Monday, 30 April 2007
Sunday, 29 April 2007
Friday, 27 April 2007
Thursday, 26 April 2007
Tuesday, 24 April 2007
Saturday, 21 April 2007
Friday, 20 April 2007
Wednesday, 18 April 2007
Tuesday, 17 April 2007
Monday, 16 April 2007
Sunday, 15 April 2007
Saturday, 14 April 2007
Thursday, 12 April 2007
Wednesday, 11 April 2007
Yesterday I was in Plymouth. I had been thinking for a while about going in to Laira Bridge depot to see how the retoration of LFJ 844W was going in the hands of the 'Western National Preservalition Group'. I had been told that she would be re-appolstered, re-pannaled, have a new clutch and be re-painted into the old Western National livery of cream, blue, red. To my shock when I walked into the depot they had done appsolutly nothing except take out the blinds and do a bodg job on the bodywork with just cover sheets of metal. She had been away for nearly a year now and I was expecting a lot more than what looked like it had been done in an afternoon. And after all this loyal service all her life she deserves more. I was even expecting her to ba at the Last Bristol VR Running in Penzance in December or this years Plymouth Hoe rally but at this rate it won't be ready for about 2-3 years let alone months.
Well I don't know much about her history and would like to so anyone who knows anything more about the history, the restoration project or has driven in her in the past please e-mail me ( firstname.lastname@example.org ). Well she started out in 1981 and had been made for the Western National Omnibus company. Two years later she was moved down to Western National and baced at Torpoint depot where she was converted for use on the Torpoint ferries. She lived a hard life there where she was pushed hard on routes like 81B and 81A. Where she also developed a very high pitched wine like the other buses at the depot and more so that normal VRs. She was then renumbered in 1999 from 1200 to 38844. In this time somewhere between 2000 and 2004 she was moved to Plymouth for a short period and then came back to Torpoint in early 2005. She was then one of the last Bristol VRs left in Torpoint and Plymouth along with LFJ 846W and LFJ 847W. Then people srated wondering which would be next to go. Many sucpected it would be LFJ 844W because she was in the poorest condition but early one Tuesday morning I was LFJ 847W on route 81B going to Cremyll when she started to lose drive, became difficult to get in gear and was overheating. She krept up Fourlanesend hill at about 1 mile an hour. We then rested at the top of the hill for five minites to let her cool down. We then got as far as we could but at the bottom of Southdown hill she finnally gave up the ghost and I suppose that was the deciding factor so about two weeks on she left. That left LFJ 844W and LFJ 846W. It then seemed obvious that LFJ 844W would be the next go but in May suprisingly LFJ 846W went and so LFJ 844W was the last Bristol VR left at Torpoint and in Plymouth. She then hung on until August when she left. Now for nearly 3/4 of a year she still sits in her little corner of Laira Bridge depot just waiting for the day she is used again and if that doesn't happen she's mine.
Tuesday, 10 April 2007
Monday, 9 April 2007
Sunday, 8 April 2007
Service 10 is to be retimed to depart Royal Parade 5 minutes later in the hour this is to ease congestion on Royal Parade Stop A7. The service is to operate via Carradale Roadreplacing facilities that are currently provided by Services 46 & 47 Monday to Saturdays.
Service 20 has had the extensions to the Barbican replaced with New Service 25.
MostServices from Plympton continue to the Barbican. Through Fares will be available.Service 21 & 51.
The afternoon 16:45 Service X21 is to leave 16:55.Service 25 Barbican services are to be given their own number “Service 25”; mostjourneys will continue to operate from and to Plympton as a Service 20 (See Service 20)
Service 26 this service has been retimed with improved journey times through Saltashand is to operate via the Torpoint Ferry (Devonport Ferry Terminal)
Service 41 to advance 0628 hrs journey ex Royal Parade by 5 minutes to assist thearrival of “Invensys” workers at their Southway Factory for a 0700 hrs start.
Service 46/A & 47/A is to be withdrawn from Carradale Road See Service 10 forreplacement Services. Daytime Services restored to Keswick Crescent. Evening Serviceswill no longer operate to the Toshiba Factory gates. These changes prepare the Service for conversion to Low Floor Services as soon as resources become available
.Service 49 the 15:00 Service that terminates at Wembury is to continue to PlymouthCity Centre Monday to Saturday.
Service 50 With the increased journey times being provided to other services and toimprove the reliability of the morning peak service 28B there is a need to retime the07:40
Service 50 from Royal Parade to depart 07:30 instead.
Service 62 extra Service 62 departing from Derriford Hospital 08:39 which will continuefrom Transit Way as the 08:53 Service 62 Monday to Fridays.
Service 101 the afternoon service from DHS boys is to depart 10 minutes later at16:05.
Saturday, 7 April 2007
Friday, 6 April 2007
Thursday, 5 April 2007
Wednesday, 4 April 2007
As I have said in a previous blog 34002 has gone majorally wrong and went into Laira Depot to be fixed. Well it has returned to its little corner in Torpoint depot still out of service. I had quite a close look at her but all that seems to have been done is it has had a little bit of a clean up but no parts have been changed. I was talking to a driver and I asked him what they were doing with it. He replyied "I haven't got the foggiest idea". So it is still out of service. The question is what will they do with her next. I will keep you posted on this but my prediction is that she might come to a sticky end.