The Watlington Mystery - A Big P.S.
Saturday 18 November 2023
Back in the day, Watlington had its very own bus and coach company, namely House's, usually dubbed House's Watlington Buses. With many thanks to correspondent Julian, fbb can bring you the company's timetable for its service to Reading.
Two timetables are shown, one for a Wednesday and Sunday service ...daily means Monday to Saturday! And here is Mt House's bus at Reading Station in 1972.
Later, the Reading route had passed to Motts who, in 1991 were branding themselves as Yellow Bus ...
Indeed, the current tender winner, Red Rose.
Correspondent Julian offers a cynical comment along the lines that, as the services have never been successful in recent years, why is Oxfordshire wasting his money and fbb's subsidising them all over again!
Of course, some local authorities like to do things which will win votes at the next election - even at the next General Election. Or maybe Oxfordshire has surveyed all the rural unserved villages in the county to discover where replacement services might be needed?
Back, Sure, At Blackmoor
So the following appeared on-line ...
fbb was at first confused (it happens more easily these days) by pictures of Barnstaple Town signal box ...
That's because there were two - one (above) for the standard gauge line and one ...
U1 - Who Might Buy You One?
The London and North Eastern Railway Class U1 was a solitary 2-8-0+0-8-2 Garratt locomotive designed for banking coal trains over the Worsborough Bank, a steeply graded line in South Yorkshire and part of the Woodhead Route. It was both the longest and the most powerful steam locomotive ever to run in Britain. It was built in 1925 with the motion at each end being based on an existing 2-8-0 design. The original number was 2395, and it was renumbered 9999 in March 1946, and then 69999 after nationalisation in 1948, although it retained its cab-side plate bearing its original number throughout its life. The locomotive ran for some time as an oil burner, and was tried out on the Lickey Incline in 1949–1950 and again, after the electrification of its home line, in 1955. These trials were unsuccessful, and so the locomotive was withdrawn in 1955 and scrapped.
... up the hill towards Penistone.
An Accolade For fbb!
It is not often that fbb gets addressed in an adulatory mode - so to be calles "awesome" is a rarity (although very much deserved, says fbb, with uncharacteristic modesty!).
As a regular customer of Oxford Diecast, (this is fbb's second purchase) it must ber his latest order for four "pot-luck" models sold cheaply that has provoked the note below.
N.B. The "toothbrush" project follows tomorrow.
Next Variety blog : Sunday 19th November