First Essex 41647, a Dart with Marshall bodywork, earlier with London Buslines as DML647, passed through on a 200 to Lakeside.
Then RT4421 roared into life, the lights came on, and Roger Wright brought the bus round onto the stop. We climbed aboard. Bliss! Heaters! I settled down for the ride through the murk to Lakeside, where I alighted to take more pictures.
RM298 hustled up, heading the other way, and completed its bus station stop first. It pulled out alongside the RT for a photo, then I scrambled back aboard the RT for us to follow the Routemaster round he roundabout and out of the bus station.
I went upstairs for the ride over the magnificent Queen Elizabeth Bridge, high over the Thames. Despite the murk the views were marvelous. We dipped down to the tolls on the western side, and scurried past Stone along to Greenhithe Station. After a quick pause there we were away again, down into Bluewater.
After the Bluewater stop I returned upstairs for the steamy ride east to Gravesend. This time we crossed High Speed One just as a Eurostar dived into the Thames Tunnel. The East Kent Regent passed us near Northfleet. We rumbled on into Gravesend, where we made the usual stops before heading off back to Bluewater, passing the green Cravens on the way.
Back at Bluewater I was in need of refreshment, so alighted. Having been on a steamy bus for some time, with no opprtunity for photography through the murky windows, I took some pictures: RT4421, Trident 17945 on the 96, and arriving RM298.
The RT and the RM loaded up for their respective destinations and set off into the afternoon.
I turned and set off into Marks and Spencers...
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