seems more complicated.
68%? 80%?
80% on a Sunday when there are far less buses does not look like a reliable guide to the true state of the Industry, but maybe the best conclusion to draw is that things are slowly getting better.

They're All At It!
Maybe not all, but Go Ahead North East's £1 flat fare in the evenings is being widely promoted. Posters ...
... a mysterious black van ...
... and, tegestologists alert ...
... beer mats.

Meanwhile not too fare from Geordie-land, Transdev are jumping on the £1 bandwagon ,,,
... plus other attractive offers.

fbb suggests again (Govt involvement required) that half fares all-round during July and August would bring back the punters.

Bad News In Brum?
Is it yaw dampers?

No one is saying what is actually wrong. News awaited!

Bad Colours In Sheffield?
It looks as if the curse of Stagecoach's new livery has been outpoured on Sheffield Trams. Instead of something bright and of quality ...
... we have the "special services" livery which looks like it is in undercoat, in preparation for a proper paint job. An anonymous tram driver twittered ...
What an excellent alternative to "special services" green - Stagecoach bogey livery!


Peterville Cafe Possibly Complete?
Someone at Peterville must be a fan of the Midland Railway by adapting the historic diagonal slatted fence design. Or did fbb have a few spare lengths of Ratio fencing which he cut down in height?

The marquee could do with a few tables and chairs under cover? Does anyone produce sets of cafe furniture in OO scale?

The plan is to run a string of tiny LEDs from marquee, via cafe building and showing in occasional windows of the low relief townscape atop the retaining wall. Now that might be a challenge.

Has fbb Upset Him?

Puzzle Picture
Where is this ...
... and where is the train going?

Answer tomorrow.

 Next Variety blog : Sunday 13th June 

Friday, 11 June 2021

Lovely At Lulworth (3)

Purbeck Breezers That Ain't!

Two years ago, More (once Wilts and Dorset, once Hants and Dorset) merged two Poole local services to create a bigger and better Breezer 60.
It runs from Sandbanks (for sea, sand and millionaire spotting) through Poole and on to Rockley Park ...
... and is shown on the map in BROWN.
Currently buses run every 30 minutes Poole to Sandbanks ...
... and hourly on to Rockley Park. In peak summer, i.e. school holidays, buses to Sandbanks run every 15 minutes! Rockley Park is a vast collection of chalets and immobile homes ...
... with one of these!
Opposite the terror water slide is a dinky little bus terminus - great if you like chalet-spotting! 
There are pretties nearby and, if you toddle further along Napier Road, you get a jolly view of the railway line venturing westwards to Weymouth ...
... and a look at the sea!

On its return from Rockley Park to Poole, the bus trundles via Poole Quay, once an important, erm, quay - but now full of retail and hospitality.
Discovering whether it runs via the quay and, more particularly, when, is something of a challenge. Traveline shows extra stops for the inbound journey ...
... and the map is not absolutely clear, 
A proper map and a stop named "Poole Quay" would be really helpful!

The Thistle Hotel is the best stop for the Quay.

Breezer 70 (map CYAN) is also a long-term Wilts and Dorset route (with modifications) running summer only ...
... but, like the 60, it doesn't venture on to the non-Island of Purbeck.

The Isle of Purbeck is a peninsula in Dorset, England. It is bordered by water on three sides: the English Channel to the south and east, where steep cliffs fall to the sea; and by the marshy lands of the River Frome and Poole Harbour to the north.
Its western boundary is less well defined, with some medieval sources placing it at Flower's Barrow above Worbarrow Bay. According to writer and broadcaster Ralph Wightman, Purbeck "is only an island if you accept the barren heaths between Arish Mell and Wareham as cutting off this corner of Dorset as effectively as the sea." The most southerly point is St Alban's Head (archaically St. Aldhelm's Head).

Maybe if you dug a very large ditch from the River Corfe to Kimmeridge Bay you could create an island?

Anyway, increasingly, More bus refer to these routes as "Breezers" without the geographical appellation.
The 70 begins at Bournemouth's East Cliff (nice views of the sea) ...
... and runs via Alum Chine (woodland pretties - not the coloured sands as on IoW) ...
... and Compton Acres (lush gardens with tea room and retail - as Google informs!).
Veritably, nay palpably lush! The 70 makes a pleasant two hour (approx) round trip for those unwilling to venture on to the non-Island or less than enthusiastic about looking at closely packed chalets.

It is also worth noting (financially worth noting for some of us!) that all "Breezers" are "normal" bus services with local fares and the wondrous Old Fogey's pass is valid as per usual!

Deep joy!

And The Leaflet?
fbb announced yesterday that he would review the Purbeck Breezers leaflet. Well he won't 'cos there isn't one - or if there is, it isn't on line. It was this Twitter that the old man mis read,
The link takes you to a list of services and their timetables and to what fbb though was a leaflet. It is a map of all the Breezers (as chopped up by fbb), plus a list of camps sites and holiday parks served by the said Breezers.
If there is a leaflet for the totality of Breezers, fbb would still like to review it; and if there isn't, there jolly well should be!

Meanwhile, Back at Peterville

The bodger par excellence was racking his few remaining brain cells to find a suitable way of making the marquee for the new station cafe look like a marquee and not like painted plastic. After some discussion involving Mrs fbb's old underwear ("I am wearing my old underwear!") the good lady wife appeared with some cloth, bought to make lavender bags but never used.
Wives can be a great help with modelling projects - even if they don't always grasp the significance of the problem.

In an outbreak of glorious serendipity, the coloured strips exactly fitted the marquee's roof ...
... and the little bit of "texture" removed the plastic ambience. More to do, of course, but a crudely made model begins to gain a little "character".
There was, however, a serious problem with the building's extended roof ...

 Next Variety blog : Saturday 12th June