This is particularly apposite following the excellent talk by Professor Greenwood on the future of alternative power sources at the Autumn conference.
When it comes to making electric cars better, it’s the batteries that you’ll hear about the most.
But what about the motor that actually drives the car?
Almost 50 years ago, Sir Paul McCartney and his band Wings decided to decorate an open-top bus in psychedelic colours to take them on tour across Europe.
He converted the double-decker for his post-Beatles band and their families, with the seats on the upper deck replaced by mattresses and bean bags.
Now, after being found in Spain, the Wings Over Europe bus is back in the UK and is to be sold at auction.
(The police car is now in Swansea Bus Museum.)
The former owner of a vintage police car has got back behind the wheel of his “beloved” vehicle after 33 years.
Brian Gough, 82, paid £50 for a 1951 black Wolseley in 1974, and donated it to South Wales Police’s museum in 1986.
After moving around museums for 30 years, it went on display at Swansea Bus Museum where Mr Gough climbed into the driver’s seat once again . . .
A 110-year-old landmark bridge in Swansea has been lifted to be taken for restoration.
Preparation work has been under way for weeks and the Bascule Bridge near the Liberty Stadium was moved on Sunday.
More than 20 workers, a 53m (174ft) crane and and a truck performed the manoeuvre.
The 70-tonne Grade II listed bridge will then be assessed and restored at Afon Engineering, Swansea Vale, and re-installed next year.
Image copyright SWANSEA COUNCIL Image caption The Bascule Bridge was built in 1909 to strengthen Swansea’s copper industry
The bridge was pivotal to the area’s time as the world copper capital, and its hinged steel structure would lift to allow for river traffic to pass through.
[ I declare an interest in this project as chair of the Friends of White Rock Copperworks, and chair of the Friends of the Slip Bridge – another iconic Swansea bridge, spanning the Mumbles road and three railway lines. John Ashley, webmaster. ]
A major shake-up of the Welsh bus industry is being planned by the Welsh Government.
Ministers want to boost services by introducing a London-style system where bus operators bid to provide services.
It could allow councils to dictate what bus services are provided, but there are concerns it could put some bus firms out of business.
New Welsh Assembly legislation is expected to be published within the next year.
Not UK, but of great interest.
Artist Jake Berman plots old public transport systems in period style. From LA to Toronto, San Francisco to Buffalo, he has created maps of cities’ modern transit too, so you can click and compare
The first service station opened in Watford Gap in 1959 – and the motorway meal was born. What does its evolution tell us about British tastes, past and present?
As part of the
Celebrating Britain’s Transport Textile project, London Transport Museum curator Georgia Morley has researched the hard-wearing and distinctively patterned fabrics that have covered Britain’s transport seating since the 1920s
The Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire is hosting a talk at 2pm on WEDNESDAY 24TH APRIL 2019 at LIVERPOOL CENTRAL LIBRARY about
car registrations in the period 1904-1907 in Cheshire. It will be delivered by Dr. Craig Horner of Manchester Metropolitan University, an expert in the field. Full details – Old Crocks and Dodgy Car Salesmen.
All 16,000 buses in the fast-growing Chinese megacity are now electric, and soon all 22,000 taxis will be too ,,,