The fbbs had the privilege of all their family (two sons, a daughter-in-law and two adult grandsons) staying at fbb mansions for the weekend. By Sunday evening there was a certain aura of weariness on the part of the gruesome twosome. Apologies for a somewhat curtailed blog!
This was based on occasional routes to Manchester, Gainsborough, Leeds and the Peak District, the majority of which were infrequent and hardly a major economic force at their extremities.
So SYT was "investigated" with a view to requiring them to divest themselves of some of the acquired companies. While the investigation chuntered on at the pace of a geriatrtic snail in a brown paper bag, SYT was forbidden to make any changes - the absorbed companies were to be operated as they ran on the days of the take-over.
The above map shows some of the nonsense, compounded by on-going competition from even more new entrants. Here is the Shiregreen Estate which formed part of the catchment area of the school where fbb taught RE until December 1983.
Services in RED were operated by "traditional" South Yorkshire Transport liveried buses.
It was a mess and would remain so throughout the existence of the privatised company. But slowly things would settle down and, by the time First took over, only Yorkshire Terrier (soon Stagecoach) would be left as a major contender.
Please note; the above is not intended to be an accurate analysis of the later stages of competition, it merely shows that instability was normality!
Signs Of The Times
Peterville Quarry Railway At Night
Photo by No 1 son.
Next Underground blog : Tuesday 28th September