Come Along Mrs Peel, We Are Needed!
Sunday 18 September 2022
The Avengers TV series was utterly bonkers and, as the series progressed with a variety of bright young things assisting Patrick McNee to save the world, the story lines became more and more bonkers.
Stapleford Miniature Railway is an historic steam locomotive-hauled 10+1⁄4 in (260 mm) gauge railway at Stapleford Park, Stapleford near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, England.
Considered one of the finest examples of its type, the railway is now private but still attracts thousands of visitors from the UK and abroad during its two public charity events each year.
The promo pictures saw the demure Mrs P (Diana Rigg) strapped across the track with Steed affecting a rescue in front of an obviously stationary and unstaffed train!
The reason for this blog is that the TV company presented the railway with a blue plaque to commemorate the event!
Well not quite right. There is no pointwork and no siding near the plaque!
The reason this is featured in this blog is that some person (an inappropriate designation!) has stolen the plaque. The people at Stapleford are, naturally, anxious to recover it and have requested all railway fans and all Avengers fans to assist in reporting if they see or hear of it.
Sadly Steed and Mrs Peel are no longer available to track it down!
Maybe whoever finds the missing memorial should be treated in the same way that many episodes ended; with a smile and champagne!And a serving for the blog writer, please!
Publicity DOES Matter
TrentBarton was one of the very early pioneers of route branding on a large scale under the tutelage of Brian King.
Of course, these are obviously the work of the Bearded Bus Beautifier from the Bush and more than adequately reinforce his own oft-stated brand.
Nope. fbb can't quite remember!
And Publicity in Sheffield
Two weeks from TODAY, there will be massive changes for bus passengers in Sheffield and South Yorkshire with a likely 25% reduction in services overall. With two weeks to go not a single timetable has so far appeared.
So likely it will be chaos.
A correspondent has forwarded a dramatic piece of advance publicity. It is a poster for First Bus staff.no longer be operating 16 services after next weekend and there may be more.
Clearly, from a passenger's point of view, the list is meaningless because First have no interest in who will be operating these services - or indeed, IF they will continue at all.
In amongst tendered bits and pieces (.g 25, 86) there are some weak services part of which may be tendered (e.g. 135, 137 and 138).
But there are some significant bits of the network in Rotherham, for example, where First is dropping the whole caboodle. Of the routes to and via Swallownest, First will only operate the X5/X55 to Sheffield. So massive changes are certain for Swallownest, Kiveton Park and Harthill.
What we DO know is that, when (IF?) we are told, the publicity will be atrocious.
Happier News For fbb
The wherewithall to build his new baseboards has been prepared to measure (fbb hopes to correct measure) at Peterville Quarry Railway workshops in Wantage. No 1 son will be transporting the bits to assemble them on Saturday 24th inst.
... modelled initially as an Airfix kit. fbb's "token" model from Hornby (after being absorbed by Triang) arrived on Friday last.
The packaging was first inspected by Mr Tubbles as part of his health and safety remit. (That is, of course, health and safety for Mr Tubbles!).
Thus it will be Creating Desire. Now there is a potentially good slogan for something!
Tomorrow - a special journey?
Next Go Direect blog : Monday 19th September