Was on a 320 today on the way to mothers and heard the new announcement. The driver got quite annoyed with and turned the announcements off completely, kindly explaining his fustration on why he did it. Don't think this announcement will last long with all the complaints.
After dropping my sister off at school this morning, I decided to go on a little journey. I saw 957 was close to West Croydon Bus Station whilst heading there on 8522. So I went to catch it, and was only meant to go to to Purley...but when I got on the bus, a familiar face was driving it. It turned out to be the same driver who took me out on PVL386 on my last day at Stockwell in March, and was now permanently transferred to Croydon following route 19/249's loss! So as a result I decided to do route 405 end to end to Redhill, then we had 15 minutes before the next rounder began, so I had an interesting conversation with the driver about how much better Croydon is compared to Stockwell, how good and bad certain types of C's buses were (she absolutely loved the Scania, which was really easy to drive, but the only problem was the heating was limited in the cab) and much more. The driver also let me change the blinds of 957. Now since this is the only double decker which has route 434 on the blinds, I simply had to do this! I also changed it to route 359 as well. The driver also left me to look after the bus when she quickly had to go and get some water, which was a privilege to say the least! I then headed back to Purley on it.
Its drivers like these who we need more of in our industry, passionate, kind drivers who love their jobs and want to go far. As a result of today's trip I wrote straight to Croydon's OM when I got home to commend the driver. After having a few bad days this month, this really made my day
For those wondering, 957 has routes 54, 64/N64, 75, 119, 127, 130, 181, 202, 284, 293, 353, 359, 405, 434, 612, 654 and T32 on its blinds. Believe it is much the same as 189-192.
I had a driver like that in august whilst on the 181. I knew him from when I had made a depot visit at MB an he showed me and a few friends so recognised him from then, but he's known me apparently for a while as he used to do the 181's when it was with SL so has seen me and my Mum/Dad a few times in the few years gone by. We had a chat mostly on about a few thing non bus related an a few bus related stuff. He had LDP192 so we had a chat about that the good and bad thing about it an got to start it up for him which was nice got told what buttons did what. Then set off home after that.
It's really nice when you have drivers like that especially if they remember you an you don't, but can make you feel wierd. 😂😂😂
Just on the R6 and it's done the most bizarre diversion ever! Towards cray (normal thats simple) Frm Cray Ave - Lft Kent Road - Right (straigt to St Mary Cray Station)
Towards Orpington Stn Frm St Mary Cray Station follow LoR to Crockenhill Road (this is where the wierd thing happens) Turn Left Burrfield Drive - Left Crockenhill Road - Right onto High Street back towards St Mary Cray Station - Left Cray Avenue - Left Kent Road - Right Lower Road then back to LoR.
I'll do a diagram after college of it to make it look like sense
Seems abit of a long winded loop diversion any other strange diversions anyone been on?
Was on WVL230 yesterday on the R9 and noticed the iBus was going a bit funny. I was at the walnuts centre bus stop and got on and noticed the ibus say R9 to... then cut off, looked at the PID and it was displaying * as if the ibus were lost. It became fine when going back onto the high street but as it got to the war memorial bus stop it done exactly the same other than this time it didn't announce the destination.
The iBus stayed at * for quite a while until it got court road where it sprung back to life announcing court road, but only after it passed the stop. 😂😂😂😂 since then it announce nothing at all which gave me sometime for engine/idle recording for a game I'm making.
Had an idea for a Catford Bridge to Swanley kinda route
Route Number: 461
Calling at: Catford Bridge Sandhurst Road Verdant lane Brownhill Road Burnt Ash Hill Marvels Hill (loop round grove park Cemetry Dunker Road Mottingham Road to Chistlehurst War Memorial Follow the 61 to Perry Hall Road Then Follow the 477 to Swanley
Have it every hr or every 30 minutes
It's an idea that I know probs won't happen realistically, but ya know. Any changes or alterations feel free 😛
Was on an E400 on a 208 today (forgot the fleet/reg number) and noticed the hand rails at the wheel chair area have slightly changed from the normal curved design enviro' usually use to a kind of square like design with another grab pole sticking out? I got a pic to show also the hand grab for wheel chair users has slightly been shortened from being all the length of the wheelchair area to half way.