Gill Hinson arrived with RF453, terminating on the 236. After unloading, the bus rounded Leyton Green and disappeared into the far depths of Leyton Garage. Standing in splendid isolation within the shed was Stagecoach Trident 17812, having worked in off the 55.
Now there was something of a hiatus. Nothing happened, repeatedly! Then after quite a while there was the characteristic burbling sound of an RF inside the garage, and out popped not RF453 but doorless RF433, with John Hinson driving. This shot off down the road towards Hackney.
Then at last a bus appeared from the north: RT2043 came roaring up on a 38A to the Green, and promptly disappeared inside the shed. This was followed almost immediately by RML2394, showing 38 blinds, which turned in front of the garage.
RF457 arrived on the next 236, and pulled up on the northbound stop opposite the Green. RML2394 prepared to leave immediately, getting back into sequence.
RT2043 emerged from the garage after a few minutes. I thought I might go for a ride, so got on and took my seat behind the bonnet. RF457 was still waiting on the other side of the road. RT2043 set off on its 38A journey to Mildmay Park via Clapton Pond. Just as it set off I spotted RF28 arriving on the Green Line 720, and promptly changed my mind. I alighted at the first stop up the road, and walked back down to the Green. RF28 had retired inside, and RF457 had gone too.
Next to arrive was RTL139, its Leyland growl unmistakeable. It swung round to stop in front of the garage doors, behind a Stagecoach Trident.
RTL139 did not stay long, soon swinging away round the green and back towards Clapton Pond. I looked in through the garage doorway (I did NOT go in!). RF453 was coming down past Trident 17814 to take up the next 236 working. Gill Hinson brought the RF out onto the stance. I went to say hello and apologise for not travelling on her bus.
RF453 went off, and modernised Green Line RF28 came out...
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