Sevenoaks Running Day
Sunday May 13th 2012
Prepared by Ian Smith, 21st May 2012.
Lunchtime at SevenoaksThings were fairly quiet at Sevenoaks when I got back. Many buses were out on various routes, and a few were having a mid-day break. Among the latter were Reliance SC390, Albion Nimbus SO308 and RT3148, while RF406 was still awaiting the puncture repair man.
Leyland National SNB340 was set up ready for a 431 trip to Knockholt.
But RT604 loaded up for the hourly 403 journey to Westerham, and set off.
DMS1868 unloaded after a trip on the 401, then drove part-way round the block to find a parking place.
RF429 came in off the 404 from Twitton via Otford, and stopped for a break.
"Modernised" RF146 came in off a 704 from Tunbridge Wells, and also parked up. Metrobus Olympian 395 also arrived on a 401 working.
GS15 came in off the 413B and tucked away in the Sainsbury's carpark for a short while. The GS was next to go out on the 471 in company with RF429, which had had 471 blinds wound up - actually an unusual "Scotts Lodge" destination.
I was given the task of "minding" RF429 for a while, and was standing by it when DMS1868 passed again, this time carrying passengers on a trip to Farningham. Shining RML2699 also left with a good load on a northbound 402.
Then we heard that RF429 would have to go out to collect a bus-load of passengers following a bus failure. So GS15, carrying just eight passengers, would be running the 471 to Green Street Green alone. A navigator was needed, so I volunteered, of course, and moved across to the Guy Special..
Photos by Ian Smith. Click on any of them for a larger picture.
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