09/07/2014

Potters Bar Bus Garage open day 2014 - part 1

Our regular correspondent David Bell attended Metroline's Potters Bar bus garage open day last Saturday, in this two part photo special he shares an interesting selection of photographs taken on the day - enjoy!

Potters Bar Garage Open Day 1/4 (c) David Bell
Our first photo today shows Park Royal bodied AEC Routemaster WLT 903, this was new in January 1962, this bus is part of Metroline's own fleet and is seen here working on the 84 © David Bell.

David comments: "There was quite a variety of visiting buses operating as extras on the 84 and 242 services - attached is a selection of photographs including the inevitable Borismaster. The first photograph was taken opposite the railway station and the rest arriving or leaving the depot except the single decker which Metroline have repainted on a striking red/white and blue livery. There were some good stalls to browse through and entry was only £2 all proceeds going to charity."

Potters Bar Garage Open Day 1/4 (c) David Bell
The only non-London bus in this part is Alexander bodied Volvo Aisla JOV 738P, this bus was new to West Midlands PTE in 1975 © David Bell.

Potters Bar Garage Open Day 1/4 (c) David Bell
Now a common sight in London as well as at various bus events around the country are TfL's 'New Routemaster' buses, this one registered LTZ 1010 is allocated to Metrobus and is seen working a special service on the 84 © David Bell.

Potters Bar Garage Open Day 2/4 (c) David Bell
Back to something a bit older now, here we see Park Royal bodied Leyland 7RT KGK 803, this smart bus dates from 1949 and is now in the care of the London Bus Preservation Trust © David Bell.

Potters Bar Garage Open Day 2/4 (c) David Bell
The first of two Leyland Titans in this part is WYV 66T, this was new to London Transport in 1979, it was part of the Sullivan Buses fleet until it recently passed into private ownership © David Bell.

Potters Bar Garage Open Day 2/4 (c) David Bell
The next Leyland Titan featured is A961 SYE, this was new to London Transport in 1984, since withdrawal it has worked for a number of independent operators and has been in preservation with a number of private owners, it now wears a Green Line based livery © David Bell.

Potters Bar Garage Open Day 2/4 (c) David Bell
We finish this part with a single decker - Mann Egerton B30F bodied Leyland Tiger PS1 JXC 288, this bus dates from 1949 and has been part of the London Bus Preservation Trust's collection since 1978 © David Bell.

Look out for the second part of this photo special - coming soon!