Who’s Going : UNO Who!

It began as a message to fbb from Roy, a Sheffield correspondent. But Alan in Northampton did know anything. They someone repeated the rumour at  Northampton meeting nothing to do with buses. Finally it has been confirmed by a West Northamptonshire councillor.
he pink and purple UNO buses will be leaving the town after business on March 24th 2024.

18 is a park and ride service aiming to keep cars away from the new campus near the limpid waters of the River Nene. It is not well used.

The 19 links said camps with the Uni halls of residence still on the old site to the north of the town. It is not well used.

The 21 is a”normal” town service which competes in the Eastern Disrict with Stagecoach,

59 and 60 are tendered rural services that have, over the years, been operated by almost all possible bus companies associated with the town.

It is not a cash cow – not even a cash doormouse!
Alan reports that passengers loadings on all routed are genyerall thin, and that recent registrations have presaged cut backs in frequency and, in one case, withdrawal of weekend services completely.
The huge problem for West Northamptonshire council is, in a nutshell, what happen next. If UNO are going home, it seems unlikely that any other operator will take the network on. So what will the students do then, poor things? The county has no money, so a subsidy from their piggy bank is unlikely.
Will the University stump up more subsidy for a new contractor?
UNO continues to operate in Hertfordshire and for for Cranfield University.

Socks was the cat whose staff included US president Bill Clinton. Socks “passed” in 2009!

But fbb is journalistically excited by real socks, feet for the use of. And here they are.

And again here!

The pattern is intriguing. It is the same as the moquette offered standard on the new range of ADL buses.

More Socks!

You can buy a “Tote” bag – or some coasters.

But also available in the company’s moquette …

… is a pair of socks! Also hinted at in Teitterings is a pair of similat-styled slippers – but fbb could find no illustrations of these items of clothing, ideal for an old codger like fbb.

These goodies are available from the Harrogate Buses “boutique”.
Celebratory Floral Displays 
Famous for its five bay overall roof but not that well known outside of the East Riding of Yorkshire,
Hull Paragon station is a real gem.
The left hand two bays have now lost their platforms and trains in favour of a superb bus station and associated stuff.
But the station is 125 years old.
New “planters” now carry a badge to celebrate this birthday; a badge …
… also worn by staff.

Also available (fbb knows not where or how?) are suitably branded biscuits.

Is the picture edible?

More Floral Displays
Celebrating nothing at all, fbb has been continuing his experiments to create cheap abd (semi) realistic floral displays at Peterville Quarry station. fbb is sure that his readers would enjoy a look at his latest efforts. (Don’t yawn too loudly!)
Thes new planters begin with toothbrush heads as before.
25p for two from Tesco!

The bristles are hacked about and painted green …

… then plastic strip is stick on to (a) make the planter and (b) disguise the toothbrush shape.

The neeyxt stage involved spreader “No More Nails” along the edges and in the odd holes here the tasteful curves on the brush meet (or don’t meet!) the rectangle of the planter,

It looks a mess …

… but remember this is railway modelling from the Bill Bodge and Fred Fudge book of advice and tips; an invaluable boost to fbb’s skills (??).

Scatter “Grass” is sprinkled on the white glue …

… followed by those Diamond Painting blobs as before.

Eagle eyed readers will note that the white flowers are the very rare square bloomed Castellata Monochromia Rectangulata which only grow in former chalk quarries now used as an HQ for a heritage railway.

(fbb has misplaced a small bag of ROUND white blobs.)
But at the normal viewing distance and with a bit to tweaking …

… they are almost as good as the new tubs at Hull Paragon!

Told You So!
A technology note from Down Under.

They are trying out two of them.

60 Years!
fbb did enjoy a TV broadcast (BBC4 on Thursday, last) extolling the virtues and sharing the problems of a very sophisticated transport system. 

Another technology, using induction charging from the floor was easily defeated by the Time Travellers.

Despite its antiquity, the story was still quite scary even though aysix episode story was “condensed” to just 75 glorious nostalgic minutes.
They are ALL on iPlayer.
 Next Variety blog : Sunday 26th November 
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