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That's an interesting theory and one I would tend to agree with.

It also seems to go against the grain regarding theories about 'brand loyalty', rather than loyalty (or familiarity/affinity) towards a number or particular route.

An ex-girlfriend who didn't drive and lived in the Stanley area, often caught the bus. Can't remember the number of the service, but there was one which ran between Durham and Stanley, via Grange Villa, West Pelton and Beamish. Obviously apart from being handy, it was unique, different and one which evoked memories of when she was younger and with a parent on a day out or returning home from a friends or college.

That service doesn't exist any more, how she feels about the Diamond - who knows, but certainly adds weight to our comments.
(10 Jul 2013, 1:23 pm)Andreos1 Wrote: It also seems to go against the grain regarding theories about 'brand loyalty', rather than loyalty (or familiarity/affinity) towards a number or particular route.

It would also extend that to the type of bus operated on each route. I'm not familiar with what buses operated on the 194, so I'm unable to comment whether that type of bus was staple on that route. However, in Blaydon/Winlaton, the 631/632/633 was almost always an Altantean; the 648/649 a MCW Metrobus; and the 638/641 a single deckered National. United buses operating through Blaydon were usually either Bristols or ECW Leylands (or something - I'm not really that familiar with the names of specific models). Passengers could probably identify their bus by the uniqueness of its shape or sound.

Today, in my opinion, buses look and sound more or less the same. I doubt the vast amount of passengers would be able to tell the difference between models.
A nice bit of social history to get your day off to a start.

Quite a lengthy read on the BBC website, but very interesting www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23795655
(10 Jul 2013, 1:23 pm)Andreos1 Wrote: That's an interesting theory and one I would tend to agree with.

It also seems to go against the grain regarding theories about 'brand loyalty', rather than loyalty (or familiarity/affinity) towards a number or particular route.

An ex-girlfriend who didn't drive and lived in the Stanley area, often caught the bus. Can't remember the number of the service, but there was one which ran between Durham and Stanley, via Grange Villa, West Pelton and Beamish. Obviously apart from being handy, it was unique, different and one which evoked memories of when she was younger and with a parent on a day out or returning home from a friends or college.

That service doesn't exist any more, how she feels about the Diamond - who knows, but certainly adds weight to our comments.

718 or 719 perhaps, I used to live in Fram and was part of a drama group in Stanley and was always on those buses oh happy days Big Grin
(27 Aug 2013, 10:40 pm)fozzovmurton Wrote: 718 or 719 perhaps, I used to live in Fram and was part of a drama group in Stanley and was always on those buses oh happy days Big Grin

It was the 720 which ran through Grange Villa, West Pelton and Beamish. The 718/719 went via the same route the 43/44 does now.
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http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/nort...ed-1400677

Possibly relevant to the bus incidents thread.
Came across it by accident today.
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GNE's CLS Depot in 1993;

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Some excellent photos around Percy Main.
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(06 Apr 2014, 9:46 pm)Andreos Constantopolous Wrote: http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/nort...ed-1400677

Possibly relevant to the bus incidents thread.
Came across it by accident today.

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(10 Jul 2013, 1:23 pm)Andreos Constantopolous Wrote: That's an interesting theory and one I would tend to agree with.

It also seems to go against the grain regarding theories about 'brand loyalty', rather than loyalty (or familiarity/affinity) towards a number or particular route.

An ex-girlfriend who didn't drive and lived in the Stanley area, often caught the bus. Can't remember the number of the service, but there was one which ran between Durham and Stanley, via Grange Villa, West Pelton and Beamish. Obviously apart from being handy, it was unique, different and one which evoked memories of when she was younger and with a parent on a day out or returning home from a friends or college.

That service doesn't exist any more, how she feels about the Diamond - who knows, but certainly adds weight to our comments.

As said earlier, it was the 720 that you are on about. It interworked with the 704 (when it used to go down Hollyhill Gardens etc). I remember it rather well and always made sure that when going to Durham i did my best to try and get that particular service, just because of the route it took.