Once aboard I spotted BL49 scurrying along Redhill Road, and grabbed a shot through the side window. BLs are a condemned species, almost, as London's Emission Zone exemptions (due to come into force next February) for historic vehicles do not cover vehicles built after 1973. Cobham falls outside the zone, but non-exempt buses such as BLs, Ts and Ms will have to find homes outwith the zone if they are not to pay £200 a day to operate (or so I understand).
Next down the road came RLH32, back from Woking with the 420. I snapped this through the under-canopy front window of the RCL.
We were off. From Redhill Road we turned east along the A245, along under the trees to reach the roundabout over the A3. Then we were into the village of Cobham, winding a careful way along the main road and beside the River Mole. Suburbia then set in more relentlessly, untilk suddenly we ere turning right into the long Station Approach to Stoke d'Abernon Station.
There some of us alighted in the rain to take photos.
We headed back the way that we had come, through Cobham and over the A3 to reach the Museum.
We headed west, then turned north onto the road to Weybridge, running up the hill alongside the old Brooklands Airfield and the erstwhile Vickers Works. We ignored the roundabout turn towards the Mercedes Centre, but took the next turn, twisting down through the woods to the Brooklands Museum. We passed the Danish Hawker Hunter and the Hawker P1127 Harrier prototype, and pulled up by the Museum Entrance.
More representative of latterday Routemaster operation were RML2463, preserved in London United's standard Routemaster livery, and London Country -liveried RML2412.
Representative of earlier generations of London mass-movers were RTL139 and STL2377.
Rather different was MLL740, one of the half-decker RFs bought by BEA for Airport Services and operated for them by London Transport. T31, one of London's first Regals, and now restored to original condition with rear entrance and early livery, is probably the most handsome vehicle on site. Wonderful!
Much less beatiful was LT's standard pre-war single-decker, the Q. Q83 represented the class, but had the misfortune to have T31 looking beutifully across its shoulder! Immediate post-war austerity was represented by TD95, showing how standards just after the war were thrown back to the early thirties, before the RF revolutionised London's single-decker offering. The four-tonner Dennis reminded me just how far bus design progressed in the few years between 1926 and 1930, when the Regal / Regent era began.
Many thanks to the folk at Cobham who put on such an interesting day.
All photos by Ian Smith. Click on most of them for a larger picture.
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