Kingston to Staines and Weybridge
This event commemorated 40 years since the withdrawal of the last London RF class buses in 1979 by running preserved RFs over route 215, 218 and 219. It was a great opportunity to wallow in nostalgia with RF453, which had worked in the area for spells over the years up to its withdrawal in 1977.
Our first duty commenced at The Heights Weybridge, which is on the site of the former British Aircraft Corporation works where the route terminated.
Cromwell Road bus station is roughly on the site of the famous Kingston Coal Yard, which was used for overflow storage of Kingston garage’s RFs and other vehicles for many years. The garage itself, across the road, is now demolished.
Our journey to Kingston met heavy traffic owing to the closure of Kingston bridge, and this got so bad during the day that at one point we were running 55 minutes late! As a result, we had no further opportunities for photographs. But despite the traffic problems, it was an excellent day.