N47. Although it was pretty much replaced with N199, N47 was faster and the starting/ending times were great. I like N199, but I do wish there wasn’t so much running time as it causes most drivers to crawl and move at 5 - 15mph depending on the section of the route.
Here’s hoping N47 will be brought back someday and be structured to run between Shoreditch and Croydon which covers both 47 and 75.
I agree with missing the N47, but for different reasons - the way some of the drivers used to handle the TAs made the journey rather entertaining!
I know it's not discontinued but I'd have loved to have taken a 109 from Trafalgar Square to Croydon. Would have been interesting to see how long it felt end to end.
You'd only have done it once, unless you have masochistic tendencies! I once did the then-longest bus route in London, the Sunday 133 from South Croydon Garage to Hendon Central Station (via East Finchley) and it almost put me off buses for life! There may not have been 'regulation' in those days, but there was an incredibly padded timetable and no traffic north of London Bridge, so most of the journey was in second gear, and an antidote to those who wish to see the return of long routes. After 40 odd years I'm not sure my nether regions have ever recovered.
The old 13, Hendon - London Bridge The old 59 - Chipstead Valley or Old Coulsdon - West Hampstead - that was great route to travel end to end.
If you timed it right, you could get a 13 from Golders Green to Rye Lane Garage, Peckham, with a brief stop at London Bridge while the ukltimate blind was changed to Peckham via Peckham Hill Street, a very odd arrangement at the time, but it was clearly felt that displaying a Peckham ultimate in Regent Street, say, would lead to some assuming it was a 12! In the opposite direction, I suspect you might have had difficulties boarding a 13 before London Bridge, but perhaps I'm being unnecessarily sceptical.
Favourite was the 352 back when it covered the Lower Sydenham to Upper Sydenham via Forest Hill section. It was an absolutely lovely route with those nice Darts and great to have a direct Forest Hill to Bromley link - we used to walk from the bottom end of Dulwich to catch it.
When the 352 was truncated and the 356 took over we tried the interchange once. I vaguely remember a 5 minute connection was at least implied in writing with the the 356 at Bell Green. However the 356 was always late and after a couple of times of watching the 352 leave Bell Green as we arrived in, we gave up on the 352 and shopping in Bromley completely, instead going to Lewisham.
I recently rode on the 352 and it is now one of the few routes I've ridden from end to end where no other passengers boarded or alighted. The 352's buses also shrunk from 10.1m to 8.9m not long after the route was shortened.
The Shoppers Express service which ran in the 80’s from Wood End Estate (the 398 wasn’t the first bus to serve Wood End Estate) using a Metrobus...most probably from ON. I think it ran on Wednesdays and Saturdays or something like that.
I would have loved have ridden the night bus express routes into Gillingham (NX1) and Heathrow (N56). Also the N11 from Acton Tram Depot to Hackney. I remember seeing the stop tiles and bus maps at the time and wishing I could catch one. Being about 5 or 6 years old at the time, that wasn’t really an option lol.
Post by londonnightbus1 on Sept 1, 2019 21:17:02 GMT
The 12 Notting Hill Gate - Dulwich. Use to sit on it Notting Hill to Peckham, on a Sunday’s used to have Titans and Optare Spectras from the 3 allocated to it in the 90’s.
The 36 Queen’s Park - Lewisham. This used to be the route I went to go see my Auntie when I was coming from Victoria Coach Station to her house. Ashame Now I’d have to change bus as early as Vauxhall ( with that pesky 436 Battersea re-routing)
The 15 had Scania N113 deckers on a Sunday. Would have loved to have gone on one. We had loads of Scania N113 Deckers in Leeds where I’m from, and they’re fast buses. The 90s had a good era of buses.