Next to that was Dart DRL60, now Centrebus 181. It was in this bay every time I saw it during the day, and I was told that it stayed there all day. Also there, in service, was Centrebus 749, a 2009 Wrightbus Solar.
Green Line RT3228 came into the stand and loaded well for the 341 to Hatfield Station.
I wanted to locate the next bus to Chapmore End. It was not here. Wasit at London Road? I cadged a lift on RF486 and went to see. No, it wasn't. But there were other buses to look at. RF406 HAD been out on the 333, but on the short-working to Bengeo.
RM1699 was sitting peacefully, and RF679 was resting from the 388.
RF486, of course, was in need of attention. One of the nice things about them is that the inspection panels open easily, and many things are accessible without a pit or a hoist. So Peter Osborn and Steve Whitelegg quickly had a panel off, and located the source of the noisy exhaust. A clip on the end of a flexible section had worked loose. Once all the bits had cooled down it was not too difficult to effect a temporary reconnection. Its the sort of job I just might tackle in a white shirt, but shouldn't!
RF406 came in and gave a display of how to reverse into a very tight space.
RMC4 took a break from turns on the 715.
Before he departed in RF679 for a 384B turn, Colin Rivers asked me if I would do a turn to Welwyn in T792, and introduced me to the crew. The beautiful Regal was resting after a turn on the 333 to and from Bengeo.
Buses continually came in, and left again after short breaks. Incomers included RMC1500, between turns on the 390 to Stevenage, and RF633 between trips on the 350 to Essendon.
Red RF503 came in after a trip out east to Nazeing Village on the 327, and GS64 from a trip south to Little Berkamstead on the 308A.
But now it was time for T. T792, that is. The blinds were set for the 393, and we were away...
Part Seven: Welwyn Garden City and back
Photos by Ian Smith. Click on any of them for a larger picture.
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