The queue for RLH48 was prodigious, so I decided I would try out RT3148, the Country Bus Rallies' latest acquisition. Alan Charman was driving, and was going to lead the way for RLH48 to Copthorne. GS2 came up behind for the 1255 428 trip.
Then it was time for us to leave too. RT3148 pulled round past the RLH, which followed us through the narrow back-streets to emerge just up the street from the War Memorial.
RF679 was parked at the War Memorial stop as we passed. We gingerly descended the High Street with its speed bumps, and tuned down to the station. I thought we might pause, but no, this was Alan Charman at the wheel. We were away up the bank, leaving RLH 48 way back in the distance. So when we turned the corner at the top, and crossed the railway bridge, I dinged the bell and Alan pulled into the bus-stop. That gave the RLH a chance to catch us up again, and a double ding as the RLH pulled over the bridge sent us away again as it came up behind.
The two buses headed north-west to Felbridge, then forked left towards Copthorne. At the Dukes Head roundabout we turned right, drawing to a halt after another quarter-mile.
Blinds were reset for the return short-journey to East Grinstead, and the two buses turned right at the junction to head back towards Felbridge. A bus-stop with a lay-by provided an excellent spot for a photo-shoot.
Then it was back into East Grinstead, with my seat on a cushion, to find some lunch.
All but one photos by Ian Smith. Thanks to Peter Hewitt for the picture of me. Click on most of them for a larger picture.
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