Book Review Part Two
Friday, 17 June 2022
Holiday Reading (2)
Keith Shayshutt's excellent book tells us that Western National in Cornwall only had two depots. In St Austell the site was on Eliot Road in a mainly residential area ...
There are plans for redevelopment, which, if the artist's impression is correct, will make the place far too small for the services using it.
The flagship project for the Town Deal’s plans, the Buzz Station sees the Camborne bus station redeveloped into a vibrant and bustling hub at the heart of the town.
This is at the centre of our vision for Camborne, an architecturally designed iconic space that will provide a place for locals and visitors to work, live, play, learn and care. It will be a place to spent time, create and achieve with a real sense of energy and optimism.
Home to restaurants, bars and a theatre, The Buzz Station would also provide workspaces for creative businesses, tech start-ups and entrepreneurs. Both residential and workspaces will be housed at this exciting building, beating at the heart of the town.
A youth café gives the town’s young people a chance to have their own space. There will also be a Wellness Centre focused on offering opportunities to improve health within Camborne.
A covered piazza will host cultural performances, creative expression and entertainment, markets, cafes, bars and restaurants, street food and independent and artisan crafts and retailers.
There will be street theatre and exhibitions as well as just places to walk or sit and watch the world go by.
No mention of the buses - apparently they are unimportant!
But we digress. Back to Keith's entertaining oeuvre.
For 1996 he lists each bus (by type) and which of the two depots was its official home, as below with just a chunk of the VRs by way of example.
There is a map showing all of the outstations ...'s garden"!
One picture, of a single decker in its lavish outstation is of particular interest.
There is the 74, complete with its duty "depot" at NP (North Petherwin, i.e. Trillacott) as illustrated above.
There are maps ...
There are pictures of buses, some big and wonderful ...
Some pictures are small but delightful none-the-less.
... it is still operated by WN's successor, First Kernow, but is back to turning at the top of the hill outside the "Safe Harbour" (which is nowhere near any harbour!).
This is a book you can go back to time and time again and find things you missed in earlier readings.
As a bonus, you can send c/o Keith for a copy of the Saturday and Sunday working timetables; details of how to obtain these are in the book. Too much information?
If you are really interested in buses and how they are operated, you should buy this unusual volume! By today's standards it is good value at £23.50 and available all the way from the usual South American River.
Next Further East Than Eastenders blog : Fri 18 June