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
Technically the North Eastern's plan was to electrify Newcastle to York where they met the Great NorthernReplyDelete