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Tokens used for payments => Transport tokens => Ferry, toll road and bridge tokens. => Topic started by: malj1 on February 13, 2012, 12:59:45 PM

Title: The RiverBus Partnership
Post by: malj1 on February 13, 2012, 12:59:45 PM
A recently acquired token; that of The RiverBus Partnership. Apparently a failed attempt at a service on the river Thames in London.

A good history of the company here - but no mention of the tokens. http://www.simplonpc.co.uk/Riverbus.html (http://www.simplonpc.co.uk/Riverbus.html)

Interesting to see the KN mintmark.
Title: Re: The RiverBus Partnership
Post by: Figleaf on February 13, 2012, 11:39:33 PM
The boats ran between Charing Cross and Greenwich (where my favourite hotel was). The trip was more expensive and slower than underground or train, but infinitely more comfortable and a pleasure after another numbing plane trip to London. You'd pass such sites as Tower bridge, the Tower, Cutty Sark, the Tiger Moth, MOMI...

On one trip, we passed a man in striped trousers, black jacket and bowler hat on a motorized James Bondian contraption looking like a surf board, speeding along on the Thames. I remember looking around and seeing no cameras...

Peter
Title: Re: The RiverBus Partnership
Post by: malj1 on February 14, 2012, 12:43:46 AM

On one trip, we passed a man in striped trousers, black jacket and bowler hat ...
Peter

My cousin, newly arrived in Australia fifty years ago, went to his new job dressed exactly like that! The second day he wore the more acceptable shorts and thongs.

"motorized James Bondian contraption looking like a surf board"

...sounds like a jet ski.
Title: Re: The RiverBus Partnership
Post by: Figleaf on February 14, 2012, 01:10:16 AM
The man was standing up on something that resembled a cross between a surf board (it was broad enough for his document case to lie down flat on it) and a kick scooter, except for its motorisation. The whole thing was beyond weird.

Peter
Title: Re: The RiverBus Partnership
Post by: Kushi on January 23, 2016, 11:05:06 PM
Note the King's Norton mintmark on the reverse. What was the meaning of "2 token"?
Title: Re: The RiverBus Partnership
Post by: Figleaf on January 23, 2016, 11:19:35 PM
Sorry, I don't remember ever using the token. Memory (not reliable) says there were first and second class seats.

Peter
Title: Re: The RiverBus Partnership
Post by: malj1 on January 23, 2016, 11:38:35 PM
There was also a 1 token in Cu-ni so that may be the answer.
Title: Re: The RiverBus Partnership
Post by: malj1 on December 16, 2016, 10:34:46 AM
The companion 1 Token now acquired. Cu-ni 22mm
Title: Re: The RiverBus Partnership
Post by: malj1 on June 07, 2021, 04:41:55 AM
A new high-speed River Bus service started on 24 May 1999 and has now been joined by Uber. About Uber Boat by Thames Clippers (https://www.thamesclippers.com/about-us/about-uber-boat-by-thames-clippers)

It appears from that they do now have 24 piers on the River Thames although the PRW tokens counter-marked PIER do predate this latter company.

Title: Re: The RiverBus Partnership
Post by: Figleaf on June 07, 2021, 05:50:16 AM
These boats look considerably smaller than the ones I remember. Also, I was still around Charing Cross station until COVID struck and don't remember river boats mooring there. I have seen what may have been these boats moored close to St. Paul and somewhere in Southwark.

The site mentions on-board catering, which is new to me, but no on-board gaming.

Peter