RF600, RF627, RF833, RF679

Hertford & Stevenage

Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th June 2010

Prepared by Ian Smith, 24th June 2010.

Regal Transport

393: Hertford to Welwyn Garden City (T792)

The blinds for the 393 to Welwyn Gaeden City Station were wound up on T792 and we headed for the bus station. We loaded up and headed out, passing SNB449 and T1101 which were both arriving.

T792 ready for 393 T1101 on 390

We passed round the first section of Hertford, then wove a way through the westward section of town, then west under the tall railway bridge and westwards along the A414. We quickly turned off left, down the hill to cross the river and up into Hertingfordbury on the old road. We continued west through Birch Green to Cole Green, where we paused at the bus stop for photos.

Hertingfordbury T792 at Cole Green

T792 at Cole Green T792 at Cole Green

Then we went on, crossing the A414 and threading a way through Great Ganett into Welwyn Garden City. We turned down into the bus station, by the railway station. I just had time to go to buy a drink while the bus prepared to return to Hertford. Other buses visited too, including 3564, a long Enviro Dart en route to Stevenage and the New Lister Hospital.

T792 on 393 at Welwyn GC 3564 on 301 at Welwyn GC

Universitybus Solo 404 also arrived before our departure, providing a contrast in styles and liveries. Where London Transport was part of the background in the countryside, the private bus company needs to flaunt itself.

We set off again, back out through the garden suburbs into the Hertfordshire countryside, back to Cole Green for another photocall.

uno 404 at Welwyn GC T792 on 393 at Cole Green

We went on east along the old main road, and down through Hertingfordbury again, and back into Hertford.

The old road Hertingfordbury

RF406 wound into Bircherley Green bus station ahead of us, preparing for a journey on the 384A to Great Munden. The bus station was rather congested, and we inched up behind T1101.

RF406 on 384A T1101

This gave me an opportunity to see the Titan without an intervening bus window. It turned out to be heading for Hatfield on the 341, a trip I had pencilled in earlier in the day. But now my sights were firmly on that elusive GS to Chapmore End..

But it was not GS64, which was parked prior to a turn to Bulls Green on the 329. T792 set off for the London Road "garage" - or was it home?

T1101 on 341 T792, GS64

Now, where was GS62?...

Part Eight: Benington again

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

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