Route 234A RF anniversary event
Sunday 17 March 2013
Page last updated 17 March
Event page retained for reference
RF491 starts the long pull
up Foxley Lane from the Purley traffic lights. From OMO
conversion in 1966 to 1970, many journeys went only as
far as Wallington, and short-workings to Wallington will
feature on 17 March.
Photo © JGS Smith
To mark the 60th anniversary of the arrival of new RFs on the
1953, Country Bus Rallies and Red-RF jointly will operate a
free service on the 234A
(Hackbridge and Purley
Old Lodge Lane
) on Sunday 17 March 2013, using four
RFs. Three journeys will be operated on the 234B
(South Croydon Garage and
Selsdon). A double-deck service will operate on the 234
between Wallington and Selsdon.
The 234A ran between Hackbridge and Purley Old
Lodge Lane. The route is now covered by the 151 from
Hackbridge to Wallington, the 127 from there to Purley and the 455
between Purley town centre and Old Lodge Lane. Buses will
stop at 151, 127 and 455 bus stops as appropriate.
The opportunity will also be taken to operate three journeys
on route 234B, South Croydon Garage to Selsdon.
These will serve 407 and 412 bus stops as appropriate.
Route 234 will operate between Wallington
Shotfield and Selsdon, serving 127 and 412 stops as
A programme has been produced, price £5, and (subject to
availability) will be available for purchase on the day outside
South Croydon Garage at about 10am, or from conductors at
termini. Purchase of a programme is not required for travel.
RF490 pulls out from Croydon Garage (TC) on
the short-lived Sunday route 234B.
Photo Lloyd Rich collection
Full timetables are included in the programme. First and
last buses are as follows:
| South Croydon Garage (TC)
| Wallington Shotfield
| Purley Old Lodge
| Selsdon Addington Road
| Hackbridge Elm
All buses enter service from Croydon Garage.
Photographers may find the following locations suitable,
depending on time of day:
- Old Lodge Lane
- Woodcote Green
- Manor Road North/London Road
- Brighton Road at Croydon Garage
- Mitchley Avenue
All journeys pass through Purley.
Please watch for traffic and stay safe. We will be pleased
to receive digital copies of
photos of the event, for potential use on the gallery on this
Status of services
These services are provided free of charge. They are not part of
the London Buses network and Transport for London has no
responsibility for them. Use of bus stops is by agreement
with TfL on this basis. Drivers are required to comply with all
instructions given by authorised officials of TfL and London Buses
on the use of bus stops and bus stands. In the event of any
difficulties affecting London bus services, be aware that drivers
may be required immediately to vacate bus stops and
The buses are elderly, privately owned and operated and
maintained at the owners' expense. Please respect this and do not
bring food or drink onto the buses. Rucksacks may not be worn
on the buses, as they can damage seats. All journeys run and
carry passengers subject to vehicle availability and the discretion
of crews; passengers travel at their own risk. Please take
care when entering and leaving vehicles.
South Croydon Garage is private and not open to the
public. Passengers will not be carried into or out of the
garage and photographers are not permitted to enter.
Pedestrians must remain aware of vehicle movements and must not
obstruct entrances and exits.
Please come by public transport, but note that Tramlink has a
rail replacement over a section between Wimbledon and