Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Anyway i have finished until Tuesday now. Ah well that was the idea. I have been convinced to do a late on Monday night Yes the Bank Holiday Monday.... Oh Well the taxman will at least be happy about it. So off until Monday now. Yiippeeee
Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Monday, 27 April 2009
Sunday, 26 April 2009
Saturday, 25 April 2009
This if you didn't know is called the 'b' of the bang. After a few years of looking rusty and horrid and being unsafe in the slightest of winds it is finally starting it's long road to being removed. The cranes are there the boards are up and the road has been slightly closed. In a way it's a shame because the cost of taking it down will be put onto the people of manchester of which i'm sure most didn't really want it anyway.
Thursday, 23 April 2009
So. It's not often things bother me, but today like on many other occasions the GMPTE people have been in Ashton bus station with the little speed camera. Now, you might think that this is a good thing and that a safe speed in a bus station is necessary. Yes it is. However. 5Mph is a silly slow speed which is so hard to stick to. (feel free to try it, Walk backwards on your hands its about that speed). Here they are in this pic trying to catch the drivers who have probably been spat at, sworn at, assaulted, cut up by other motorists, had bricks thrown at the bus, been hit by waterbombs, not all in the same day by the way that would be cause to change career, hoping to catch someone speeding so they can tell there boss who will in turn tell them off.
I found this practice was increased following the deaths of 2 pensioners in a short space of time at Oldham bus station, Which i think was down to the terrible design of the walkways there, hense the improvements they made if you can call them that.
But.... trying to drive at 5mph i find i am too busy watching the speedo rather than the crossings and other buses in the station?
Rant over. I'll find something else to moan about by weekend.
Heres something you don't see everyday... I finish work, jump on the bike then head towards the canal. As soon as i turn onto the canal i am confronted by the people in this video. Well when i say confronted they say hello. Anyway they are all dressed up in victorian costume on a horse drawn canal boat and are from the Heritage canal something or other.(sorry i didn't write it down at the time). Anyway here they are and because i took an ounce of interest i was asked to shut the lock after they leave?????
Thanks to martinc the website is http://www.horseboating.org.uk/ .Im useless at names. Sorry.
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
Finished work so thought i would come take a look. The dowry street side has gone. There is still some smoke but not much. There are lots of people still here. The residents are even having parties? Odd for a tuesday. Do they not work? Lol anyway i'm sure there are more pics on the net by now so i'll move on.
In work now. I am at ashton bus station and the amount of smoke says it's still burning somewhat. One guy at work says it is still glowing as he passed this morning. It sure will change the horizon in Oldham. 100 years it withstood the weather the bombs the vandals now a generator seems to have demolished an entire mill. Feel free to email me your pics from where you can see it from i will post them when i get home. Oldham100@hotmail.com videos welcome too.
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
Half the mill is now down but the explosions can still be heard.
As per comments on this posting, the mill is no longer standing. The tower still remains but i am not sure how stable this would be now.
Sometimes this job can be slightly boring. And at the moment i am getting very bored of seeing Glossop. Before there depot shut down i only came up here on sundays. Now i am never away from the place. The roadworks don't help the karma neither. This picture is from henry street towards the market hall where i will be setting off from on a 236 all the way through to manchester. It takes about 4 days in total lol no just feels like it sometimes.
Monday, 20 April 2009
Saturday, 18 April 2009
So. What do we do when we are not working apart from the healthy stuff like riding bikes and going to the gym lol. Well tonight the ashton elite are out on the town. The newly formed Stagecoach ashton social club are holding the diners night. Tonight is the turn of the brazilian restaurant pau brazil on lever street in manchester. However at the moment we in the crown and kettle on great ancoats st. This is the first time i have been in here and it is a lovely place. This is a pic of the ceiling. Lol.more will follow. If i can type.
Thursday, 16 April 2009
This bus was on the 216 earlier today. There appears to have been some problems with the hamburg fans who are visiting to watch the uefa match later and this bus was the victim. More mindless damage which will eventually get charged to the passenger.
This is the view from our building to the yard across the canal. The trucks and trailers you see are a film crew who have been filming around stalybridge and around the canals for the past two weeks. I'm not sure what the programme is but the stars are also on site i think as there are some posh trailers. I hear they are filming in the old market hall in stalybridge tomorrow. So if you fancy a bit of star spotting get down.
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
Forget your walnut finish inside your rolls royce. This is the bus i have this morning. I think it's an old Maynes bus now 15382. What a lovely wood finish it has inside the saloon both up and downstairs.it kind me reminds me of an old sideboard my gran used to have. Lol. Anyway because the schools are off i have an easy morning today.finish at 2 but of course the downside is gettin up at 4am.
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Monday, 13 April 2009
Saturday, 11 April 2009
Friday, 10 April 2009
Well i have just got to work. Not done anything yet but the mindless thugery from last night is staring us in the face. I have never been able to understand why people take pleasure in throwing bricks at buses with people on. I don't know if anyone was injured yet, hopefully not. Working till 7 today. Hopefully it will be a nice easy day but as all the shops are open and we are running sunday service the chances are it will be busy. We will see. Ps i got a mention in the manchester online blog of the week, thanks for that.
Thursday, 9 April 2009
This is the junction of market street and ashton new road in droylsden. On most days this junction causes us no end end of problems. The timing of the lights on the new road side is ridiculous. This is where you will get 4 buses on a 6 minute service arriving together. It doesn't take a genius to realise if they made the lights stay green for longer this will improve reliability. This is also where the metrolink will end. So more traffic problems are to be expected. Joy! Anyway Good Friday tomorrow and i'm working. But get saturday sunday off so not too bad. I'm sure i will find something to moan about later or even tomorrow.on 217 today for 5 hours so get to see the hills.
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
Well, the schools are off, the roads are quieter but it seems everyone is doing there best to make rush hour more miserable. Even me. Or so you would think. After spending an hour blocking a road in glossop yesterday (which i choose not to write about as it was embarrassing) today i am tasked with baby sitting this MAN bus which has broken down on Ashton new road at the lights at Asda. Traffic at the moment is as far as i can see and i don't think it will get any better. Whilst we have a better than average fleet, problems can of course arise at the worst times. Just hope i get rescued soon because i have run out of bananas.
Sunday, 5 April 2009
So here comes part 2. On the 217 starting at Stalybridge through Dukinfield, Droylsden, Clayton then to Manchester. It's not too long on Sundays but through the week it runs as a Circular round Mossley, Tameside Hosp, Ashton. Takes 2 1/2 hours all the way round with the 217 going to Ashton first and 218 Heading off to in the Stalybridge direction. It's still sunny and the roads have once again picked up with shoppers.
Sundays are a nice day to work. Especially first thing in the morning. It's such a change from the weekday school time rush we have to work with. This morning i am in Ashton bus station about to leave on a 231. Again as in my last post a much complained about route. Basically because it now goes to the hospital on the way to Ashton from littlemoss. It does take a while longer but this is also down to the fact there is a stupid amount of running time from broadoak to Ashton. I could do it quicker on my bike. Anyway got this and then 217. But i'll moan about them later lol.
Saturday, 4 April 2009
Well, what a hectic day. Spent most of the morning stuck in glossop in roadworks. Just when i got away from them i got stuck in Dukinfield on the 346. Follow that up with 2 mad busy trips on the much complained about 216 and it all becomes a very hectic day so whats best to wind down. Pub? Bottle of wine in front of the tv? Nah. A trip to the seaside to watch the sunset. I'm in Morcambe it the moment. This picture is looking towards barrow in furness. It's really been cleaned up since i last came here. Onwards to fleetwood and blackpool before home i think. On at 7 tomorrow morning so do need some rest lol.
Thursday, 2 April 2009
It sure is hard when the sun is out to have the will to work. This however is our own litte hideaway in the depths of Ashton bus station. Unlike some depots we are based mainly out of the bus station in Ashton. So once we leave the depot on the every 20 minutes taxi we don't return until finish. It's a similar set up at charles street. However because First's Dukinfield depot and Speedwell's Ashton services also use the bus station rest room we have an extra one just for Stagecoach to avoid congestion. Anyway off for a few mind numbing trips round haughton green.