GreenLine RF281, looking immaculate, had arrived from Bishops Stortford and Harlow with a 720 GreenLine service. Now empty, Peter Beeson took it round the turn in front of the Underground Station and away to park.
Modern buses too were busy at the Interchange (which meant that we could not park buses there). Typical was Regal Busway's smart little Optare Solo, 202, on the present-day 250. A bit different from a TD!
One of the "extra" buses was London Transport Museum's BN61, which called at the bus station to arrange its extra runnings (of which more anon). Then it too scuttled off to park.
RT1206 arrived, still wearing 414 blinds from its forays at Dorking the week before. RML2419, looking good back in Lincoln Green, paid a visit on a Greenline shuttle to Jim Blake's event at Chingford.
A flurry of modern buses illustrated why our use of the interchange was limited. New Dart/MCV Evolution ED19 of Docklands Minibuses, new in May, squeezed past on the 167 to Ilford, followed by a pair of Arriva's DAFs on long-standing route 20, DLA369 heading south to Walthamstow Central and DLA301 north to Debden.
A lull in activity gave me a few moments to appreciate my surroundings: in particular Loughton Station, a classic of 1930's design excellence (by John Murray Easton if you want to know).
Steve Woods arrived in RM1699 (a 1950s design classic), blinded for the 179 for the connecting service to Chingford.
Checking that the RM was heading for the bus park, I climbed aboard for the short ride. We negotiated the U-turn in front of the station - difficult for buses of this generation - and headed for Old Station Road.
RT3871 slipped out of Station Road into the station approach to take up a journey on the 167A to Chigwell Station, followed by RF433 with Gill Hinson at the wheel for a turn on the 254. This RF, one of only two in preservation never to have had doors, was making a welcome return to the 254, where it had worked between 1957 and 1961.
We continued up past the roadworks in Old Station Road, north-east along the High Road, then sharply back into Station Road, where the buses were being parked during the event (by agreement with the Council). I suppose this was my second ride of the day on a 179. We found a place in the queue of buses, and I alighted. Just over the road was RM158, all set up for the 179.
I headed back towards the station. RF433 was just leaving on the 254.
There too was RML899, heading out on the 167A to Chigwell Station with Paul and George...
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