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Everything posted by StephenFord

  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.
  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 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 s
  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 condu
  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!)
  16. The ones with the sunken gangways were AEC Regents (although there were a few wartime Guy Arabs that may have made an appearance now and then). Later the B8 was Bristol Lodekkas which had a low (downstairs) floor level, allowing the upstairs to have the normal centre aisle layout within a reduced overall height. I think it was the railway bridge on Moor Road, near Bestwood village, that required low height deckers.
  17. The 141 being (in parts at least) the old Midland General B8.
  18. Re #2 - I agree with every word you say. The problem with christening as I see it is that it makes a statement that is simply not true - summed up in the old Anglican hymn "I was made a Christian when my name was given..." It encourages the attitude that, having been "done", there is nothing else to being a Christian - no need for personal faith, living for Christ, or actually thinking about whether you actually believe the teachings of the bible, for example. Without taking these things seriously, so-called "Christianity" degenerates into a jumble of folk sayings (that might or might not be t
  19. To revert to the original question (boring !) I'm 67 and counting (backwards from next birthday!)
  20. Be careful - the sluggophiles will be urging our government to introduce "hate-crime" legislation to prosecute you sluggophobes.
  21. Re #6 - I'm sure you know that many of the GC services went that way into and out of Marylebone, joining the Paddington direct line between South Ruislip and Ashendon Junction just north of Haddenham (it was a high speed grade-separated junction, seen to this day in that the up track follows the course of where the flyover carrying the GW line over the GC used to be).
  22. Re #194 - You always started out for Devon or Cornwall on a Black and White, but mostly they only went as far as Cheltenham, which in those days was the coach equivalent of Crewe (or the wretched Birmingham New Street) - a hub where everyone from anywhere changed to go anywhere else! From Cheltenham you would usually go by Royal Blue on the Devon and Cornwall. (I say usually, because the old Associated Motorways network did an awful lot of borrowing, swopping and hiring in to cover the peaks - so it was certainly possible to continue all the way in a Black and White. In fact, on August Saturda
  23. Re #89 - as the Chinaman said, "They're not rubbery - they're hollible !"
  24. I hate motorways. Full stop. I think it comes from living "off-centre" in Devon for 10 years. The M5 seemed interminable, and then so did the M42 (or M6 depending on destination). Coming up to Nottingham, we invariably turned off the M5 at Junction 11A near Gloucester and came up the Old Fosse Way. Give me proper roads any day (provided all the other traffic stays on the motorways, of course !! )