Buses - so good they named them

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Buses - so good they named them

Postby TeresaFoodie » November 14th, 2017, 9:02 am

We have an absolutely fabulous bus service round here courtesy of Arriva. :kneel:

Each bus is named!

I have never encountered this phenomena before but felt it needed a bit of research.

Here is a detailed list of the buses I see every 15 minutes pulling up outside my flat.

https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/globalasset ... is-who.pdf

I do like seeing Wink. Haven't seen him today but I bet he'll turn up later. I will wave! :lol: Dawn and John have been on the prowl, picking up appreciative passengers.

Do you have any public transport naming systems where you are, or am I just in a weird part of the world?

By the way, our bus drivers are always happy and polite! Well done Arriva, Wink, Dawn, John et al. :tu:
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby PatsyMFagan » November 14th, 2017, 9:12 am

I don't think London Transport name their buses, but Eddie Stobart does .... there are ES spotters out there as well as a 'fan' club ;)
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby StokeySue » November 14th, 2017, 10:09 am

Well, if you can have A Streetcar Named Desire....

As well as a play and a film that was a real thing I believe in New Orleans they named the trams

It's a great idea though, well done Arriva Luton

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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby Gruney » November 14th, 2017, 10:48 am

I can't find anything to support this now, so I'm probably wrong - but when I was at school, I was told that "Desire" was a district of New Orleans, and was the destination of the streetcar - and therefore shown on the front of the tram.
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby suffolk » November 14th, 2017, 11:19 am

Here you are Gruney - your memory didn't deceive you :D

"... The Desire streetcar line was in service from 1920 to 1948, at the height of streetcar use in New Orleans. The line ran down Bourbon, through the Quarter, to Desire Street in the Bywater district, and back up to Canal. Blanche's route in the play—"They told me to take a streetcar named Desire, transfer to one called Cemeteries and ride six blocks and get off at—Elysian Fields!"—is allegorical, taking advantage of New Orleans' colorful street names...."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Tr ... ed_article .......... Scroll down to Article 8
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby Gruney » November 14th, 2017, 11:21 am

Thanks Suffs :tu:
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby Seatallan » November 14th, 2017, 1:08 pm

PatsyMFagan wrote:Eddie Stobart does .... there are ES spotters out there as well as a 'fan' club ;)


Indeed- I always look out for Eddies when we're traveling. I get quite excited when I see an Eddie in our neck of the woods (the main depot is in Carlisle). Not only that, but I know someone who had an Eddie named after them :D
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby TeresaFoodie » November 14th, 2017, 1:54 pm

Fascinating stuff about Desire! Also Eddie. I haven't seen an Eddie in ages, but whenever I do see one I always look for the name.
Dawn just sailed past. Good old Dawn. I was making a cuppa out back earlier and heard a bus coming along. Dashed to the front in case it was Wink. Nope, John again. Wink must be having a day off. :lol:
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby suffolk » November 14th, 2017, 1:58 pm

TeresaFoodie wrote: Wink must be having a day off.


Maybe he's having 40 winks? ;)
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby Catherine » November 14th, 2017, 2:20 pm

TeresaFoodie wrote:Fascinating stuff about Desire! Also Eddie. I haven't seen an Eddie in ages, but whenever I do see one I always look for the name.
Dawn just sailed past. Good old Dawn. I was making a cuppa out back earlier and heard a bus coming along. Dashed to the front in case it was Wink. Nope, John again. Wink must be having a day off. :lol:


You really need to get out more :lol:
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby aero280 » November 14th, 2017, 2:39 pm

I think that Arriva run buses around Watford. There's a bus called "Luther Blissett" that is on the route to South Oxhey. Luther was a forward for Watford FC on three occasions between 1975 & 1993. He also played for AC Milan and England.
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby Chinchilla_lady » November 14th, 2017, 3:52 pm

IIRC he was also nicknamed Twizzle or was that another Watford FC player?

The buses round here have names too, but I'm blowed f I can remember a single one atm :lol: Oh, one is called Centurion.
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby StokeySue » November 14th, 2017, 4:31 pm

Luther Blisset''s name was also adopted by an Italian writer's cooperative who wrote an historical thriller called Q - partly about Martin Luther, I didn't really get on with it
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Q-Luther-Blissett/dp/0099439832

We used to spot Eddie Stobart, but also Norbert Dentressangle, one goal for each spotted, see which won the match / journey :D
Apparently Norbert Dentressangle is a perfectly normal name in Artois
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby Zosherooney » November 14th, 2017, 5:24 pm

I've got a green Ford Puma called Penny Pitstop Puma, Suff would know about that though !!!!
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby TeresaFoodie » November 14th, 2017, 6:00 pm

suffolk wrote:
TeresaFoodie wrote: Wink must be having a day off.


Maybe he's having 40 winks? ;)


:lol: Probably. A much needed snooze! He's been a busy boy has Wink.
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby Grasshopper » November 14th, 2017, 8:51 pm

suffolk wrote:
TeresaFoodie wrote: Wink must be having a day off.


Maybe he's having 40 winks? ;)


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby Amber » November 14th, 2017, 9:04 pm

Anyone else remember the old days of Norbert Dentressangle? ;)
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby aero280 » November 14th, 2017, 9:30 pm

Is Willi Betz still about. I don't remember seeing one for a while. There's also a company that covers Europe called "Waberers"
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby aero280 » November 14th, 2017, 9:35 pm

I see that Waberers is Hungarian.
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby TeresaFoodie » November 15th, 2017, 1:14 am

Amber wrote:Anyone else remember the old days of Norbert Dentressangle? ;)


I do! We used to call them Norbrert Dontransonglay! :lol:
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby Zosherooney » November 15th, 2017, 9:06 am

I see those ND trucks from time to time. We have a local company called Herman Miller
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby Suelle » November 15th, 2017, 9:47 am

I've spent a lot of time hanging around railway stations, waiting for trains, over the last few months, and a lot of the railway carriages/engines have names - the most notable one I've remembered was 'Paul McGann'. I wonder what he did to get that honour? :D
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby cyprusmoira » November 15th, 2017, 10:00 am

In Cyprus the fuel tankers are named after sites in Occupied Northern Cyprus except for the Jet Fuel tankers, they are anonymous
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby StokeySue » November 15th, 2017, 10:09 am

Suelle, I've a feeling they might have used the names of all the Dr Who actors, but I can't find anything about it, just a faint memory of something to do with Sylvester McCoy.
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby Suelle » November 15th, 2017, 11:35 am

StokeySue wrote:Suelle, I've a feeling they might have used the names of all the Dr Who actors, but I can't find anything about it, just a faint memory of something to do with Sylvester McCoy.


That sounds likely! :D
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby earthmaiden » November 15th, 2017, 12:58 pm

You can probably find a website with all the names of your local buses ... such as this one for our local ones:

http://www.thamesdownbus.com/page.shtml ... ABOUT%20US

We went on King George V yesterday ... and four others whose names I didn't notice.

When the children were small, OH and his friends liked things to do with railways and we spent many happy hours trainspotting on picnics and things with other families. You tick off each one in a little book as you see it and the aim is to spot every one in the country (that was their excuse for boozy weekends away from their families to some rather remote parts of the country which we could ill afford :rolleyes: ). There were a couple of really geeky guys amongst those who used it as an excuse. Once they had spotted every engine in the country they moved on to buses - sometimes if I go to the bus station I see them there still spotting buses - 30 years later. Nice that they've got a hobby.

You could start doing that with your local bus names if you could find a list Tezza.
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby StokeySue » November 15th, 2017, 1:17 pm

Err, Tezza posted a link to the list in her first post ;)
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby Ratatouille » November 15th, 2017, 1:21 pm

Amber wrote:Anyone else remember the old days of Norbert Dentressangle? ;)


Ot Norbert disentangle as he was known to a friend's young family and, less politely, Norbert Centerdangle to ours!
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby earthmaiden » November 15th, 2017, 1:42 pm

StokeySue wrote:Err, Tezza posted a link to the list in her first post ;)


Ooops .. I read it when I was half asleep - sorry!
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby aero280 » November 18th, 2017, 1:05 pm

Doncaster Council have announced the results of the public vote to choose names for their winter road gritting machines! I think the chosen names are better than Boaty McBoatface! :)

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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby Luca » November 18th, 2017, 1:13 pm

Love it! :lol:
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby StokeySue » November 18th, 2017, 2:12 pm

I like Brad Grit too

Doncaster Council seem to be on the ball - read the tree thread (note: the video clips may not show correctly on some mobile devices, but you will get the drift)

https://twitter.com/MyDoncaster/status/922847186316152833
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby TeresaFoodie » November 18th, 2017, 2:39 pm

My Dad alerted me to David Plowie this morning. :lol:

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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby suffolk » November 18th, 2017, 2:56 pm

Sort of connected .... I once stayed in a seaside B&B called Salty Towers :lol:
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Re: Buses - so good they named them

Postby TeresaFoodie » November 18th, 2017, 3:43 pm

:lol: :lol:

Totally unrelated...I once stayed in a b&b called Homeleigh Hotel and the whole place went down with pork food poisoning. Nothing 'homely' about that! :lol:
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