Saturday, February 21, 2009

RAMSEY BUS STATION

All aboard


After skywatch  yesterday a more realistic photograph. One of those walking shooting images you take when you hope no one is looking. Notice that white lump in the background that was the embarrassment of snow I told you about we had? It settled on the mountain and wouldn't budge just didn't make it's way down to the town. Told you our snowfall was pathetic.  That's going off at tangents though. This is as you can all read is the bus station.


 As there are locals on this I have compressed and posted the low res version. This was last Saturday. Not very busy is it? Credit Crunch after Christmas not many travelling to the sales in Douglas. You can see the buses lined up ready to go as far a field as Douglas and Peel. We even have bus called the "Ramsey Skipper" which basically travels full circle around the town. Handy if it's raining(have I mentioned it does that a lot) or you just can't be bothered walking with your shopping. It's a great way to see the town should you be a tourist or new to the area as you get to see not only the town but a trip along the promenade for a normal fayre and not an over priced tourist bus price. If you are visiting the island I recommend a bus ride. Fabulous way to see the full majesty of the coastal cliff areas from the top of a double decker you just don't see from a car. As you can see our bus station is graffiti free inside and out and the waiting room has non vandalized toilets and radiators that work in winter. Jealous aren't you? I here so many places now where people won't wait inside. Sometimes it's good to be small. When you can't get a bus though......


......Get a taxi. We have had a lot of problems recently in Ramsey with the merger of two taxi firms, one now owning the other and the service I am sad to say has not been up to the old standard and we have been let down badly. Happily a new one man operation we came upon by chance taxied me to Douglas. I want to give a big shout out here to Adrian of NE Cabs 817272 Executive Private Hire. Came at very, very, short notice let me take a detour to drop off some work, was on time and got me to my destination on time too. Friendly and professional and I did say to him that he was getting a plug on the blog. If you read this blog and you are North of the island, call him. First time we'd used him and we continue from now on. We all to often moan about bad service, but tend not to praise good. Redressing the balance. 


Maybe I should be a tourist for a day and try the skipper. I can't recall the route so that could be fun. Who's for a virtual bus ride round Ramsey via the camera and the internet. Let me know. Do have a local skipper type bus and do you use it I wonder?

28 comments:

Kathy said...

Thats what you call a tiny bus station. Ours are large bus terminals. Hey at least you got some snow. All we got was an ice storm.

bitingmidge said...

It rains a lot and sometimes snows, yet the buses stay outside?

Or will they drive through the building to pick me up I wonder?

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Jon said...

Take the bus. Is that a depot? Like the bold red and no graffiti.

Annoyed of Ramsey said...

Talk about timely! I tried to book a taxi tonight. Told none available for 2 hours. Booked it. Turned up 40 mins late, no sorry, and didn't drop me off on the doorstep but 5 doors away. I work late bar Weekends
am a good regular customer so I expect by now they would be grateful for the regular work. Plain lazy and rude. This is the first tine I have ever said anything on your blog and I am sorry it is so negative but I am so fed up with taxis in Ramsey and I saw your post tonight and needed to let off some steam. Thanks for the new firm. Love your blog hun whoever you are.

George Townboy said...

That cabby is gonna be so busy now!

Cloudia said...

Yes, I too plan to ride our municiple bus route around my island of Oahu, but never seem to get around to it. . . .Aloha-

Gaelyn said...

It is a clean and crisp looking bus station. No bus here. But I took a shuttle van from Prescot to Phoenix and back, does that count. I liked letting someone else do the driving.

Neva said...

The snow looks nice! And the bus station....well...the bus station in Chicago is not one I am going to take a picture of!....your is lovely.

Pietro said...

What a beautiful image, with that snowy mountain over there! The bus station seems to me like a theatre.
Have a good weekend!

Bibi said...

This is a cute little station, and definitely a bus station I'd enjoy waiting in. Most of my experiences inn bus stations/terminals has proven so depressing.

MartinC said...

A bit of a change from our bus station in Ashton - and the photo there only shows about a third of it - I'll have to publish a photo showing more of it!
Nice to see that, although your bus station looks quaint and old-fashioned, the buses look new and comfortable.

Jackie said...

Actually this is the kind of photo I really like, a bit of gritty realism - I know the IoM is gorgeous, but it isn't just reflections and sunsets :)

Good for you for plugging a local business. Hope they get more business as a result.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Ah, yes. It IS wonderful to get good service. Wish I could say poor service is confined to the Isle of Man...but I'd be lying.

Small City Scenes said...

Always good to vent a little. good for the shout out for the new taxi service. Hooray for him. MB

JM said...

I like the different whites fore and background.

Anonymous said...

It's a lot cleaner than ours which I hate going into. All the lowlife hang around in there.

Tanya said...

I like this photo and it does look like at least the mountain got a fair share of snow, more than we have gotten at any rate.

Yes, be a tourist and show us around!

Maria said...

What a nice little bus station! Love the snow covered mountain in the background :)))

Babooshka said...

Annoyed of Ramsey - Thanks for stopping by. Nice to know you follow the blog and are from Ramsey. No worries about you letting off steam on my blog I know exactly how you feel. Stop by anytime you want to rant and rave. It's cathartic. Many thanks all for stopping by and for all those to come.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for not deleting that comment. You know where I'm coming from though.


Annoyed of Ramsey

Buck said...

We haven't enough tourism to warrant a skipper bus. Albany, the state capital has two services like that!

Would love to see a virtual tour of the island.

Ben said...

I thought it was fire station, if that was not saying "Bus Station" on that building.
About the snow, it's same here. We have a snow (in the winter) on the mountain range that I can see from here but not in town.

Peter said...

As there is a very little chance that I will ever come to Ramsey: yes, please a virtual bus ride would be nice!

lisasarsfield said...

I love the red paint work againts the background of snow!

Gail's Man said...

A small and safe bus station. Must be about the only one in the British Isles. There's two in the city centre here and are linked to shopping centres. Neither is particularly welcoming. Not that I travel on buses very often.

John said...

This was a neat bus station.

Greyscale Territory said...

Cute bus station! It could almost pass for a rambling, quaint cottage!

angela said...

It looks a bit like a Fire station.
The Ramsay Skipper..I'd ride it just for its name.

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