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The BEA airport bus was my favorite. Sitting at the back I could imagine travelling down the Great West Road to catch a De Haviland comet.
Looks like a great day out, I was unable to go due to prior engagements, at least your photos have given me a taste of what I missed out on.
I arrived, by bus from Marble Arch.
I kept clear of those 3 awful new buses. I enjoyed the tfl choir singing at the side of a trolleybus. I loved riding in the trolleybuses when they were in service. I liked the electric bus, which had been on test runs in Hounslow a few months ago.
I thought the tfl canteen was rather expensive. I bet their drivers got there meals cheaper.
Leaving the event I got a bus 38 from Piccadilly, painted black, it was a "Boris bus", which rather spoilt the day for me.
Superb post, made me laugh... MWLB. Especially after a week of buses.

so much effort must have gone in to making yesterday work, even if you dont really like buses (as i don't), it was a great day out.
Let's face it, we all secretly enjoy it when you write about buses.
A great day out indeed, and appearing in a DG photo is the icing on the cake!
I hopped on board one of the new buses as I'd not yet had the chance.
Not impressed!!
The top deck felt airless and claustrophobic, the hand rails near the back stairs were in the wrong places for safely grabbing on a lurching bus, and I kept banging my hand on the jutty-out bell buttons when getting out of the seats! Plus the high backed upright seats downstairs were horribly uncomfortable!
Glad I hadn't paid to go on one as I'd been planning to do up to this point!
It'll be interesting to see if special cameras tempt passengers up to the top deck. The continuous announcements that there is seating available on the top deck, on certain routes that I frequent, generally fails miserably!
There was another Lego bus stop on offer, if you were patient enough to find the queue on the fifth floor of Hamley's - a build-it-yourself miniature bus stop flag.

I had a nice wander later in the afternoon - I've got a bunch of photos here, if anybody's interested.
Just look at the difference in step height - from 'must have two working legs' to 'kneels down to make it easier to board for elderly, handicapped and those with buggies'!

Which is possibly why some people don't fold their buggies before getting on a bus. I always did but there were difficulties related to where you put stuff and how you got your toddler to stay put while you folded. Not to mention how you amused a freed toddler while waiting for the bus to actually arrive.
This was wonderful. Thank you so much for presenting this with the lovely chronological slide show and good descriptions of your experience.
And what an incredibly beautiful location too.
I recognise some of those buses. Indeed outside London you still seem some from the 1980s and 1970s from time to time. The bus I remember as a child was the Leyland National although I don't think they were as common in London. They are still used, I see one parked in the bus stand outside the office where I work from time to time.
LT did run quite a large fleet of Nationals, but they tended to be seen in small numbers in the suburbs rather than an overwhelming presence in the central area.
LT was a relatively late adopter of the National (originally developed as a collaboration between the National Bus (operating) Company and British Leyland's bus-building division.
It did however take six early examples for evaluation (on DG's local route S2) in 1973, but with a very new fleet of 800 AEC Swifts, most less than two years old, and most of the slightly older Merlins still in service, it wasn't really in the market for single deckers. (These Swifts included 138 delivered for London Country). Indeed, with one-person operation recently authorised for double deckers, it was poised to buy 2,650 new Fleetline double deckers over the next six years and now appeared to have rather a glut of single-deckers.
However, by 1976 the Swifts were recognised to be just as much of a basket case as the Merlins, their slightly older (and bigger) brothers, and over 500 Nationals were bought to replace them on routes where single deckers still had to be used. This was about 7% of the total production of 7000, of which about 10% were exported. London Country, by now part of the National Bus company, took a similar number.

Most of LT's examples moved away from London after the bus fleet was broken up on deregulation in 1986, most living on with their new owners elsewhere in the country, whilst newer buses were favoured in London and increases in ridership led to several routes needing conversion to double deck. However, the last 70 or so, which worked the "Red Arrow" services, were extensively updated and remained in service until replaced by bendybuses in 2002, by which time they were twenty years old.
I saw a New Bus For London / New Routemaster in black Adidas livery on the number 8 route on Roman Road approaching the junction of Grove Road on Saturday evening around 9:30pm. I don't know if if was in service, driving training or returning from the Stockwell event but it was heading in the direction of Bow.
I've seen them (red ones and black ones) running in service on the No 8 for a few days now
Just my luck.. I was really looking forward to seeing the Optare City Pacer. I know there's one at Acton, but it's just not the same!
@timbo - Thanks for such a comprehensive answer. It was the old London & Country ones I remember.
Drat! I was playing "Spot-the-comment-by-PC" and thought I'd got one, but when I scrolled down it was timbo. Surely he was there too?

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