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All change please!

It’s been a while, and the Pirate Omnibus changed lines. Please remember to take all belongings with you. You can now find it at: http://stabernethy.com/ See you there 😉 Advertisements

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Flat out

One of the problems with being a historian is that every time you see the phrase ‘revolutionary thinking’ there’s a jaded sounding little voice in your head that sarcastically says really? So when the Londonist opened an article with the … Continue reading

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Taking the bus

Shamefully, sometimes this blog doesn’t quite live up to its name. To rectify this, we bring you two singular cases of omnibuses related criminality designed to stun the mind and bemuse the senses. Sort of. One night in August 1932, … Continue reading

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Return of the Women-Only carriage (vintage 1845)?

Being a historian is often being resigned to having a constant sense of déjà vu. This is doubly the case for anyone who has studied public transport, with ideas from over a century ago often being picked up and repackaged … Continue reading

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Let them eat cake

August 1864. For 100 people on a train life was about to get a little frosty. When we think of train travel in the United States in the late nineteenth century our thoughts probably shoot back to the famous moment … Continue reading

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Communication Breakdown

‘What were the objections to the Bill? One was that there existed no necessity for legislation on this subject, and another was that if a means of communication between passengers and guards were established they would have old women travelling … Continue reading

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How to solve a problem like the rush hour

Rush hour. For some it’s an 80’s classic by Jane Wiedlin featuring a bizarre array of dolphins for no apparent reason. For others it’s Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker belting their way through two fun action comedies. Also a third action comedy … Continue reading

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