Wednesday, 4 September 2013

The Bournemouth (Hurn) Airport service glides off to one of Bournemouth’s premier operators. But which one? Today on the Dorset Bus Blog

Meanwhile, here’s another retro image that accompanies a very up-to-date webnews report from a regional newspaper site. Either it was designed to accompany news of changes in the 1970s or people (car drivers?) still see buses in this way. Perhaps they know no better. The modern ETM is an excellent tool but so was the Setright: robust, easy to maintain and sheer poetry in motion in the hands of an experienced conductor or driver. It’s actually an icon in its own right, don’t you think? As someone said recently about a similar picture, “At least it’s not a Routemaster”. As we echoed back in 2005... and elsewhere.

19 comments:

Bob said...

Yes the Setright, product of Harry Setright, otherwise known to many bus crews as the 'fruit machine' as it always paid out! Not bad for a machine that was developed originally in the 1920's!

Anonymous said...

Dave the bus say`s, Did anyone witness the Wilts & Dorset Conductors at Bournemouth Interchange issuing tickets from Setright's during the Air Show. In an effort to abstract revenue from Yellow Buses Wilts parachuted two guys in from Southern Vectis equipped with Setright machines, one of whom was a very old, well known hand.

On the ground relations between the two firms seemed very amicable, with the exchanging of refreshments etc but the Operations Manager of the Yellow's was clearly irritated by the whole business. Final score: probably about 50-50.

Anonymous said...

Bob - did you know that Timothy Tronic and Raymond Farer also developed machines. They abbreviated their first names,

Anonymous said...

But it's not Yellow Buses' revenue until people have paid it to them, surely?

Yellow Buses could have done the same.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget Al Mex; his machines always did the business.

Anonymous said...

That is just the Ultimate comment on ticket machines

freddie said...

It was that admirable lady, Belle Punch, who really started the whole thing off.

Dennis Dash said...

The Swilly in Ireland still use Sterights - they have a feature not available on many electronic machines in that they can issue tickets in sterling and in euros on the same trip by the simple expedient of the driver completing a piece of paper called a waybill as he crosses the border :)

Andrew said...

I did witness the Yellows having their own stand at Bournemouth Interchange (outside the Platform 3 side of the Train Station) over the airshow weekend, complete with a normal machine that you would usually find on their buses!

On a side note, it was great to see the Citybuses out on the road operating on normal services.

Also, I've noticed that NEW W&D X3 Enviro's have arrived (and are currently stationed at the Poole Depot until they go into service) after traveling past on the train.

Bob said...

Actually those who doubt that Harry Setright was his name, have only to look up his son Leonard (LJK) Setright who was quite a famous author. I had the pleasure of having lunch with him some years ago (and his brother David) to discuss his fathers inventions, The Setright was developed from the ticket issuing part of the tote machines invented by George Julius, who Harry was working for. After the installation in Paris of a new Tote machine Harry came to England and set up on his own.

Anonymous said...

And of course, when all these flash boys' break, my old friend Em Ergency-Ticket is always there to help.

Anonymous said...

Setrights have even been used on NbFL! (Imber Bus 23A)

Anonymous said...

Doesn't anyone recall the ticketing system offered by Willy Brew?

Anonymous said...

Don't forget Robot Automaticket

Dr Excitement said...

Changing our discussion here from ticket machine technology and funny names I'd like to go and live at Sorry I'm not in service.

I don't know about you - but that place has an excellent bus service.

paul said...

@Dr Excitement:

...I'd like to go and live at Sorry I'm not in service

I believe this is an East Anglian new town; in days gone by, the original town of 'Service' had a remarkable number of routes operating, given the unpromising location.

Clive C said...

I am trying to find 'somebody else's backyard' and 'not in my backyard'. Given the large amount of things regularly being sent to them they must be extremely large - but don't seem to appear on any maps or atlases that I can find!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I take it blogger is still playing up!

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