“Golden” Holiday Memories
It was wonderful countryside.
Dateline Tuesday 26th April
Miss commissioned models to commemorate the Dunkirk evacuations and these are displayed along a small back corridor.
fbb is fairly sure that she did not acquire the Great Western Railway nameplate on displayed in her “museum”.
It was accompanied by pictures of the actual loco, from the Saint Class. None of these engines was preserved, so the keen folk associated with Didcot Railway Centre decided to build one.
She is given the fake number of 2999 and called The Lady of Legend.
In passing, fbb was uncertain whether the weather station parked in one of the rooms would provide accurate forecasts.
Likewise the Regency scaffolding tower was surprisingly modern in construction.
A highlight of the Arlington Court site is the NT’s national carriage museum. Mrs fbb trudged the Devon mile or so round trip to enjoy the remote exhibits whilst fbb chickened out on the grounds of holiday fatigue and creakiness. But the collection is well worth the trudge.
This one looks better without the Regency plastic sheeting!
Now one of those would be a delight for the ride back to the gaff at Combe Martin!
… and changing automatically, too. Sadly, when fbb peered round the pointed end, there was the real projector hidden in the display cabinet.
The Bee Line was a chunk of Alder Valley buses re-jigged for privatisation. The name re-appeared later under the ownership of First Bus.
Now the “brand” is resurrected yet again for the much diminished First Bus operation based in Slough where the passengers are shared with Thames Valley, once a constituent of Alder Valley but now a brand of Reading Buses having more recently been Courtney Coaches.
… and there is a Beeline timetable booklet.
As usual, the company tells us how wonderful it is
Nothing much has changed since the most recent re-jig of routes and timetables. Two snippets caught fbb’s eye. Service 12 to Britwell is operated by Thames Valley (a k a Reading Buses – sit up straight and pay attention!). Wonderfully the Thames Valley service …
… which extends to Heathrow, is included in the First Bus book. How refreshing.
Sadly, it doesn’t appear on the Beeline map …
… and the buses can be bafflingly branded.
Wokingham to Heathrow anybody?
… suggests a very cunning plan to get more pennies into the railway’s widely assorted piggy banks; carrying parcels on passenger trains.
… with parcels offices called Parcel Points? …
… and signs at stations.
It is a wonder nobody has ever though of this scheme before.
Obviously a huge yellow dog with a blue nose is a vital part of public transport PR. But what and where.