Hertford & Stevenage Running Day
Sunday 4th June 2017
Prepared by Ian Smith, 24th June 2017.
Hertford to Stevenage
Hertford Bus Station suddenly seemed to fill up with wonderful green RTs: as well as RT3148 between 390 turns, Green Line RT3228 came in from Stevenage, and RT2083 came in to work a short 310 to Ware.
After that the bus station went red: the East Kent Reliance, red routemaster RM1397 and red RF406 (with Uxbridge doors) in from Great Munden with a 384A.
T792 pulled in, set up for a 308A to Little Berkhamsted
390: Hertford to Stevenage Bus Station: RT3148Now it was time for our next foray with RT3148: back to Stevenage. So I crossed over to board, which gave me a good view of parked RF406 with its later pattern of doors.
We pulled round onto the stand to load up, then twirled round the bus station. As we left RT2083 came back in.
The trip up to Stevenage was uneventful: wonderful rolling Hertfordshire scenery, but unexciting.
Then we reached Stevenage bus station, and there was immaculate Green Line RT3254, ready for the return journey to Hertford. I had watched out for it all day, as it was on similar duties to RT3148, but we had consistently missed contact. But here it was: wonderful!
RT3148, based for the weekend at Stevenage, was now finished for the day, so I said thanks and farewell to Jon and Les, and watched as it set off round the bus station. RM1397 was on the centre stance, to provide the last return to Hertford.
Many thanks to all those who provided the running day, in whatever capacity: planner, timetabler, bus owners, drivers, conductors, programme compilers, programme sellers... and especially to the RT3148 crew, John and Les, who made it such a memorable weekend.
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