Monday 27 September 2021

Monday Variety

 Family Matters

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!

SYT/Mainline Snippet

Things got really crazy as the privatised South Yorkshire Transport. Sensibly the company continued to eat up the competition by buying them out. Then the Competition Authorities started twitching because, they said, SYT operated buses over "a major part of the UK".

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.

YELLOW is for "Mainline" branded services. These were "big bus" routes running frequently and often the subject of competition. Note the 47/48 Shiregreen Circular.
There was competition, so SYT added an Eager Beaver route (formerly an "M" route), BLUE on the map. The 45 and 46 penetrated estate roads in an attempt to snaffle passengers before they walked to the 47/8 route and, possibly, a ride with a competitor.
These were powerfully branded "Eager Beavers".

Services in RED were operated by "traditional" South Yorkshire Transport liveried buses.

Which leaves routes in GREEN. These were operated by Sheafline e.g. Service 1 ...
... providing a low-cost operation on routes with less potential for profit.
The map did NOT show any competitive services, obviously - so there was much more running around than the few coloured lines showed on the SYT map.

The latest batch of intruders included South Riding ...
... and Sheffield Omnibus ...
... both of which tended to follow existing SYT and Mainline routes; straight competition and nothing innovative.

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.

It was a mess. It was a battle that nobody won, except perhaps the SYT shareholders who did very well out of the First Bus sale; but ultimately Sheffielders had lost their much loved blue and cream buses ...
... and suffered the arrival of Barbie.

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

And one that seems entirely appropriate!

Peterville Quarry Railway At Night

The family enjoyed a chance to see the recently installed lighting throughout most of the layout. The LEDs behind the low relief buildings are not yet properly "set in place" but the pub shines brightly as night time trains are expected at the well-lit platform.

Photo by No 1 son.

London Bus - But Not Red
These three will be operated by Go Ahead London - but doing what?

Roehampton University lies between the A306 and the Roehampton Golf Course ...
... and brands itself at "London's Campus University". The claim is that everything sits together on one site, unlike many of the capital's academic institutions which can be scattered around many diffuse sites.
The three buses shown above are for a contract run by Go Ahead to bring "commuting students" in to the campus.

So not all  London Buses are red!

This One Is REALLY Big
Allure of the Seas is two inches longer than its sister Oasis of the Seas. But the latest ship in the fleet, currently on sea trials, is bigger again.

The Oasis class is a class of Royal Caribbean International cruise ships. The first two ships in the class, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, were delivered respectively in 2009 and 2010 by STX Europe Turku Shipyard, Finland. A third Oasis-class vessel, Harmony of the Seas, was delivered in 2016 built by STX France, and a fourth vessel, Symphony of the Seas, was completed in March 2018. As of August 2021, the fifth Oasis-class ship, Wonder of the Seas, is undergoing trials.
A sixth unnamed ship has also been ordered by the company. The first two ships in the class, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, are slightly exceeded in size by the third ship, Harmony of the Seas, while Symphony of the Seas is the world's largest cruise ship. Wonder of the Seas, due to be completed in 2022, is planned to be larger than Symphony of the Seas. As of early 2019, all ships of the class rank as the world's largest passenger ships.

The mind boggles!

Normal Service Will Be Resumed Tomorrow

 Next Underground blog : Tuesday 28th September 


  1. And what, may one ask, is the point of all these liners which use up huge resources of materials and energy and contribute not insignificantly to emissions and pollution? It's not as if they fulfil any real transport need!

  2. Jeśli interesuje cię certyfikat rosyjski zgłoś się do CCRW. pomogą ci tam załatwić wszelkie formalności i certyfikaty niezbędne do przewiezienia towarów na teren Rosji oraz handel nimi. Ja uważam, że Polskie firmy powinny wkroczyć na rynki wschodnie. Tam nasze towary są bardzo doceniane i myśle, ze niejedna firma ma szansę na sukces.

  3. - shows that througgh tickets are issued by GWR at least. SWR's website has a page On Legoland but is silent on how you get from Windsor. Odd because the 2006 National Fares Manual shows through bus/rail/admission bookings as available to both Windsor stations.Maybe dropped because of lack of publicity?