Other buses came and went too. Travel London's new E200 Dart was just passing, on the 152 to Pollards Hill, while older Dart SLF LDP101 was a local, on route 200.
RT2043 disappeared into the garage, and was followed in by President PVL387 off the 155.
There are times when having a high visibility jacket pays dividends. It meant that Steve Whitelegg could invite me into the Merton Garage yard to see the buses gathered there: RLH61, RLH23, and RT2043.
Then Q83 arrived, and pulled into the garage entrance. Manoevring the manual-gearbox long-wheelbase single decker through the doorway into the yard and reversing into line proved difficult, and produced a flattened battery.
GreenLine RMC1469 squeezed through the doorway into the small yard too. I had intended to take a ride on the Q on the 200. But the two RLHs were ready and the Q seemed dubious for the moment at least. Decision time. I climbed aboard RLH61, which was to do a clockwise turn round the 127, and we followed RLH23 out of the garage...
Part Three: Merton to Malden
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