Boston Lodge : Big new Look
The Festiniog Railway depot was run down even before the original slate line closed post WW2 and decay continued. The depot, at the end of the causeway called The Cob, was in a poor shape, yet claims to be the oldest steam railway depot still in use in the whole wide world.
Admittedly it is a bit like the worker's yard brush that is still in use after 50 years with only 20 new handles and 25 new brush heads!
The most recent major project has been to rebuild and extend the carriage sheds, seen here at the estuarial edge of the site (right) ...
Bad News For Buses - Again!
Both on-line and live on the six o'clock news on 29th December, the BBC has reported on fears of further bus cuts when the current round of "aid" runs out in April this year. Fairly short on fact and over-blessed with negative "vox pop", interviews were conducted at the Northern General Hospital (NGH) bus stop on Barnsley Road in Sheffield.
Interviewees spoke about all the usual suspects; no evening buses (there are evening buses), can't get to church (you can), and even a remark from one chap who told us about new bus shelters being installed on a road with no buses. fbb can't think where that might be either, but it is certainly nowhere near the film's location.
One "expert" bemoaned that fact that, even if you read the timetable, the buses did not turn up.
What timetable? There have been no printed timetables in Sheffield for years, which has clearly contributed to the decline in passenger numbers.
There will, indeed, be a huge problem when (maybe if) the Government funding stops, but a better and more credible report (buses were passing by all the time the interviews were happening) could have made the case more effectively.
And, as a helpful bonus, the on-line piece was headed with pictures of buses in Birmingham.red so it must be London!
Coming to a TV Near You
Will we hear about TT120, and how will they explain it?
Big Bulky Boxes Bursting with Biomass
Drax Power Station uses compressed wood pellets sourced from sustainably managed working forests in the US, Canada, Europe and Brazil, and are largely made up of low-grade wood produced as a byproduct of the production and processing of higher value wood products, like lumber and furniture.
So it's sawdust, then - but compressed into pellets? And it is transports from all over the world to the UK and then carried in trains (diesel hauled of course) from port to power station. And then burnt.
So has fbb got this right? This sawdust pellets are made, inland, in Louisiana ...
Then by a big oil-guzzling ship all the way to Liverpool ...
All very environmentally friendsly - NOT!
But while we contemplate the greenness or otherwise of Drax power station, we could buy a two-wagon set of Drax Biomass "tankers" for our N gauge railway.
Hornby used to make an OO Version, with a set of two at about £100 to £120 ...
Next Bank Holiday bits blog : Monday 2nd January
Your unknown bus stop location is Foxhill Road, one stop Northwards from Foxhill Crescent, looking south, and now unserved by buses since the 135 and 32 were axed in October.ReplyDelete