Pleasing Perth Prices
Monday, 31 October 2022
You get a very weedy ticket! The machines seem do-able with clear instructions and you can pay a bus driver (possibly with Covid restrictiions.
But the important question is, "Emma Chizzit" (UK readers will be able to translate from Strine, fbb hopes!)
The web site explains at some length as follows:-
How Transperth fares work
Our fare system uses a combination of zones and time limits. Usually, one fare lets you travel anywhere within a certain distance of your starting point until the time limit expires, on any combination of bus, train or ferry services.
The Zone map ....
But it is clear that the fares are on the same standard scale whichever transport mode you are using; bus, train or ferry. So, three cheers for Transperth, no rip-off fares to the airport!
And here are the fares ...
The MAXIMUM single fare the 2-zone fare at five Ozzy Dollars or just £2.75. And it is even cheaper with various discount cards!.
So what is a "two section" fare as opposed to a 2-zone fare?
This is our name for a trip of 3.2 kilometres or less. It gives you a one-way ride on a single bus, train or ferry service.
So a short hop fare using the "two sections" label which might refer back to a previous fare scale. The shirt hop is actually quite long!
Then what about a Family Rider, priced at the same as a one-person day ticket?
FamilyRider for up to SEVEN people
A cash ticket that gives a group of up to seven people unlimited travel on the day of purchase, provided no more than two of them normally pay full fare. You may buy one at the following times.
Weekends and public holidays
Monday to Thursday outside school holidays
after 6.00 pm.
Fridays outside school holidays
after 3.00 pm.
You woud guess that schools close early on Fridays.
Monday to Friday during school holidays
in Zones 1 to 4 – after 9.00 am.
Monday to Friday during school holidays
in Zones 5 to 9 – after 8.30 am.
Complicated, but a bargain if you fit their times.
Which just leaves us with the time restrictions to calculate.
Transperth fares are valid for a limited time and this time varies depending on how far you are travelling:
Travelling one to four zones
your fare is valid for two hours
Travelling five to nine zones
your fare is valid for three hours
The two-section fare is valid for a single one-way journey and cannot be used to transfer between services.
Cash tickets will have an expiry time printed on it. You can ride on any number of bus, train or ferry services to complete your journey provided you get on board before the expiry time.
In case you haven't twigged; although the maximum fare is £2.75, you need ti specify how far you are going to invoke the Zone/time restrictions.
Observant readers will have noticed that the 2 Zone ticket illustrated at the top of this blog is for an out-of-date fare.
Needless to say, if you use the Transperth equivalent of "Oyster" or "Tap and Pay" on a debit card, your total will bett automatically capped at the ten dollar day fare.
There are assorted concession fares and the electronic equivalent of season tickets, but UK readers can just marvel at a ride from Central Perth to the airport for just £2’.75 cash or £2.50/£2.20 with various discount cards!
It almost makes you want to go to Perth and ride around for a few weeks. Forget about sweltering on Bondi; ride on bus, train and ferry for the day then back to the hotel for a barbie and to split a few tubes.
Too bad that it's a long way and a costly way to go.
Depending in time constraints with the Saturday and Sunday duplicate fellowship meetings coming up at the weekend, fbb may take a look at buses and longer distance rural train services.
And there is still Perth Underground station!
Don't Use The Bus - Buy A Car
At first Roger French thought that Arriva were offering to buy your car and sell you a cut price bus season.
Southern Vectis tried something similar a few years back. It was ineffective!
But, alas, no. Available.com will, indeed, buy you car and then sell you another one.
How It Should Be Done
The leaflets are from Transdev Keighley Buses.
These two sets of piccies are via twitters from Roger French. The Bearded Bus Beautifier from the Bush was quick to twit a reply ....
A batch of Brontë bus leaflets were loaded upside down!
Observant? Or just a bit picky?
As well as selling cars, how is your printed publicity doing, Arriva? And how many of your enquiry offices are still open?
Sorry, fbb forgot. You don't want passengers, do you?
Some time ago, fbb reported that, as part of his burgeoning tank wagon collection, he had purchased a new Hornby container wagon c/w three demountable tanks.
But these models have a huge problems on today's model railway layouts.
And yes, fbb's wagon does tend to fall off, especially if coupled to other wagons!
Thankfully it is part of the old man's display section and would not normally run to Peterville Quarry!
Where was this signal box ...
... and where is it now? Answer tomorrow.
The answer's not hard if you know The Shard!
Next Northampton blog etc : Tuesday 1st Nov
Sunday, 30 October 2022
It IS All On Line ... And ...
There at the top of the home page is what many Perth (Australia) people will be wanting to check out - namely the new Airport Line. But what comes up next on the graphic is even more helpful.
Also "front and centre" you get the considerable list of bus changes that have been made to integrate fully with the new train service. It would be tedious for fbb to explain them all and possibly well beyond the old man's pay grade! Suffices it to say that there are two network maps for the "greater" High Wycombe area; one for the more spread out eastern bits ...
... but the blue-blob T1. T2, T3 and T4 are intriguing. They refer to the FOUR terminals (three domestic, one international).
As well as car park shuttles ...
Transferring between terminals
There are two terminal precincts at Perth Airport that are separated by a short, 15-minute drive: the T1/T2 precinct and the T3/T4 precinct.
If you need to transfer between T1/T2 and T3/T4, taxi and rideshare services are available on the respective terminal forecourts.
The terminal transfer bus is also available and operates every 20 minutes between 06:00am and 22:00pm and every 30 minutes between 22:00pm and 06:00am.
The Ozzies don't seem to bother with the 24 hour clock!
... Printed As Well?
Back to the train. The web site provides a PDF of the train timetable for those who like to do their own thinking and planning, eschewing journey planners and the scrolling on-line timetable. Hopefully these are available in printed form.
For UK eyes the layout takes a few minutes to get used to as it is horizontal rather that the usual vertical table that fbb is used to. Every stop is timed as per th extract below.
And wht about fares? Shoukd we expect the usual rip-off "premium" fares to and from the airport?
Readers, please control your excitement. We will resolve these matters in tomorrow's blog.
But, it looks as if the new Airport Line is worthy of a "world-wide" chocolate peanut?
But Not In Sydney?
That's over on the east coast and a long way from Perth; 3935 kilometres or 2446 miles in the old money. Australia is, to use a technical term, big.
Route 37 runs locally from Bronte to North Bondi ...
Anyway, the 379 runs every 10 minutes as the PDF timetable on-line shows (extract only below!).
Here are some shots of the information at a typical 379 bus stop.
Well, in another frame beside the strange departure list all is revealed; or it isn't.at other times refer to departure lists.
Well it makes a bit of sense, but what a messy and potentially confusing way to say it!
What is wrong with "and then every 10 minutes!?
And Now - Obscure Bus Models
And Now - Obscure Bus Models
After a plethora of one-off expensive BR loco models, we now have some less well remembered bus models from Rapido Trains. The company began its foray into bus models with the Birmingham half-cab "new look" Faimler (i.e. with tin front hiding he traditional radiator).
... with umpteen different route numbers and in umpteen different liveries. "Got to catch 'em all" as the kiddies used to say about Pokemons!
The latest Fleetlines come in the liveries of (mainly) disappeared independents. One is of particular9 interest to fbb, namely Andrews of Sheffield.
Andrews, and its Ecclesfield depot, later fell into the hands of Stagecoach.
More stuff tomorrow.
More stuff tomorrow.
Next Variety blog : Monday 31st October
Saturday, 29 October 2022
Transperth To The Airport
Trying to follow the brand new Perth "Airport" branch "on the ground" is a bit of a struggle as it is all very new.
Once upon a time Bayswater had a cosy little railway and a sweet traditional country station ...
The new line forms a junction with the "Midland" line at a more recent Bayswater edifice which, c/o Google maps and streetview, still seems an innocuous little station.a second branch running north-ish to Ellenbrook.
.... but it seems that the new line plunges into tunnel ...
At Redcliffe, Streetview shows nothing but a dual carriageway cutting through scrubland!
It would be fair to say that, when the video was made, there wasn't a substantial number of passengers on either trains or. buses. But it has only been running for a few weeks, so give it time.
The station is in a "brown field" ex industrial area, seen here under construction ...rom day one!
None of this "waiting until it is commercially viable" nonsense in High Wycombe!
More on fares and timetables to follow.
Bouquet & Brickbat for Beds
Correspondent Katie emailed fbb with effusive praise for Central Bedfordshire Council. She even suggested, generously, that the local authority deserved one of fbb's rarely awarded chocolate peanuts.
Why this unsolicited enthusiasm?
Central Bedfordshire had ensured that their electronic displays for soon to be Ex Stagecoach 72 and 73 were programmed with a comforting notices about the continuation of the routes under the reliable busmanship of Grant Palmer Ltd.
These screens were displayed well before this coming Monday's change ...company phone number as well!
fbb was just arranging for a small-time local radio personality to award the chocolate peanut at a ceremony at the Grant Palmer Flitwick depot and was going on to invite the world's press and tv when Katie sent another picture
Central Bedfordshire has posted departure lists (no timetable, of course, that would be a silly idea!) at bus stops before the change happens; better, fbb concedes, than waiting until several days afterwards.
Not only are both services mixed up on the one list ... BUT ...
(How it should be done if you MUST have departure lists)
One table for all buses from Bedford to Sandy
One table for all buses to Potton
One table for all buses to Bigglswade
Has anyone ever heard of anything so crackpot! To compound the stupidity here is how the notes are explained in small print below the departure list.
Katie suggest withdrawing the chocolate peanut award; a policy with which fbb concurs. Maybe the old man will have to institute a "slimy mouldy peanut" award as an alternative in cases like this!
The North Eastern Railway was very keen on electrification, even as early as the 1900s. One later plan was to electrify the mainline from Newcastle to London. Where would we be today if this had happened early-ish in the 20th century?
One scheme which did happen was to electrify a freight branch from Trafalgar Yard at Manors down to the Quayside. It was a struggle for small steam locos and anything bigger ...
So the company commission two electric locos. Out in the open they would run from overhead wires ...
Rails of Sheffield have announced their production run (actually from Heljan in Demark) of various versions of 26500.
... yes, ONLY ...
Hurry, because, with a limited production run, they will all be gone before you can say N E R steeple cab bi-mode electric shunting locomotive.
Mind you, £220 doesn't seem too bad when compared with the ancient Triang "toy" steeple cab which some joker will sell you on Ebay for £129.50.
fbb thinks the original cost about £1 (probably 21/6).
Next Variety blog : Sunday 30th Oct