Today nearly 50 buses of various vintages from exceptionally old to so young the paint was barely dry filled Regent Street for a display that felt as static as a normal rush hour, except that frustrated faces were replaced with happy smiles.
The Year of the Bus took a departure from transport geeks and came storming into the middle of town where the general public were more likely to turn up, by design or accident.
No stands filled with arcane collectables here, it was family friendly fun that dominated.
Regent Street full of buses, and flower arrangements.
Plenty of seating for the tired, or, in a reversal of the usual shopping trip, wives waiting for husbands.
A street full of buses, and tourists.
The prevailing view — people holding cameras.
Some younger visitors might have been surprised to learn that buses aren’t always painted red.
Queuing to sit in the drivers cab.
A long line of buses down Regent Street
I might need to update my list of TfL roundels!
Crowds mingle around Hamleys less interested in the small toys within than the big toys outside.
Transport Museum deployed their mobile shop to sell suitable branded wares — including a new Battle Bus moquette.
The buses with the longest queues to go inside, were the three New Routemasters. Each had queues as long as any other bus on display, and had there been just one of them, the queues would have been exceptional. The buses may be loathed by some vocal commentators, but put them on display and they always top the interest level at events.
The traditional way to greet a vintage bus these days.
Bus stop turned into some sort of art form.
Old bus with WW2 blackout covers over the headlamps, and white paint to make the bus easier to see by other motorists.
The Year of the Bus
Time for a gin. More importantly, notice the power coupling at the top for this tram/bus.
Really long queues to go inside one of the few buses with an open top — to get better photos of the street.
A bus stop made out of Lego.
How many of us saw the buses on display — though little display screens.
And finally, one of the stars of the show, the oldest bus on display with replicas of the original “engine” in place.