First, a map:
This 1969 timetable extract ...
This bus, London Transport (Country Area) T792, HLX 462, dates from 1948 and has an AEC Regal III chassis with Mann Egerton bodywork, built in Norwich. T792 was one of the very last half-cab single-deckers bought by London Transport and is now the sole survivor of this (to my eyes) exceptionally handsome batch of essentially 'provincial' buses supplied to LT. They had relatively short lives compared with the long-lived contemporary RT-type double-deckers, many of which went on to achieve lives of over 25 years, which until the late 1970s, was a rare thing. Infromation from (here) where many more photos can be seen.
Perhaps the above now goes some way to explaining why fbb was moved to pen a parodical poem in yesterdays blog (read again if you haven't done so already!). The whole tale contains much more wondrous transport history than fbb can include in a short article and does, perhaps, explain why sad old men pay good money to travel the highways and byways of Britain on old buses. Bus stop signs can be equally exciting.
You can wake up now!
Thanks to Alan for the basis of these two blogs; and to considerate comment contributor Kentish Clive for sending the old 394 timetable pages.
However, the first bus caught its underside on the bridge structure. It appears that the gradient of the tarmac ramp that has been installed up to the bridge was too steep."