Posted on 02/04/2014

Photo taken on August  6, 2013

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Conditions on McBraynes 'Isle of Lewis'

Conditions on McBraynes 'Isle of Lewis'
- in this case, from the "Isle of Lewis", one of CalMac's vesels.
As I noted to my SNP MSPs Lockhead and Robertson, I have travelled on
a better maintained Bangladeshi river steamer in my time.
The windows are not only filthy but rusting in their frames and staining the curtains.
CalMac is apparently owned by a holding company, owned by the Scottish
Government. Never mind the paying, travelling citizenry, what do tourists make of such a poor example of the care and attention paid to maintenance in Scotland's public transport?

That looks one of like the windows in the cafe. She has been quite a mess every time I've been on her.
(I wonder when you took the pics as she's away in Birkenhead being worked on at present)
4 years ago.
Coldwaterjohn has replied to spacemouses
Last summer when we were over in Valtos. The Transport Minister replied to me eventually saying that it was scheduled for an overhaul - long overdue judging by the state she was in - more like travelling in the Third World than Scotland - disgraceful. Rather than spending money on the First Minister's golfing jaunts to the States, it would have been better spent on transport used by tourists and the Public in Scotland. (Rant over - for now!)
4 years ago.
spacemouses has replied to Coldwaterjohn
She went South a bit over a week ago. I followed her on AIS until she got lost in the 'crowd' in the Mersey, just outside Liverpool. So almost certainly she's in a Birkenhead shipyard.
Rumour has it, she's getting a refurbishment- ie, a paint job! (They might even wash the curtains)
She always seems to break down a few times, after being worked on...
4 years ago.