I climbed aboard RT2043, and immediately found that in the wet conditions road dirt on the windows obscured the view of passing RF406 (on the 494 to Oxted) and RF48 (on the 708). So that put paid to photography on the trip south to Forest Row. I sat back and enjoyed chatting to, and listening to, Colin Curtis, who was on the other longitudinal seat.
Roger Stagg seemed to enjoy the drive down to Forest Row. The RT certainly went well. We pulled up by the old LT terminus in the village, then went on down to the old station yard to turn, an extra journey only permitted to passegers once the railway closed! Such were the peculiar outworkings of the London Transport Act in these "border" outposts! Photos were taken as the bus turned in the yard, and again back on the main road when we stopped outside the Brambletye Hotel.
Then it was back to East Grinstead: down the bank to cross the stream, then up the long bank to Ashurst Wood, out of East Sussex into West Sussex on the edge of the village, then on along the ridge to East Grinstead.
FRM1 pulled up behind a pair of Maidstone & District AEC Reliances: S6, dating from 1965 and SO224 from 1957. They were waiting their turn on the 135, a Maidstone & District route from East Grinstead to Edenbridge.
RF679 came through, coming in from a trip to Dormansland on the 428, and going round the loop to reach the War Memorial heading the right way. Daimler Fleetline XF3 came in to rest between trips on the 409. RT3148 also came through on a heavy duty 473 turn between East Grinstead Station, the War Memorial and the Bluebell Railway at Kingscote.
After the two M&D buses had departed FRM1 pulled up to the top of the stop, and a travel-stained RF626 came in between turns on the 494 to Oxted. Interesting how much more nostalgic this is than a perfectly polished bus.
GS34 went past, going through to the War Memorial. XF3 waited quietly further down the street.
Soon it was time for FRM1 to head for Forest Row..
All photos by Ian Smith. Click on most of them for a larger picture.
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