First of all many thanks to railcam.uk for permission to use one of their stills for this year's Christmas header pic. As you can see from the pic it was taken this morning at Ribblehead in North Yorkshire. Northern Rail Class 158 is battling manfully against the snow and it seemed an ideal and up to date pic to use. Railcam isn't just good for watching trains, but I've watched lightning storms and seen countless wildlife through their cameras. Worth a visit and supporting.
Keeping with the festive spirit and two BorderBus drivers, Malcolm and Terry have swapped their buses for decorated grottos. I hope to do a special post on them nearer Christmas but the front of Malcolm's bus - the E300 - is just brilliant with a display of Santas, including a piano playing one in the centre. Here is a sneak preview of what is to come.
|Just love it.|
|That's all there is for now!|
|First Aberdeen 38219 ADL E500 SN09 CCX pic (c) Stephen Pirie|
|The rear of 38219 pic (c) Stephen Pirie|
Thanks to Stuart Leader I can tell you that the unfortunate bus was on a bridge that collapsed during last week's Storm Desmond. It was a school bus that mercifully was empty and the driver escaped unharmed but I would imagine with a need for a new lower uniform.. Andrew Pursey has also been in touch with a link to a video of the bus in the river which you can see here. That in turn links to another video of the salvage operation which you can see here. Many thanks to Stuart and Andrew for getting in touch. For the record bus 20 was an East Lancs Mylenium Loylne bodied Dennis Trident 2 built in 2005/6 but with the registration HMN 245J
|Not exactly sure what happened there but ouch.|
|Part of the remains of I.O.M. bus 20|
The second incident happened in Northern Ireland, when a bus crashed through sea defences and splashed down rather spectcularly. It happened on the ironically named Portaferry Rd. Note to the thankfully not seriously hurt driver - buses can do ferry duties but are not actual ferries - portable or otherwise! For the full story click here.