ELEVEN Years Ago!
Saturday, 18 June 2022
Riverside Review (1)
That is when fbb last visited Barking Riverside, served by bus EL2 in a special livery and half heartedly branded East London Transit.
Once the bus left Bastable Avenue no passenger was picked up, and, apart from a lone fbb top deck front there was nobody to drop off. The terminus at Dagenham Dock bus station was underwhelming in the extreme. Nobody was waiting there for the next couple of departures.
You can just glimpse the A13 viaduct on the right.
But Choats Road offered views of nothing but "blasted heath" and one solitary bus lane for right hand turns into a road-less fence.
The East London Museum of Power Cable Pylons still maintains its exciting display!
Look over the fence and even Streetview, not renowned for being up-to-date, now shows much construction activity.
... to make interchange with the as yet unopened station at Barking Riverside.
Here is the map again if you have become, understandably, slightly lost.
But tomorrow, with a bit of help from Roger French, we meet a third mode of public transport serving Barking Riverside.
Saturday and Sunday Variety blogs are postponed until early next week.
Got your chequer books handy! fbb has been watching the prices of model railway stuff rise and rise over the past few yeats and now can present the £300 locomotive!
Modern modellers tend to use an electronic system to control their trains whereby codes are sent along the track as well as a 12 volt steady power supply. These codes "talk" to a chip in the loco and control its speed, the lights and a whole range of realistic sounds. The system is called DCC - Digital Command Control.
So, if you want super realism you opt for DCC with lights and sound effects all controlled from a keypad; as well as speed and realistic braking. But it costs.
So a DCC class 90 with lights and sound will cost you £329.95! But Rails of Sheffield are offering post free and a substantial reduction.
fbb is NOT tempted, but has splashed out on a pre-owned tank wagon for his collection.
Next Riverside blog : Sunday 19th June