More Yellow and More More
Sunday, 31 July 2022
A few more bits of comment are emerging on the subject of Yellow Buses in receivership. The receivers report (on Twitter as a JPEG, hence the poor quality of the image below) that discussions have been ongoing with a possible purchaser but, to summarise, time (and money!) have run out.
But, there again, Mr Wickham continues:-
Well, that is a real surprise!
The End Of The Emirates Air Line
But not the end of the Emirates Airline.Dangleway" is much, much better!
When fbb was somewhat smaller in years and somewhat less in girth, he was so very excited to be taken to London. "It is so easy on the Underground," he was told, "you just follow the lights!".
It turned out that these were not as stunning as the lad expected, being (from memory) little internally illuminated coloured boxes at ceiling level, guiding perplexed passengers to their British Railways terminal station.
Platform "indicators" were much more interesting
This one was pictured at Colindale as recently as 1971.
But even more intriguing were signs that already had the destinations printed on them.
Earls Court still retained such "heritage" signs although there was concern recently that some dating from 1905 ...
A T13 fbb Bludner
Uncle Roger Votes For Localismmanaged/controlled/provided by local people and not national giants ...
But it hasn't worked with Yellow Bus, has it?
Railway Modelling Snippet
On his little layout, fbb has a modified Airfix/Dapol/Kitmaster loco shed. The model dates from the early 1960s.
Tomorrow we look at a remarkable happening - a brand new ten minute frequency bus service. And fbb means brand new - it does not replace any remotely similar existing route.
What's more, nobody seems to know much about it!
Next New Frequent bus route blog : Monday 1st August
Friday, 29 July 2022
First Find Your Station??
But, even before that challenge ...
... we take a sort-of cab ride from Saint-Germain-en-Laye to Saint-Cyr using stills from a YouTube video. Readers should be warned that the quality is poor. The originals were shot through two layers of glass and using a "long" lens which leads to significant foreshortening of the picture.
From the point of view of the video, this has the effect of making the tram's speed seem about the same as fbb's walking pace on a good day.
The journey takes about 30 minutes and we start from the Saint Germain terminus. fbb will concentrate on the "tram" section as the reconstituted rail route is, apart from the minimalist "stations", very "ordinary".
Saint Germain depart travelling north
Long station-less run along Route des Loges
Sharp left again - travelling south
Change to left hand running.Entering the former Saint Germain Grande Ceinture station now renamed.
Junction at St NomThis offers a link with the terminus of the Transilien line L branch. Remember, it terminates at St Nom?
We move quickly on to near the St Cyr terminus.
Junction - turn left for depot
A Closer Look At Saint-Germain-en-Laye ...
... and the terminus of RER line A. And here it is!bus station! Can't you tell the difference?
It used to look like this with a splendid semi-circular booking hall ...
Google maps shows the last stages of the cut-and-cover process.
So what does it do?
Well, before you burst with aghastness, SNCF have thought of that and, lo and behold ...
Les quais du terminus offriront une correspondance directe avec le RER A, accessible en 2 minutes 30 grâce à un couloir éclairé doté de tapis roulants.
Traveolators as well!
Située en contrebas des terrasses du château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, votre future station sera à l’abri des regards depuis le château. La station vous permettra de rejoindre le Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, l'Hôtel de Ville, ainsi que le piscine intercommunale.
C'est magnifique, tout alors!
Next Variety blog : Saturday 30th July