Saturday, 27 November 2010
Final day of the 40
First Devon and Cornwall's service 40 (Threemilestone to Camborne) ceased operation today after many years with the company. Of course this was one of the routes that was inherited from Western National, where I am told they used to carry loads requiring VR operation. Well times have changed and the staple diet of the 40 has been reduced to Dennis Dart MPDs. Though through the reduction in the tender revenue they receive they have decided to give it up and place it into the hands of Western Greyhound who will start the route on Monday as their 540.
This was the first time I've done the 40, and its quite an interesting little route, passing through many sleepy villages. The bad weather made the journey even more interesting with the Dart slipping and sliding in several places along the way making it that bit more exciting. The route does take forever to travel very little distance though. In the time the 14/18 take around 30-40 minutes to get from Threemilestone to Camborne, whereas the 40 takes a shade under 1 hour, 40 minutes. Good luck to WGL in their running of it from Monday, who knows, we may see the VR conquer the route once again!