Sevenoaks Running Day
Sunday 16th July 2017
Prepared by Ian Smith, 21st July 2017.
Part Two: SevenoaksAlready arrived at Sevenoaks bus station was a pair of Country Area RTs, that fortuitously were parked next to each other - an inspiring sight. A Go-Bus Solo in silver livery squeezed past, presumably on a 401 to Westerham, followed by an Arriva-liveried DAF "blinded" for a 402 to Sevenoaks. I thought that this was a sight not long to be seen, as from 23rd July Arriva was to truncate the Bromley 402 service at Dunton Green. I wondered why it was a DAF rather than the regular Optare Versa. Then I realised that this is a preserved bus, here for the running day, having run in on a feeder from Tonbridge or Tunbridge Wells.
RT604 arrived from Croydon. I had hoped that it would pull past the other two, giving a triple line-up, but it was pulled in behind RT3183.
A pair of RFs had arrived, both long-term CBR attenders. RF633 has recently changed owner, but was still here, dressed for the Green Line 705. RF679 is still with the team, and was tucking in behind RF429.
Other buses arrived while I was in the cafe having breakfast. When I emerged I watched RF429 depart on a well-loaded 413 to Ide Hill.
M&D DAF 3916 loaded up for a service 9 to Borough Green Station, and RF406 arrived, ready to work a 413A.
Then something very different arrived, a blast from the past: Leyland Titan TD1 HVSV6107, built in 1931. The Jersey Motor Transport bus (then registered J1199) grumbled gently in to the bus station, before going to park, prior to running on tours to Otford or Dunton Green.
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