Man Map Again (A)
Saturday, 9 October 2021
After a particularly busy week (well, busy for old codgers!), fbb finds drawing a map very therapeutic. almost relaxing. fbb was not sure whether to include the 347 because of its poor frequency; so it is included without any explanation.
It would have to be bigger but it would be fun to try. Even more fun to try for money!
Man Map Again (B)
And the two simply do not acknowledge one another. Fares are not inter-available, even when Go Cornwall runs some evening journeys on a First Bus route. The promised "improved integration with train services" has been a non-starter and as for co-ordinated publicity, off go the flying pigs in swarms.
But one small development has happened. A map showing ALL OPERATORS' services has been produced. Roger French found them on a recent visit ...
It is what can best be described as geographically diagrammatic and struggles with detail in the urban areas. This is to be expected and it would have been helpful to provide an enlargement for places, like Falmouth, which are particularly complex.
Likewise Snozzle is a challenge.
But this excellent effort will soon be WRONG! And it is all Go Cornwall's fault.
Readers will remember that the Go Ahead company announced that it was starting competitive routes against First Kernow. So Go Cornwall eyed up First's route 27 between Snozzle and Bodmin.
The various competitive services were duly announced and publicised then suddenly withdrawn "due to staff shortages". The new map shows the result.
But First have a cunning plan, a very cunning plan.
"OK" says First, "You want the Snozzle to Bodmin business commercially, you can have it". And they will be withdrawing the 27 between the two towns. First will use the "resources" to increase the frequency of buses on the rest of the 27, between Truro and Snozzle, to every 30 minutes.Go Ahead may well be pleased, but the residents of Roche will not be at all happy. They won't get a bus service.
So the Council will expect Go Ahead to run its two buses an hour service to Bodmin via Bugle AND Roche by starting the "delayed" 26A, leaving First to nibble away at Go Ahead's bits on the Truro road.
The passengers benefit, First Bus benefits with a better business on the shortened 27 and Go Ahead are lumbered with two buses an hour to Bodmin for which there simply aren't the customers.
But the new maps will be wrong. Will the Council re-issue them?
There's more that ISN'T on the new maps - which fbb will explore in due course.
An Expensive Model (A)
Oxford Diecast have been having a tidy up in their warehouse. Two models offered "for sale" are "O" gauge ice cream vans.
Thankfully the bludner is corrected when you "View Product" and it is also a modest £10.95.
An Expensive Model (B)
One of the technologies that were promised with the APT project was a plasma gun for burning off the crud and grease on the rail to improve adhesions and increase speed. Plasma is like a controlled lightning bolt! It either didn't work or was never fitted (fbb cannot remember which) but modern trains still use sand.
Until now, that is? Northern Trains will be trying ice!
How It Used To Be (1)
Places to go by Underground.
But the poster and its appeal does show how revolutionary the Underground was in providing transport out of the murky Metropolis and into to idyllic recreation.
But you can't go by "Underground" any more.
fbb would be used to paying a tanner!
Next Variety blopg : Sunday 10th Octoiber