Soon we were away, zipping out past the station and heading for Roffey Corner. It is amazing just how much rain and spray manages to get onto the front nearside window of an RML in the wet, despite it being tucked under the canopy. But I could still see Leyland National SNB340 coming the other way through the rain, on route 438.
At Crawley Bus Station we met XF3 on the 438, gleaming wetly in the renewed sunshine. It too was on the 438. I wasn't sure which way it was going, or when, or I might have caught it back to Horsham.
I reboarded RML2330 and we set off back towards Horsham, winding our way out of Crawley onto the main dual carriageaway. We met SNB340 again, which was hurrying eastwards towards Crawley.
Wending our way into Horsham by Roffey Corner we met RT3148 heading home.
We made our way round past the centre of Horham, and back up through the Bus Station to a very congested Carfax, where we squeezed into a parking space.
I alighted and went to have a quick look round before the journey home. Red RF429 was trying to squeeze into a bus stop, having passed GS62, to await a late departure for East Grinstead, while sister RF486 was in a half-hour pause between arriving on the 852 from Ewhurst and continuing to Crawley.
Green RF633 was also waiting for a late 473 run eastwards, while RMC1500 would work to Redhill and then head east for Sevenoaks.
XF3 arrived on the 438 from Copthorne and Crawley. One of Compass Travel's Darts, VX05UHS, squeezed through the crowd on a service 17.
I said my farewells and returned to RML2330 for the drive north to West Croydon.
All photos by Ian Smith. Click on most of them for a larger picture.
RF429*, RF486*, RF633
GS2, GS34, GS62, GS76
RMC1476, RMC1500, RML2330
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