Something Replaced, All Things Blue!
Wednesday, 11 January 2023
Something Old, Something New (1)
Before we explore Blue Star's replacements for First's Southampton network, it is worth reminding our readers that Solent Blue Line (later Blue Star) has had its share of Rebranding, Retrenchment and Reduction over the years.
Customers enjoyed a special livery for the unsuccessful express route from Southampton to Portsmouth ...
The latter were once branded Red Rocket!
fbb supposes that these blogs reveal that GoAhead's Southampton business, started very differently by Southern Vectis, won the long slow war of attrition.
But, should the travelling public be treated as innocent pawns in the Game of Thrones that is today's "commercial" bus industry?
Of course they shouldn't.
So let us begin our look-see as to what will happen from 19th February.
First 1 - Calmore : every 30 minutes.
When First's 1 was introduced, it ran every 10 minutes ...
First 2 - Weston City Millbrook - every 10 minutes
... is not being replaced by Blue Star (BS).
Complicated liveries are easier these days. You paint the bus blue all over and add copious quantities of sticky backed plastic. Blue Peter would be proud of Blue Star.
In the case of First's 1 and 2, there will be more revenue for BS with no extra cost! Whippee!
Which leaves the rest!
Yesterday, The Day Before Yesterday
The listings magazine and the TV screen ALL told fbb that he could watch (and was watching) the programme about Hornby, the first of a new series of ten episodes. But instead he was actually watching a repeat episode of ...
fbb did watch a Hornby programme on UKTV play. But it turned out to be the last of the previous series. It was all about new Scalextric cars, interesting but not previously watched by fbb.
So we have an unsolved mystery. Who pinched episode 1 of series 2?
Vladimir Putin again?
Modellers' Or DIY Tip
Mix baking powder with Superglue. Why?Hmmm?
Knowing the price of Supetglue, surely it would be cheaper to buy a new plastic gear wheel?
But, whenever fbb wants to hang a 28 pound weight on a steel screw fixed to a plastic tube, he now knows how to do it!
Here is where a right hand point was once inserted at Peterville Quarry station. Note the remnants of the new ballast etc.
Maybe You Forgot - It's a Timtable Book
Roger French's blog, uploaded yesterday, is oh so revealing.
Next Southampton blog : Thursday 12th January