Free rides on vintage buses this weekend

Fancy a trip on a vintage red bus?

Then you are in luck as this coming Sunday(29th August), a collection of vintage buses, all at least 45 years old will be plying the very same routes that they would have travelled along in the 1960s and collecting passengers as usual. However, unlike those days of old, there will be no need to hunt out old shillings and pennies as the whole event is free of charge.

Most of the buses line up before a previous run-out

In addition to local services running around North London, some long journeys will operate on routes from central London in the morning. These will generally be Routemaster-operated. Details here

In total, nine routes are being recreated based on the layout of the bus routes in the 1960s – taking passengers to the RAF Museum in Collindale – which is also free to enter and can easily suck away hours of time if you haven’t been before.

There will be a commemorative guide to the event which will be on sale in the RAF Museum. In addition, there will be a limited static display of buses on the forecourt of the RAF Museum, including buses laying over between services.

The following services are planned for operation, generally between about 10.30 am and 5 pm.

Double Decker Buses
18 Aldenham LT Works – Edgware - Burnt Oak – Colindale – Colindale RAF Museum (limited service)
113 Edgware Station – Mill Hill Circus – Hendon Central (journeys to/from Colindale RAF Museum)
140 Mill Hill East – Mill Hill – Burnt Oak – Queensbury – Harrow Weald Garage (special morning journeys only)
142 Stanmore – Edgware – Burnt Oak – Colindale – Colindale RAF Museum
221 Edgware Station – Mill Hill – Bunns Lane – Mill Hill East – North Finchley (journeys to/from Colindale RAF Museum)
240 Edgware Station – Mill Hill – The Ridgeway – Mill Hill East – Golders Green (journeys to/from Colindale RAF Museum)
292 Colindale RAF Museum – Colindale – Burnt Oak – Stirling Corner, journeys to Borehamwood Rossington Avenue
Single Decker Buses
240A Edgware Station – Mill Hill – Bunns Lane – Mill Hill East (journeys to/from Colindale RAF Museum)
251 Stanmore – Edgware – Burnt Oak – Totteridge – Arnos Grove (journeys to/from Colindale RAF Museum)

Most buses will start and finish their duties at the RAF Museum.  For the other main boarding points on each route, see the route details and the programme.

The most frequently served places will be the following:

Mill Hill Broadway
Edgware Station Road
Mill Hill East Station
Colindale Station
Burnt Oak Broadway

All vehicles are over 45 years old, some over 60. They are privately owned and cared for so there is an understandable ban on food/drink when on the buses.

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Double Decker Buses
18 Aldenham LT Works – Edgware - Burnt Oak – Colindale – Colindale RAF Museum (limited service)
113 Edgware Station – Mill Hill Circus – Hendon Central (journeys to/from Colindale RAF Museum)
140 Mill Hill East – Mill Hill – Burnt Oak – Queensbury – Harrow Weald Garage (special morning journeys only)
142 Stanmore – Edgware – Burnt Oak – Colindale – Colindale RAF Museum
221 Edgware Station – Mill Hill – Bunns Lane – Mill Hill East – North Finchley (journeys to/from Colindale RAF Museum)
240 Edgware Station – Mill Hill – The Ridgeway – Mill Hill East – Golders Green (journeys to/from Colindale RAF Museum)
292 Colindale RAF Museum – Colindale – Burnt Oak – Stirling Corner, journeys to Borehamwood Rossington Avenue
Single Decker Buses
240A Edgware Station – Mill Hill – Bunns Lane – Mill Hill East (journeys to/from Colindale RAF Museum)
251 Stanmore – Edgware – Burnt Oak – Totteridge – Arnos Grove (journeys to/from Colindale RAF Museum)
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4 Comments

  1. I will try and hop on one of the services from Crystal Palace – thanks for posting the details.

  2. That sounds like a plan for the weekend before Notting Hill on Monday – thanks for the tip Ian

  3. Tim

    I wonder how full the feeder will be by the time it gets to Camden Town?! Only one to find out :-)

    Thanks Ian.

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