30 April 2012

Seventy Seven

One of my favourite blogs out there is the Southern England Bus Scene as it covers an area I am very fond of having been born in Portsmouth and spending a lot of happy times there. The latest post is part of the Sunday Lost Scenes and covers Plymouth Citybus route 77. It was then I came across this route 77 in Plymouth, although this is Western Nationals 77 which I am sure was a Royal Parade to Barne Barton route although I cant recall why it wasn't just the 7 as it had been for many years. (Thinking about it, it may have been the old & split with the 7 running from town to Plymstock with the Barne Barton end becoming the 77?)

Western National 1100 SFJ100R
©Jos Van Hemeert
Western National Bristol VR 1100 SFJ100R - Ply., Andrew's Cross - 17-07-1987

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  1. I lived down in Plymouth at that time, and can't remember a 77. Perhaps this was a driver being lazy with the blinds on a 7?

  2. No, I am pretty sure the destin is correct. There was a 77 I just cant remember why!

  3. I saw the First 'First in Cornwall' rebranded bus at the weekend in Truro area. Sp perhaps there is no sale on the cards as rumoured. Sop is First here going to be Plymouth or Devon ???

  4. At the time it was about the time when citybus was operating services into plymstock and to make the 7 service more reliable it was split from barne barton with 77 opetating this services, if i remember correctly


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