RF146 on 434, Troy Town

East Grinstead Running Day

Sunday April 17th 2011

Prepared by Ian Smith, 27th April 2011.

East Grinstead

A line of buses was standing near the War Memorial, ready for starting service. One was Country Bus Rallies stalwart GS2. The Guy Special was set up for the 87, one of the day's featured routes. This ran through Southdown territory. It was one of Sargeant's local routes, taken over by Southdown in the 1950s, and ran the long way round to reach Forest Row. More of this later.

GS2 on 87, EG, 17th April 2011.

Next in line was RF146, making its first public outing for 14 years. Fresh from overhaul and the paint shop, this modernised RF wears the rare short-lived yellow band London Transport Country Bus livery. Looking, and smelling, immaculate, it was awaiting its first trip on the 434 - also of which more anon.

RF146 on 434, EG, 17th April 2011.

Leyland National SNB331 was waiting to take a 473 to Crawley. Newly into preservation this year, it still wears its previous owner's white livery. It too was making a running day debut.

SNB331 on 473, EG, 17th April 2011. SNB331 on 473, EG, 17th April 2011.

Next a pair of Central Area visitors: Catford's RT1702 occupied the same place as last year, blocking car access to the High Street from the north, and RTW185, with its trade stand, was on the south side of the High Street. RT1702 was sporting its newly applied advertisements.

RT1702, EG, 17th April 2011. RTW185, EG, 17th April 2011.

Also standing in the deep shadows of the narrow section of High Street was RF315, also waiting for a turn on the 87.

In the sunshine, also heading for Forest Row - but the short 409 way - was RML2323 in the light green and yellow favoured by London Country for a time.

RF315, EG, 17th April 2011. RML2323, EG, 17th April 2011.

Another of the day's featured high-frequency routes was the 424, running between Forest Row and Copthorne, mainly with more modern preserved buses, which are developing their own following, and which mainly need to run outside the Emission Control Zone. One of Bromley Bus Preservatioin Group's vehicles was T1030, which headed east on the 424.

T1038 on 424, EG, 17th April 2011. T1038 on 424, 17th April 2011.

Now it was time for me to find a place on RF146 for its inaugural outing...

Part Three: 434 East Grinstead and Edenbridge, RF146

Photos by Ian Smith. Click on any of them for a larger picture.

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