The reason why a London street was overrun with vintage buses

Fans of vintage buses were in for a treat yesterday (November 7) as a fleet of old-style buses including Routemasters took to the roads in North London for a special event.

Passengers stepped back in time to experience a piece of London transport history riding on vintage models from the 1950s including the legendary Routemaster

The vintage running day organised by the London Bus Museum took place to mark 30 years since the closure of the Muswell Hill bus garage.

The event was originally due to take place last year but was postponed because of the pandemic.

Vintage buses including routemasters out in North London

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The heritage fleet complete with original features including old-style rope bells, wooden floors and handles to pull down the windows were free for passengers to ride on.

A conductor on one of the buses Mike, said, “Many kids have never been on a real London bus before, and have never met a real bus conductor. People were really fascinated and enjoyed the journey.”

“It was great to hear people’s memories of riding on the buses when they were younger.” He added.

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The routemasters were free for passengers to ride for

The drivers and conductors on the routes were made up of volunteers and passengers were encouraged to donate to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

Many took to social media to share their sightings of the buses which also travelled heritage routes for the day, including the 212 which originally ran from Finsbury Park to Muswell Hill before being replaced by the current W7 bus.

One person commented: “There were loads of them yesterday running to and from Muswell Hill. Great to see”

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The fleet also featured old 1950s style single decks buses

While another said: “Used to love these- would be great to travel on one again”

A third added: “Vintage bus day today absolutely brilliant.”

“Great old buses, I saw one today on Muswell Hill with a guy hanging out on the platform dressed as a conductor with a ticket machine around his neck.”

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The event was a organised by the London Bus Museum

The buses also caught the attention of younger crowds with one grandparent saying: “I pointed it out to my grandson, only to be bombarded with a million questions!

“Was it as old as you, Nanny! No, not that old. Was mummy alive etc.”

The buses which drew many admiring, offered free rides up until 4.30pm yesterday

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