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  1. 93 was Central Bus Station to Woodhouse in the 1970s and most of the 1980s. Prior to that it ran to Stradbroke. I think it was extended through the city to Firth Park as a replacement for route 4 in the late 1980s - perhaps when Meadowhall opened.
  2. The coal from the new mine being coking coal for use in steelmaking and not for use in power stations, a point which the protesters are either unaware of or deliberately ignoring.
  3. Hill Street Blues is available online via all4: https://www.channel4.com/programmes/hill-street-blues This was not good for me, as I watched the whole lot over a short period, to the detriment of other things I should have been doing. For some unknown reason the first 4 series are all listed under series 1, but it is all there. It would certainly be good to have it back on TV, though.
  4. Shin pads have been compulsory for many years - they cettainly were when I qualified as a referee in the mid 1990s. From Law 4 "The Players' Equipment" Compulsory equipment The compulsory equipment of a player comprises the following separate items: a shirt with sleeves shorts socks – tape or any material applied or worn externally must be the same colour as that part of the sock it is applied to or covers shinguards – these must be made of a suitable material to provide reasonable protection and covered by the socks footwear http://www.thefa.com/football-rules-governance/lawsandrules/laws/football-11-11/law-4---the-players-equipment
  5. https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/yorkshire/50-consultation Gives more detail, including the proposed stops within Sheffield.
  6. The new Gleadless Library opened in 2003.
  7. Not sacked (apparently), but Keith Curle is leaving Carlisle United at the end of the season: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:rLeID8vHCSIJ:www.newsandstar.co.uk/carlisle-utd/latest/article/Carlisle-United-boss-Keith-Curle-to-leave-at-the-end-of-the-season-63b58f97-741a-4651-a858-b4ea243e35a2-ds+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk&client=opera
  8. I find the easiest starting point when planning a journey in Sheffield is to use the route maps available from Travel South Yorkshire. The South Sheffield map (dated 28th January 2018 ) shows me that route 1 traverses Norton Lane and routes 18, 20 and 75 pass close by. The 1a does not go to Norton Lane, turning from Blackstock Road onto Constable Road.
  9. I remember being taken down Lightwood Lane to see the steam loco back in the 1970s and it was mentioned on Sheffield History some time ago, although no-one on there seems to have ever seen it. It was Brown Bayley's No 4 and ended up at the Midland Railway Centre
  10. But not in yesterday's incident, as it was a driver only operated service . I agree that the presence of a guard should be of massive benefit in such incidents, not only in dealing with the passengers and driver but also in protecting the train and communicating with the emergency services. In this instance the driver seems to have been physically unharmed, but that is by no means always the case, and he/she might easily have been traumatised and incapable of doing a great deal. I fear, however, that the fight to retain a second safety critical member of staff on trains has been lost. After all, the rot set in 35 years ago when the first driver only service started between St Pancras and Bedford.
  11. I know what duties guards have and I am all in favour of all trains having a second safety critical member of staff on board. What has yesterday's incident got to do with this, however?
  12. What has yesterday's accident at Barns Green got to do with the disputes over Driver Only Operation currently going on?
  13. The works buses were almost all renumbered when the PTE took over in 1974. Before that the 703 was the 103, the 704 was the 104 etc. ---------- Post added 16-02-2018 at 11:36 ---------- 61 was Low Bradfield, 62 was the rather infrequent service to High Bradfield. Before being 61 and 62 they were 16 and 116 respectively. I always liked the early Sunday morning journey (0750 from Campo Lane) on route 16 which ran during the trout fishing season only. Not that I ever used it or even saw it, but it was not something I saw marked on any other timetable.
  14. There was also, from the mid-1960s, a Limited Stop route to Chesterfield numbered 512 which was timetabled to do the trip in less than 40 minutes. Another route to Chesterfield in the early 1960s was the 62 & 64 via Eckington, created when Sheffield's Eckington service was combined with the East Midland/Chesterfield Corporation routes to Eckington. I used the 99 as a child in the 1970s when trips from home at Townend to Chesterfield were sometimes made, and I always got nervous when going under that bridge at Barrow Hill, despite the fact that the buses had been going under it for many years! The bridgewas so low that when Leyland Nationals were introduced in the early 1970s it was found that because of the "pod" on the roof they couldn't fit under it. Sheffield Transport sometimes used double deckers on the 99 for peak hour extras to Gleadless Townend (and perhaps beyond - a lot of these extras weren't in the published timetable). Somewhere in my collection I have a photo of one such bus. The routing of the 99 via East Bank Road and Gleadless Road was an early 1970s change, I seem to recall. Until that time it ran via City Road and Ridgeway Road to get to Townend, and at some point in history ran via Hollinsend Road up to the Heeley & Sheffield and then along Gleadless ROad to get to Townend.
  15. Potteries Motor Traction began as a tram operating company (Potteries Electric Traction) in the late 19th or early 20th century and change name to Potteries Motor Traction in 1933. Nothing at all to do with Midland Red or the 1968 transport act. Midland Red lost its operations in the West Midlands PTE area in the early 1970s but the rest of the company remained intact until being broken up in the early 1980s for the privatisation of the National Bus Company. PMT did not operate buses to Sheffield until the mid 1970s when their existing Hanley to Buxton service was combined with the Trent service from Sheffield to Buxton. No Sheffield bus ever operated to Stoke. Until 1968 that Sheffield to Buxton service was jointly operated by Sheffield JOC and North Western Road Car as route 84, this being one of the routes taken over by the National Bus Company when the JOC finished. A quick look at a 1967 timetable shows that on journeys to/from Gainsborough a change of vehicle was required at Retford, implying that Lincolnshire Road Car buses did not get to Sheffield, but in the early 1970s timetables the need to change is not mentioned, so I am not certain on this. As well as the Leeds route Sheffield also had jointly operated routes to Bradford (route 66) and Huddersfield (route 68 ), the latter being extended in the late 60s/early 70s to Halifax.
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