I chatted to the driver, and then we were off: all stations to Sevenoaks. We wound our way through Orpington and out towards Green Street Green, then turned off up the hill to Chelsfield Station, buried in the heart of the Orpington suburbia. A pause at the end of the station approach, while sundry small red buses whizzed around, and then we wriggled back down towards Green Street Green again. We settled to some serious motoring south along the A21. We passed one of Metrobus' Omnidekkas heading for work on the 64 from the Polhill base. The huge front window of the coach gave an excellent view. The blast along the A21 was halted by the right turn onto the old road for the station stop at Knockholt. Then it was a gentle drive up to Badgers Mount and down Polhill into Dunton Green. After a pause at the station stop we trundled on towards Sevenoaks, to call at the west carpark at Tubs Hill Station.
There I discovered that the Otford-Sevenoaks was being provided by Titans from West Kent Buses, in their smart maroon and cream livery. T329 "Penny" was loading for a trip to Otford, while T671 "Alexandra" was the spare.
I was in plenty of time for my rendezvous with RF633, so I sauntered over the station bridge - just in time to see the the only service that Sevenoaks enjoys on a Sunday: the two-hourly 401 from Chartwell to Tunbridge Wells. It was being provided by Metrobus' yellow bike-rack fitted Optare Solo 394.
Now where was that RF, and which way would it arrive?
All photos by Ian Smith. Click on most of them for a larger picture.
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