And the Winner Is ...
Sunday, 26 March 2023
Readers may well remember the derision which greeted this video starring (?) Grant Shapps (who was Transport Minister that week) and Michael (pink jacket) Portillo.The video was regarded as childish and flippant, lacking the gravitas of such a major change in the way railways would be tun in the UK - possibly.
So The Winner Is ...
Yes, Derby is to the new (and probably VERY expensive) HQ of Great British Railways. Pause for celebration,
fbb suspects that the HQ will be opened by King William just in time for a new railway policy of decentralisation to the regions and nations; and the property will be sold to a developer and be converted into luxury bijou apartments at high rental.
Unless GBR as a whole is ditched before sods are cut.
More Electric Extravagance
Maybe it doesn't matter too much to First as much of the bill for Wallshaw Street and its electric vehicles will be paid for by "the government" and that is you and me, folks.
The world of public transport is an increasingly weird place!
Historic note. fbb visited this very depot back in the late sixties. Oldham corporate had been upbraided by Her Majesty's Vehicle Inspectorate for poor maintenance and a clutch of buses had been "stopped". Sheffield Transport sent over a handful of buses similar to Oldham's finest that weren't so fine. fbb joined some chums from STD Traffic Office for a state visit.
For The Discerning Modeller?
In the drive for more detail and accuracy, fbb is pleased to bring before his utterly fascinated readers three models that can grace their superiorly detailed tracks.
For Narrow Gauge and N-thusiasts!
For The OO Good Goods Wagon CollectorAnother in their series of faux Private Owner liveries. The toffee company is ancient ...
Of course, it will be delicious - as is this wagon c/w small tin of tasty filling removers.
What Colour Are Lego Bricks?
When fbb was nobbut a lad, he had some Lego Bricks were red, blue, yellow, black and white. So when he saw this news item he was incensed with rage.
An artist has painted a former railway bridge in Wuppertal (that's the Wuppertal of the dangling railway) ...
It looks even better from underneath!
Oh sad and ignorant fbb! There are actually Lego brick collectors. They don't make models from them, they just collect and enjoy their aesthetic beauty, And here are the colours so far assembled in a claimed complete collection.
And MEGX, (the artist - no idea how he pronounces his name!) has done another one.
What is the world coming to?
Herrlicher Fußweg auf einem alten Eisenbahnviadukt!
Barely Relevant Snippet.
Two gorgeous pictures of London at Night.
Monday Variety Blog : 27th March