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by chason
12:08 Saturday 6th June 2020
Forum: Diamond Bus (Rotala)
Topic: Yet More Buses for Catshill
Replies: 10
Views: 1686

Re: Yet More Buses for Catshill

This week's Bromsgrove Standard, in response to 'copius complaints' about the rerouted 202, quotes a Diamond spokesperson as saying that it operated at a financial loss which could no longer be sustained. She went on "The former 202 presented a number of operational difficulties and despite triallin...
by chason
22:23 Friday 5th June 2020
Forum: Diamond Bus (Rotala)
Topic: Yet More Buses for Catshill
Replies: 10
Views: 1686

Re: Yet More Buses for Catshill

I observed my first 44 working this afternoon , being worked by one of Diamonds Metrocity buses. Small time table notices have been attached to the appropriate bus shelter and workings are displayed on the electric bus timetable display screen. The only thing missing was passengers . . . . . . ;) A...
by chason
12:37 Sunday 31st May 2020
Forum: Fleet Discussion
Topic: OHA956
Replies: 2
Views: 313

Re: OHA956

Thanks, Tim, for the comprehensive info on these dual purpose vehicles. During my younger days, Malvern garage had two, 3931 and 3972, and used mainly on MN local services but occasionally on day trips and the Sunday evening mystery trip. The rattling, particularly the seats when not being sat on, w...
by chason
22:53 Thursday 28th May 2020
Forum: Miscellaneous Operators
Topic: Mersey Ferry & Pier Head Pt. II.
Replies: 4
Views: 376

Re: Mersey Ferry & Pier Head Pt. II.

Thanks, Tim. Some nice shots from a very interesting city from a transport viewpoint as well as several other features.
by chason
22:23 Monday 25th May 2020
Forum: Services, Routes and Timetables
Topic: Pandemic -- DD usage
Replies: 13
Views: 1966

Re: Pandemic -- DD usage

WoW !! - - Thanks for that info bmmoboy and chason !! It makes me drool, just to think of those scenes -- -- it's a shame there aren't more photos of them, -- if someone will lend me a time machine, I'll go back and get them !! Mind you, I've been told that a greater proportion of pubs served only ...
by chason
14:23 Monday 25th May 2020
Forum: Services, Routes and Timetables
Topic: Pandemic -- DD usage
Replies: 13
Views: 1966

Re: Pandemic -- DD usage

On Bank Holidays of old, single deckers as well as doubles were used on the 144. In fact, it was quite usual for Hereford garage to run on Malvern local services to release their single deckers and crews for the 144. Oldbury, Hartshill, Dudley, Sutton Coldfield and Bearwood also provided double deck...
by chason
15:44 Saturday 23rd May 2020
Forum: Diamond Bus (Rotala)
Topic: Yet More Buses for Catshill
Replies: 10
Views: 1686

Re: Yet More Buses for Catshill

A very good description of The Forest junction, now of course junction 1 of the M42. I agree about three lane roads which Worcestershire Highways were quite keen on. To have two overtaking vehicles heading towards each other in the same centre lane sounds lunacy now........and it was then. Quite a f...
by chason
15:35 Saturday 23rd May 2020
Forum: Miscellaneous Operators
Topic: Alexcars closes
Replies: 4
Views: 1008

Re: Alexcars closes

Just shows how serious the situation is, I am afraid. I hear Sea View Coaches of Poole have also collapsed. I fear there will be more to come and the knock on effects on other businesses are likely to have quite an impact too.
by chason
09:25 Friday 22nd May 2020
Forum: Diamond Bus (Rotala)
Topic: Yet More Buses for Catshill
Replies: 10
Views: 1686

Yet More Buses for Catshill

The currently suspended 202 (Halesowen to Bromsgrove) is to recommence on 1st June renumbered as 44. It will no longer serve Rednal, Lickey or Lickey End but will run via Lydiate Ash, Catshill and the Princess of Wales Hospital into Bromsgrove. This, with the hourly 144, will restore two buses an ho...
by chason
13:27 Sunday 17th May 2020
Forum: Trains
Topic: 56103, etc!
Replies: 10
Views: 967

Re: 56103, etc!

Fascinating stuff. Many thanks Matt and Tim.

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