Events - 2011
A pictorial summary of where we've been this
Cobham Spring Gathering, 10
South London event, Mid Norfolk
Railway, 21-22 May
Uxbridge Running Day, 26 June
Worthing Bus Rally, 31
Coldharbour route 433 (private event, no photographers), 24
Holloway Open Day, 1 October
Amersham Running Day, 2 October
Christmas Lights Tour, 10
Bromley Running Day, 18 December
Two short-working 227s on the stand at
Penge. RF486 acquired its second
foglight while working as a Chiswick
staff bus, RF401 acquires its after leaving LT.
On the way in to take up service at Crystal
Palace, RF486 ran over the 234A and is seen here leaving the
stand at Hackbridge Elm Lane.
Photo © Peter Larkham
Oxford Street was pedestrianised this year
until after 8pm, but when it reopened it was bus free (except for
RF486 was proud to provide the Mayor of
Amersham, Cllr Mimi Harker OBE, a ride through the Buckinghamshire
countryside (including the 394 via Swan Bottom). A 397 to
Cholesbury was the hors d'oeuvre.
Mid Norfolk Railway
The two buses in service at the event were
RT3902 and RF626, seen at Dereham.
In the background is 3CIG 1497, formerly on the
Brockenhurst - Lymington branch
line and very similar to the 4CIGs used on the
Portsmouth line until a few years ago.
I was privileged to be asked to drive 3902's
first passenger service since 1971.
The bus has been completely rebuilt and is seen
gleaming at County School Station.
Apart from the rail replacement service, this
was of course a railway event.
50019 is seen from the cab of 73210, which was
hauling the 3CIG, at
Thuxton level crossing on the new passing loop.
All photos © Peter Osborn unless otherwise
Pulling up Hampstead Lane just before The
Photo © John Parkin
As RF486 was
delivered new to Muswell Hill and therefore will have worked the
210 (as well as the 212 and 251), we were
delighted to be invited to operate on the 210 as part of
Metroline's Holloway Garage Open Day. Here seen on the
traditional (but no longer used by the 210) stand at Golders
And here at Finsbury
Park Wells Terrace. Both termini are much
changed, and Clifton Terrace has a line of parked cars instead of
Former Brighton Hove & District Bristol KSW
6447 (HAP985) dates from
the same year as RF486. It provided some
of the services at Worthing's
sunny seaside rally.
RF486 worked a feeder service on the 285 and is seen here on the former 285 stand
in the old part of the Heathrow Central bus
The 204 was converted
to RF operation in 1971 at which time the route ran
through to Hayes Bourne Avenue on
Sundays only. RF486 is seen on the
little-changed terminal loop there.
Judge Heath Lane is one of the roads served
only by the 204 (now the U4).
Cobham at Dunsfold
The RF park had thinned out to just 486, 226
and the Safeguard Reliance by the
time this shot was taken at the end of the day
from the upper deck of RT4779.