Classics take to the road

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SLT 57 was the second AEC Routemaster prototype. RAY WARD

Twenty classic buses took to the streets in south London recently for a London Bus Museum running day, reports Ray Ward

The London Bus Museum holds a number of running days throughout the year, in different locations in and around London, bringing classic and heritage vehicles back to the streets of the capital for enthusiasts and the general public to enjoy.

On Sunday 9 June, the museum organised a route 406 running day, with buses running between Kingston, Surbiton, Epsom, Reigate and Redhill bus station. Services ran from around 0900 to 1700hrs and used vehicles dating from the 1940s through to the 1990s.

There was a good selection of vehicles taking part, both red and green, old and new. Some 20 classic buses were present in total, and as well as the usual RTs and RMs there were more modern vehicles such as a Dennis Dominator from London & Country, a Leyland Titan and even a Dennis Dart. Although the weather was a bit chilly and gloomy it was still an enjoyable day out.


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After the event, the Museum thanked the vehicle owners, volunteer crews and passengers, adding that the day had been a great success.

RT4779, OLD 566, has undergone a long restoration and looks immaculate. RAY WARD
RT KTT 877 seen from above in Epsom. RAY WARD
MXX 342 was among the smaller buses in use, and is a Guy Special with ECW bodywork. It was new in late 1953. RAY WARD
RF600 (NLE 600) was new in 1953 and spent 18 years in service with London Transport. RAY WARD