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I agree with all you say, Alan, but with one (tiny) caveat about cars. I think that for many Brummies cars weren't a realistic option then and not really for another decade or so; we tend to forget in this age of easy credit and comparatively high pay just how difficult it could be to get the...
To be honest I don't see many of the city's beauty spots in any of those lists. I do see a fair amount of civic "look what we're doing" in the sheer number of council estates being visited and the inclusion of things like Yardley Swan underpass, and I think it's fair to say that these tours...
One last chance, eh? Tour 4 takes us north. Sutton Park, maybe?
Umm... Not quite.
Hockley flyover. Six Ways underpass. Witton Cemetery. Castle Vale. Saltley and Nechells gas works.
12 bob wouldn't even have bought us a Midland Red day anywhere ticket (they were 16/- by then) and...
Shall we give it another go? Tour 3 takes us south, into the posher bits (maybe).
Camp Hill flyover; the Druids Heath Development; the Ley Hill Development.
Still, at least you pass Cadbury's and Carillion*.
* No, not the bankrupt construction company.
Tour two takes you to the east of Brum.
Via Handsworth, which I'm pretty sure has never been east of Brum.
(Their sense of direction was clearly as poor as their idea of what was interesting).
But... Wow! You can see the "site of Salford Bridge Motorway Link, various factories and power...
Tour one takes you to see the south-west of Birmingham, my old stamping grounds.
Be enticed by the Artificial Limb Centre and entranced by the Views of Shenley Court and Weoley Castle [council] Estates!
They haven't quite got the idea, have they?
I've been scanning some timetables and things from around the country and came across a Birmingham City Transport leaflet for "Sight-Seeing Tours of City 1968" which I thought you might enjoy.
So, let us head back... It's 1968, the height of the swinging sixties, and Birmingham...
Just bumbled into this one while browsing the forum and I think it's time to come out of "hiding" and post something as I can (I hope!) put you all out of your misery:
944 was the number Midland Red allocated to the Boney Hay to Birmingham Limited Stop service it inherited from...