Classic buses heritage day

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Seen passing Barking Garage is one of several vehicles at the event from Roger Wright’s London Bus Company fleet. AEC RT 3933 (LLU 732) was new with Park Royal bodywork in 1950. The bus is regularly used on a service in conjunction with Epping Ongar Railway. MALCOLM BATTEN

Taking place alongside the Barking Garage event was a superb routes 62 and 145 heritage day featuring 30 preserved buses. These ran alongside ‘normal’ TfL services, picking up passengers though not charging fares. This was the latest in a series of events organised by London Bus Museum aimed at bringing classic vehicles to the streets of London and general public.

The 145, running from Redbridge station to Kent Avenue, Dagenham dates from 1924 and the 62, from Barking town centre to Chadwell Heath, began in 1935.

Both routes have been operated with buses from Barking Garage from their inception except when Ensign won five year tenders to operate the 145 from 1986 and 62 beginning in 1987.


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