Worthing Bus Gathering and Running Day

Pictures from the 2005 event

For the second year running, the Worthing Event had very much a London flavour to it - in fact it turned out to be London-by-Sea.

Again, with help from our friends at Transport for London (TfL) and Arriva serving London, together with London's Transport Museum and the Cobham Bus Museum in Surrey, we managed to assemble a collection of rare vehicles including RM1, RML3, and RT1431, the Craven bodied example from Ensign's. Thanks are due, once again to the management of Stagecoach (Southdown) for allowing several of the buses to be kept overnight in Worthing garage.

Our pictures start with several taken on the Saturday evening at the garage, and here is locally preserved Bristol LHS/ECW BS5 (GHV505N). This bus was one of 17 purchased by LT in 1975 to replace FS class minibuses on several services, in this case the C11 operated by Holloway.

Probably one of the two stars of the show was RM1, seen here outside ......

...... and then inside the workshop garage at Stagecoach.

Two buses originating from Hampshire - former Portsmouth Corporation PD2/MCW LRV992, and Hants & Dorset XLJ726K, a Bristol RE with ECW bodywork, preserved in NBC local coach livery. LRV is still owned by Stagecoach but has been placed in the stewardship of local enthusiasts, having previously been in use with Stagecoach Devon with whom it carried a Golden Jubilee livery.

XLJ726K in the yard at Worthing Garage.

Page 2 takes us on to the event on Sunday.

Gerry Cork - February 2006
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