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NVR 'Nassington Flyer'
« on: January 31, 2015, 07:33:04 AM »
A1 Bus Co will be taking part in Nene Valley Railway 'Nassington Flyer' event on Sunday 1st February.

Travel on "The Nassington Flyer" behind Hunslet Ring Haw on her first day in service at the Nene Valley Railway
Ring Haw spent all of her working life shunting wagons at the nearby Nassington Quarry with her sister locomotive Jacks Green, which is currently being cosmetically restored at Wansford

The song "The Nassington Flyer" written and sung by Duffy Bros and Ron Ryan in 1976

Let me sing you a story of the Nassington flyer

Fastest thing on wheels that you ever saw

But you’re too late now to ride the Nassington Flyer

‘Cos the man who drove it don’t drive it no more....

Special "Nassington Flyer" Railway Letter Service First day covers limited to 100 copies, available for purchase on the train, or by mail order after the event

Travel on our vintage bus service from Wansford to the village of Nassington and visit the site of the old Nassington Station, with kind permisson of the land owner, the station house still exists

Nassington Flyer special bus service, 1st February 2015

 Wansford Station       dep          11:30  12.30  13:30  14:30  15:30 
 Nassington Station    arr           11.45  12.45  13.45  14.45  15.45
                                   dep          12.00  13.00  14.00  15.00  16:00 
 Wansford Station       arr           12:15  13.15  14:15  15:15  16:15

 The guided tour will pass the site of Elton station and there will be a rare opportunity to visit the remains of Nassington Station, which is in private hands.

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Re: NVR 'Nassington Flyer'
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2015, 03:38:59 PM »
....and we will be playing the song (and showing the video) on the bus by kind permission of Ron Ryan.

We will probably be running the GS which has a fairly good heater.


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NVR 'Nassington Flyer' not a train
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2015, 08:23:36 AM »
A good day running the GS between Stibbington, Elton, Nassington and Wansford. Thanks to the A&TVBF members who attended and hope you had a good time too.

One of the passengers was the bass player on the 1972 Nassington Flyer LP by the Duffy Brothers and Ron Ryan. It turns out that the Nassington Flyer which led to the song of the same name was a bus which was regularly driven by the same driver and retired. It was an Eastern Counties bus to Nassington (?route 311) operated by Eastern Counties.

The myth that the song refers to a steam train is due to the album cover which featured a steam train.

I'd be grateful if anyone has any more information on old Eastern Counties bus routes to Nassington in the late 1960s and early 1970s as I'm interested in the source material for the song.

By the way, here is a link to the song and some supported graphics which is on YouTube.

When you listen to the words it clearly refers to a road vehicle and not a steam train.