Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Gravesend Classic Bus Day - Pictures

On Sunday 11th July, Gravesend town held it's annual Classic Bus Day in absolutely glorious weather. As all rides on the buses were free, we decided to have a cheap day out (for a change!).

There were approximately a dozen different vintage buses running during the day on the old London Country routes through North Kent. These included the two AEC Regal IV's shown above which date from 1953 and 1951 respectively.

AEC - the Associated Equipment Company - manufactured thousands of buses and trucks, including the world famous Routemasters, between 1912 and 1979 and was based in Southall, Middlesex.

An AEC Reliance bus in Maidstone and District bus company livery. This bus (390 DKK) first entered service in 1958.

This was the oldest bus on display. STL2692 dates back to 1946
RML2589 is an AEC Routemaster bus which entered service in 1966. We had a ride on this bus from Gravesend to Dartford and then on to Longfield before returning back to Gravesend.

Someone really enjoyed their ride on the bus! (only the second bus he's ever been on - a real sign of the times).

Another Routemaster - RMC 1486. She was built in 1962.

More pictures of the buses can be found here on my Flickr pages

If you have enjoyed reading this post you are welcome to leave a comment. They are always very welcome.

Other posts you may like.....

Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway Gala Pictures

1 comment:

  1. Nice pictures. Earlier this year we visited the tram and bus museum in Norfolk. I didn't fancy it but my husband was keen to go. Ended up having a great day! They have it like a 1940's village with tram lanes laid and you get to ride on all the trams and buses and all the staff are in period costume. The cafes were all in period too. All the trams and buses are maintained by volunteers and are in great condition too.