With Trams It Was Simple
Wednesday, 27 October 2021
Can We Get Rid Of Loopyness? Part 1
Mostly, in the UK, you got to the end of the line, the trolley pole was swung deftly through 180 degrees and the seats were reversed by the conductor. Most trams were double ended. A few operators had single ended as here with Rotherham.
So there were turning loops at both ends of their routes. Sheffield had a few loops as here at Millhouses.
Back in the day, fbb's local bus route to Crimicar Lane used to reverse in a side road and pull forward on to the stops. It is now a loop.
A couple of urban myths persist; firstly that it is illegal to reverse a bus with passengers on board, and secondly that it is illegal to reverse a one man bus. Neither is true and never was true, but the latter is not advised for safety reasons.
With the passing of bus conductors there was growing pressure to replace the traditional reverse with some sort of loop or turning circle, so much so that there is only one reverse left in Sheffield.
At Tinker Lane Walkley, buses pull forward into a nibble on the right of the above photo and set gently back into the layby.
But planners seem to delight in loops something of considerable size and, often, these make fbb's passenger-focussed blood boil. Often the timetable for as loop is inadequate to supply the helpfulness that should be offered to the harassed passenger.
Inevitably, a loop leads to complexity, confusion and complaints from those who cannot work out what is going on.
Woodhouse was a small mining village to the east of Sheffield centre.
Next round the curve is Chapel Street with the Chapel on the left.
And, naive passenger again, do not think that the 30 at Chapel Street is the same 30 as stops at Cross Street. Oh no siree. The 30 at Chapel Street will veer off via the blue car ...
To Sheffield the 30 calls at Tannery Street (time point) ...
It would be helpful, surely, to have a London-style stops map with big letter labelling and a clear indication of which is the actual "terminus" which will always be the most reliable place to catch you chosen bus at your chosen time. Post such at every Woodhouse stop and on-line.
On the other hand, the "terminus" of routes is shown in the PTE and company timetables.
Tomorrow we will look at routes 52 and 52a, with a collection of FOUR loops and TWO turning circles.
Thanks to the wonders of fbb's laptop a selection of old pictures of the very early days of his outdoor model railway popped up. Here are the first items purchased, plus a platform, set very provisionally on the patio table that formed the first section of baseboard.
The pictures are dated 2014.
Progress has been made!
Next Loopiness blog : Thursday 28th Octiber