2019 marks both 40 years since the RFs and RTs finished London Transport service, at Kingston on 30 March (RFs on routes 218 and 219) and Barking on 7 April 1979 (route 62), and 80 years since RT1 first entered service in August 1939.
The end of RTs on route 62 was (uniquely) arranged during the course of the day, with RT crews progressively transferring to RMs and the RTs running in to Barking in daylight. A procession of RTs took place later in the day, at which the surprise was the appearance of RT1, newly acquired by Prince Marshall and repainted.
London Bus Museum are organising an RT/RF gathering in Barking.
This will include displays in Barking and River Road garages and a free RT service on routes 62 and 23C, plus other free services. At the end of the day, there will be an RT procession to remind us of the procession in 1979.
For red RTs, the main venue will be Barking Garage, where there will be a ‘garage open day’ with a display of red RTs inside and outside, operation on routes 62 (passing and running in) and 23C (terminating) and sales stalls. The final RT to run in will ceremonially hand-over service to an RM outside the garage, and at the end of the day there will be a procession of RTs leaving the garage.
For other RTs and all RFs, the venue will be River Road garage, which will have a dedicated area in the rear yard for a display and bus terminus (route 62), together with a garage event featuring rides through the bus wash, etc. A frequent free bus service will operate between the two locations, with the 62 running to Chadwell Heath and the 23C continuing to Creekmouth Power Station.
Note the address shown is Barking Bus Garage in the town centre, there are also events at the River Road bus garage.
Cost: Free of Charge
Contact and Booking Details
More information at this website.
No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.2019-03-30 00:00 2019-03-30 00:00 Europe/London Heritage bus running day in Barking A day to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the RT buses - with a procession at the end of the day. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2019/03/30/heritage-bus-running-day-in-barking-193443 Barking Bus Garage,Longbridge Road,Barking,London
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