I visited the station cash machine, and waited for one of the special shuttle buses linking St.Albans Station with St.Peter's Street. I did not yet have a programme, so did not know how long I would have to wait, just that they were "regular" and "frequent". It turned out that each of the two stations was being served half-hourly, and I was lucky in that one was due at 1258. It turned out to be RMC1476, with Mike Dawes at the wheel.
The RMC crew were due for a meal break, having been shuttling between Arena and City Station since 0950, so after unloading we headed up to St.Alban's garage. Not that there is any garage there now, of course. Despite being a building of outstanding architectural merit the bus station and garage had been demolished for large residential blocks. But there are still bus stances on both sides of the road, so we pulled in and the sandwiches and thermoses came out.
One complete round of the City Station shuttle had been covered by SNB312 in between their Abbey Station runs, so RMC1476 was back in business for the 1350 departure from St. Peter's Street. I went with them for the standard anti-clockwise trip. We pulled up at the Arena stop just behind the Beaver that I had earlier seen at the station, on the 304. We pulled out, and inched our way towards the traffic lights at the crux of the town. AV28, on a terminating 84, squeezed past a busy dust-cart and came along past us. A shower dampened proceedings (and dimmed the light too!). We escaped round the corner, only to find ourselves perhaps not inching but footing back down the hill towards the station. Universitybus Dart 115, wearing their startling but excellent pink and mauve livery, came up the hill on a 602.
Eventually we left the congested main road, escaping into the station bus stance. We whirled through there, and continued our anti-clockwise peregrination, out onto the Hatfield Road. But heading back up into the City the traffic jams struck once again, and it struck me that I could progress faster on foot - and take pictures. So I alighted, and walked up the hill, while RMC1476 crept up behind me.
Also trapped in the traffic ahead of the RMC was a Caetano-bodied Dart of Universitybus, which gave me an opportunity to look at the new livery close-up. SNB312 whipped round the roundabout ahead, so I made my farewells to the RMC and headed off along St.Peter's Street in pursuit.
Part Two: The Station shuttles (SNB312 and SNC168)
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