Lights, Camera… Atlantean – Take Three! Is This Really The Weatherfield Wayfarer Route?

In a fit of lockdown-era boredom, East of the M60 plots what could be The Weatherfield Wayfarer’s route

With the nature of this post, you can tell that we are missing our buses. Well, missing them for travel requirements of a non-recreational nature, thanks to that dreaded pandemic which is still a threat to us all in the North West. Thanks to COVID-19, any recreational journeys have had to be plotted in our heads before we are given the all clear. It has meant yours truly looking at old timetables and bus maps – and developing high quality content for East of the M60.

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Lights, Camera… Atlantean – Take Two! Weatherfield Wayfarer’s New Arrival

East of the M60 on the Weatherfield Wayfarer’s new arrival

As a follow-up to our previous article from the 29 October 2013, we at East of the M60 noticed a change to the Weatherfield Wayfarer fleet.

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Lights, Camera… Atlantean! GM Buses’ Link With Weatherfield

East of the M60 on another lost bus route

3320 MCW Metrobus D320 LNB and 3001 Leyland Olympian ANA 1Y (both Northern Counties bodies)
Not quite the cobbles but seen here is MCW Metrobus 3320 at the Greater Manchester Museum of Transport, possibly typical fare on the GM Buses TV Special.

Today, a trip to Weatherfield is a tram ride away to MediaCityUK, or a X50 or 250 from Piccadilly Gardens. In recent times the production lot for Coronation Street, along with the ITV contractor formerly known as Granada Television, has moved to the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal. Continue reading “Lights, Camera… Atlantean! GM Buses’ Link With Weatherfield”

Dogs in Soapland: A Septet of Fictitious Canines

A random selection of canine characters from Soapland

The anorak behind East of the M60 is also a Coronation Street fan, though blogging interests and the like have got in the way of catching up with his five times a week Corrie fix. Schmeichel is one of a few dogs to have graced the cobbles of Coronation Street. As an opportunist way of grabbing more traffic on the back of this storyline, he hastily constructed this cheap and cheerful rundown of other canine characters besides the excellent Schmeichel. Barking? Yes, if you refer to our intrepid popular culture fiend, dog lover and part-owner of a Jack Russell Terrier (who sometimes adds the odd bit of creative output to this blog).

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Tram Crash Television: Coronation Street, 06 December 2010

For several years as an avid Coronation Street viewer, a regular habit of mine has been picking out song titles within the script. I have been meaning to record my observations in blog form for some time, so I thought of breaking this duck tonight with tonight’s second episode. And they didn’t come any bigger than tonight’s tram crash.

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Crimes Against Soap Operas: The Not So Perfect Ten

Serial misdemeanours in Soapland

“First rule of comedy: you’ve got to have reality…”

– Edward ‘Ted’ Bovis (played by Paul Shane, Hi-de-Hi!, 1980 – 1988)

Regular readers of East of the M60 may well note the amount of coverage which this year’s General Election is getting with the little articles on each constituency east of the oft-mentioned motorway. For anyone thinking that East of the M60 is turning into a political blog, think again.
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Remembering Manchester’s answer to Universal Studios

The Granada Studios Tour

If say 30 years ago you were considering a leisure break in the centre of Manchester, chances are you may have been laughed out of the office or pub. That is supposing this office or pub was in the centre of London or anywhere else outside the North of England. Continue reading “Remembering Manchester’s answer to Universal Studios”