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  1. Not so clear as the one Oztalgian put up, but here's a Midland General/Mansfield District route map, which shows where the B8 went reasonably well. https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=midland+general+map&rlz=1C1OPRA_enGB560GB561&espv=2&biw=1517&bih=735&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjeprL6x5nSAhVnB8AKHfrLAGsQ7AkILw#imgrc=4ObpM4cQiWwGqM:
  2. I completely agree with you Oztalgian. The 3-blind layout was common to most of the THC (former Tillings) group companies, but Midland General did it slightly differently. Most had the final destination at the top, with the route number and 3-line "via" screen underneath. MGO had the final destination at the bottom - which I suppose was more logical - so that the full display on a B3, for example, would show in the right sequence Eastwood, Brinsley, Selston, ALFRETON.
  3. And one of the wider (8 foot) ones behind on a 39. Couple of minutes later and he'd be rattling over the cobbles down Handel Street.
  4. My lovely daughter has given me (amongst other things) four coasters : No. 1 says "Yerwott?" No. 2 : "Utch up!" No.3 : "Tea's gone coad!" and No. 4 : "Gerrit dahn yuh!" I wonder what city she could have bought them from?!
  5. A picture on Flickr suggests that this bus had been re-registered, having previously been MDL 953 (Southern Vectis 507). Under the old system "AS" was Nairnshire, but the list on http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/registrations/dl.htm has no record of BAS being issued. The old two letter AS apparently sufficed for Nairnshire registrations from 1903 to 1964 !
  6. Deeply sorry to hear this. I too always enjoyed his posts (including the rants!) because they were always so well-written with plenty of descriptive detail.
  7. Amitryptiline also contains a muscle relaxant. I was prescribed it (a) for back pains, and then (b) for shingles. (I began to wonder if the doctor had shares in the manufacturer!) I was told to start with one (10mg) at night, and gradually increase this to FIVE. Well, I never got beyond two at a time. Not exactly nightmares, but the most peculiar and unsettling impressions in my sleep, and fit for nothing before 10 in the morning. If I'd taken five, I would have been like a zombie for a week at a time. I persevered (with two) for a few days, but eventually I thought, "Blow this for a game of soldiers" and finished with them. Lousy stuff.
  8. Referring to Mark_A's question of 22 May (which I obviously missed!) in 1962 the Bournemouth - York was scheduled to leave Banbury at 2.58 and arrive in Nottingham Vic at 4.36 (pm - in the days before the railway had been invaded by the 24 hour clock!)
  9. Just seen a picture of 1929 Guy double decker in Derby on facebook East Midlands Transport Remembered. The radiator looks rather similar. I wonder if this was a Guy? (We'd better finish this private discussion soon, or they'll start throwing things at us!)
  10. It is a guess, and I could be totally wrong Merthyr. The radiator does look similar to a Gilford, but Gilfords apparently used Gruss-Springs (Don't ask - I'm not technical!) and these were always very obvious sticking out at the front.
  11. I would say that it is East Midland (in the old colour scheme of chrome yellow, chocolate and cream, used until the mid 50s when they adopted all-over red - boring!). My guess is that it is a Leyland, from the days before the deep radiator was developed. Rear entrance single deckers weren't all that rare, and East Midland certainly had plenty of them over the years. What is more unusual is the outward opening swing door, which probably indicates that it's a coach, rather than a bus. Opening a sliding door as the bus came to a stop was fine, but you didn't want enthusiastic passengers (or conductors) throwing open a swing door, and clobbering unsuspecting folk on the pavement !
  12. It was only the trolleybuses that took the Nottingham Road route out of town. The original Ripley trams started in Parliament Street (about opposite the big Co-op as far as I can gather), and then followed the old Bulwell route by Canning Circus, Alfreton Road, Bentinck Road and Radford Road, before bearing left over the bridge at Church Street Basford. You can see this on the map that Merthyr Imp put up.
  13. O dear! I knew Mrs Glass - and her husband, who also taught French, but at Mundella. But I won't say any more about it!
  14. Jill, maybe it was a reflection on the standard of the rest of the class ! However, from my perspective I reckon the position 1st in English must have been well-deserved. I could sit here reading your reminiscences of Manning all day.
  15. Actually, East Midland had another two routes into Nottingham - the 36 from Doncaster via Worksop and the 37 from Retford. Like the 12A they were all operated jointly with Trent, who confusingly used different route numbers. The Trent version of the 12A was a 63, the 36 was a 64, and the 37 was an 80. (Are you confused yet? You soon will be!)