Your most memorable journeys on a London bus Sept 9, 2020 20:48:57 GMT via mobile thelondonthing likes this
Post by ThinLizzy on Sept 9, 2020 20:48:57 GMT
Sept 9, 2020 19:18:19 GMT @dannyb said:
My most memorable journeys were probably when Grey-Green ran the 179. The 179, at the time, ran through to Barking and drivers took their vehicles back to DX for breaks and sign-off. If a bus was late back, it was replaced by anything that was spare in the yard which often meant a route with a PVR of 6 could have 6 different types on it. The best two vehicles were the Scania K92s (E107/108 JYV) which were originally purchased for Grey-Greens commuter routes in North Kent. Occasionally the weird and super noisy East-Lancs re-bodied B10Ms from the 20 would appear. Worst vehicles that appeared on the 179 were an East Lancs bodied Olympian (A279ROW) and the awful Metrobuses.
My other favourites were the E-reg Scania N112s Grey-Green usually kept on the 275- they had a unique sort of damp smell to them. Years later I was in Ensigns yard in Purfleet after getting a lift back from a rail job. One of the ex-275 Scanias was in the yard, they still smelled the same inside.
Also have to give mention to the brilliant Optare Deltas East London used, initially on the 148/129/150 before they transferred to BK for the 169 and 369.
Around 2000 I was using the 275 and remember that smell very well on the Volvo City buses too! The route then got some Northern Counties Olympians that had such a strong diesel smell.
Between Grey Green and Capital City Bus we were really spoilt in east London in the 1990s and early 00s.
absolutely- the Capital Citybus fleet was such a mixed bag of oddities like the ex Southampton Dominators on the 257 that still had adverts for Route 17 on the inside, the fantastic fleet of Olympians, the Metrobuses with Rolls-Royce engines even the Dennis Arrows were pretty good.
I was lucky enough to spend a few years working for Capital Citybus in the late 90s, really was a brilliant company to work for.