Bus and Coach Worker Support Day: Stagecoach Pays Tribute

Industry united in supporting Britain’s bus and coach workers On Tuesday, Stagecoach paid tribute to the country’s bus and coach workers, to mark Bus and Coach Worker Support Day. This recognises the thousands of people involved in keeping key bus services running during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Less Remembered 1980s Children’s Programmes #3: The Untied Shoelaces Show

BBC Scotland’s early 1980s summertime treat The fusion of popular music and children’s television programming has been a solid formula for public service and commercial broadcasters around the world. In the United Kingdom, its commercial potential was seen in programmes like Lift Off With Ayshea (Granada Television) and Saturday Scene (London Weekend Television). By the…

The Beano’s 4000th Issue: On Message as Ever and Glossy

Why, in the most darkest of days, we should never be without The Beano In living memory, the last week has been one of the most darkest and tumultuous weeks. Within 24 hours of Jeremy Corbyn’s meeting with leaders of opposition parties to prevent a Tory No Deal Brexit®, Boris Johnson (and possibly his unelected…

Carry On Up The Fare Stage

An irreverent look at unusual places served by everyday bus routes 11: Cemetery Gates, 125: Doffcocker, 583: Dangerous Corner, 666: Hell… From our disjointed list seen above, could you guess which one of our four bus routes is actually a fictitious one? Well, you may surprised to find that the 11 is a fictitious route….

The Duffers’ Guide to Rail Operations #2: Sleeper Trains

A rough guide to nocturnal and, mainly horizontal, travel options Imagine boarding a long distance train by night and waking up in another part of the world the following morning. In another country, or another part of the country. Most of the great long distance trains, for example the Trans-Siberian Express, traverse more than one…

The Joy of Silence and the Music of Being

Why Silence is Golden I am probably the last person on Earth to be associated with silence. In nearly ten years of running East of the M60, my online life has multiplied. Firstly, my first online experience was via college, since 1996. This was in The Good Old Days of Netscape 2.0, when Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser was a…

The North North of the Border: A New South Scotland?

A pipe dream or a possibility? Over the last week, most of the UK’s populace was agog at David Cameron clinching another term of office. That as part of a majority Conservative government, Britain’s first since April 1992. As well as apathy and the most partisan press campaign since Michael Foot was Labour leader, nationalism…

Scottish Independence Referendum: The Problem is Westminster

An alternative view on the possibilities of Scottish independence or maintenance of the status quo During the term of this parliament, I have doubled the amount of days I have spent in Scotland during my lifetime. Besides the joys of Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley railway stations, I have added the Far North and Kyle of Lochalsh…

The Roads Least Travelled: Contemporary Bus Operations in Gairloch

Or ‘Now You Know What I Did This Summer (2013 Edition)’ East of the M60‘s series of obscure bus routes have covered Transport for Greater Manchester’s boundary in the last two months. Thanks to one of Miry Lane’s finest, I booked a Mystery Break with my Dad and we only found where we were going…

Transpennine Express’ Electric Dreams Come True

New Class 350 EMUs to reach Ardwick by Christmas First/Keolis Transpennine Express’ already modern fleet is set to be augmented by ten 4-car electric trains.  The Siemens Desiro EMUs are set to reach Liverpool and Ardwick depots by December. The new trains will cost £60 million with the addition of EMU depots in Preston and…

The Joy of 600s: A Not So Perfect Ten Special

East of the M60’s 600th post Where did the time go? Did I used to have a life before I began blogging? To be honest I still do (how on earth do I manage to write the other 599 posts). Right, that’s enough of the histrionics, time to go back on track… *    …

Is This The 343? The Not So Perfect Ten

10 other 343 bus routes across the UK Our first Not So Perfect Ten of 2010 has pushed the geek envelope even further. In the last five years since East of the M60 and StuartVallantine.co.uk came to existence, there has been many a reference to the creators’ favoured bus route. That of course is the…