Back at Dorking I watched RF4 pull up over the speed bumps from the carpark, outward bound on a tour to Denbies Vineyard with John Gray at the wheel. I passed STL2377, looking superb, and bumped into Martin Ricketts, who invited me to look around inside XF3. I just had time before joining RT604 for a turn on the 414 to Capel and back.
I sat inside RT604. The top deck filled up quickly when we pulled up to the stop, with fewer people enjoying the delights of the RT's saloon. We pulled round the roundabout and headed for the traffic jam in Dorking High Street.
Red RF486 came the other way on the 412 from Holmbury St.Mary. We passed the crane and turned south up past the old bus station and garage site (now housing), and out of town. We passed through North Holmwood, and continued down the busy A24 to South Holmwood. A right turn off the dual carriageway took us to Holmwood Station.
As we rejoined the main road we passed GS2, scurrying back from Ewhurst on the next 449. We turned off at Beare Green for the quiet road through to Capel.
On arrival at Capel RT604 disgorged many of its passengers before executing the turning manoevre: a reverse round a corner. With a tall hedge a conductor was not only a regulatory requirement but essential! With blinds reset RT604 pulled across the junction to the bus shelter and reloaded fo the northbound trip. I wondered whether to jump ship part-way and flag down XF3, but in the event I left it too late and the Fleetline sailed past southwards. I stayed on RT604 back to Dorking.
RF366 turned off through Beare Green. On the more relaxed back roads there were a series of photo stops along the way, at Newdigate, Parkgate and at the delightful green in Brockham.
Completing the loop back to Dorking, the crew avoided the right turn into the base by turning right at the preceding roundabout, and looping right round the base site to approach from the west. GS13 was just about to go out on another Ewhurst run.
All photos by Ian Smith. Click on most of them for a larger picture.
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