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Transport Snippets

Wellingborough News, 3rd June 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

EXCURSIONS—The railway excursions announced by the two companies were liberally patronised, a large number of the inhabitants availing themselves of the day's holiday. Sixty-six booked to Liverpool or Manchester, and a great many went to Bedford and Leicester, where special attractions were announced. Corby Fair also had numerous visitors from this neighbourhood.

Wellingborough News, 20th January 1883, transcribed by Kay Collins

THE 'FAMENOTH' the vessel in which Mr. Joseph Bayes and his family sailed for New Zealand, reached its destination on Monday last.

Rushden Echo, Friday, April 20, 1906

MR.WILLIAM COX was 90 years of age on November 15 last, and he has lived in Rushden since 1854.  He was born at Ditchford toll gate.  He can remember the old mail coach.  One Christmas there was an extra deep fall of snow, and the mail coach got right off the road into the fields, and had to be pulled out by 12 horses. [part of a longer article]

Rushden Echo, Friday 28th September 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Accident on the Midland Railway—Some alarming rumours got about on Saturday night that a serious accident had occurred on the Rushden and Higham Ferrers branch line, and in some of the Sunday papers the occurrence was much exaggerated. What happened was that between 4 and 5p.m. on Saturday a goods engine working some trucks near Rushden brickworks fouled the points in such position as to block the line, which on this branch is a single one. The result was that all traffic was for a few hours completely blocked. Occurring, as it did, on a night when passenger traffic was very heavy with Feast visitors, a good deal of inconvenience was caused, but nothing worse happened. Trains were run to Irchester station, from which point people walked to Rushden.

The Rushden Echo and Argus, 13th September, 1940, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Bus Service Off
A letter from the United Counties Omnibus Co. stated that their Little-street service had now been operating for 18 months, but it had never been found that any appreciable number of passengers had been carried. In view of the figures and the need for economy in the use of motor fuel the Highways Committee had “no observations to make” on the Company’s decision to end the service.

[Part of a longer article - see Rushden in Wartime]

The Rushden Echo and Argus, 23rd December 1949, transcribed by Gill Hollis

Ice Caused Many Falls, Skids - ‘Is there a Sand Shortage’ Asks Trades Council
Slippery roads on Wednesday caused complaints from members of Rushden Trades Council at their monthly meeting in the evening. They wanted to know: “Does the Urban Council listen to the weather forecast; do they believe it and is there a shortage of sand?”

When they know the answers, they think it may explain why the main street in Rushden was not sanded until after most of the workers had passed over the ice, and why some streets on the outskirts of the town were not sanded at all. It was stated that the ice led to several bad falls and dangerous skids by vehicles.

Members agreed that the previous night’s weather forecast had stated there would be severe frost, and that a warning had been issued about the probable state of the roads. They thought the Council should have been prepared, and organised the sanding of the main streets before many people were out.

It was suggested that there might be a shortage of sand, preventing any but the streets in the centre of the town being made safe for traffic.

Workers buses were this morning having to creep along, in some cases making the passengers late.

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