Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by Lord Camomile, Dec 19, 2016.
Oh Sorry about the green bus stuff, then
Don't worry, people have been ignoring the locale thing all over the place.
I ain't having bloody commercial routes though!
the thing of travelling every London route has been done - London buses: and now London's Museums (they are now doing all London's museums as a follow up project - I'm not sure if they are keeping up with any new bus routes that TfL introduce)
if it was before 1970, it was still part of London Transport
As for the original question, there must be a lot of London bus routes (past and present) I have travelled the length of, although not sure how many I've done the full route in one go. Probably a few on the 'last Routemaster day' sort of thing in the mid 2000's.
In the not all that distant past, there were some routes where you couldn't travel the full length of the route in one go, as buses ran in sections that overlapped in the middle - at least at certain times of day / week.
Some of the longer routes included
12 - Norwood Junction to Willesden Junction (I'm not old enough to remember it being South Croydon - Willesden Junction with peak hour journeys extended to Park Royal)
36 - Hither Green to West Kilburn (same place as Queens Park Station, but it always used to be called West Kilburn)
36B - Grove Park to West Kilburn
(I can't remember if I did a 36A, which was a peak hour only version from Brockley Rise)
Don't think I ever got as far as Hounslow on the 37 from Peckham. Mum-Tat and me did travel on it as far as Richmond (then a 65 to Kingston, which involved a change of bus at the Petersham Hole) in early 1979 to seek out the last RFs
47 - Farnborough to Shoreditch
53 - Plumstead Common to Parliament Hill Fields (only ran north of Camden Town for a brief spell in the 80s)
279 - Smithfield to Hammond Street (head to Waltham Cross then keep going - this was the last Routemaster route to venture outside the greater london boundary)
on a slight tangent, this thread has reminded me that it's now three years since i threatened to organise an urban outing to do the south circular by bus (would take about 12 buses and a couple of walks along short bus-less sections of road to do the whole thing)
Let's do it
I don't think you've really done it all the way unless you do the north circular at the same time.
I envisage a team doing the north circular at the same time and meeting at some godforsaken pub in Woolwich or Kew bridge (probably less godforsaken)
Got 38 Victoria - Clapton Ponds and walked back. Simarly, walked Clapham Junction - Stratford and returned on London Overground.
but that's north of the river
216 from Staines to Kingston. Hell.
I've done it twice. Once in about 1978 in an old RF, and once about 10-15 years later in something noisy and rattly (probably a Leyland National). The first one was all right, if somewhat lengthy.
Strangely, I can't remember going to Staines
Inspired by this thread and also cos I finished work for the year at 4pm...I am doing a 130 bus trip end to end -live.
Dammit, I'm on the District line with only intermittent WiFi signal, so can't follow live!
It's not that exciting tbf
Well it is to me but a lot of south London looks the same in the dark
I'm now one stop beyond my previous known universe -that is exciting
I have reached my destination Vulcan Way
It's an industrial estate in the middle of a housing estate.
Bus driver was surprised to encounter a bus spotter. He let me stay on at the interchange and got me to sweep the bus for lost property . Excited
There is a real Moreleys here too
Out of interest we had four 130 crossings on the way out . And three tram meetings
..Not sure I can capture it on photo but I'll try
This is all I can see if the Shirley windmill in the dark
Bloody windmill! That was by my old school!
Once got train from Fnechurch Street to end of line at Shoeburyness then walked most of way back via likes of Southend, Westcliffe, Leigh Etc. Twas a great day even though the weather was not brilliant.
Sounds like a great walk
high barnet - morden
brixton - walthamstow
stratford - richmond
Eta: Charing Cross or bank branch?
in the last 30 minutes.
i wasn't paying attention to that bit as i was going to morden, though it is more likely it was morden via bank as all the charing x trains seem to terminate at kennington.
I had barely a clue where Fenchurch St station was yet alone visit it. So made a determined effort to visit it. Bit of research later and found it was a very limited line to Shoeburyness. Shoeburyness; wheres that, whats there? Well it was interesting. So decided to get out early one day get train out and wak as far back as our legs would take us. Great day if a little taxing.
Continuing with a theme, we thought about walking the lines Walk the Lines but we know much of the areas on the tube but me is thinking about tube to Heathrow and walking back, which will cover a considerable area we don't know that well. Just need time and energy
btw Lord Camomile, great thread and could run for miles.
Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness
Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria
Liverpool Street to Southminster
Liverpool Street to Hertford East
Victoria to Caterham
Victoria to East Grinstead
Cardiff to Merthyr Tydfil
88 Camden Town to Clapham Common
137 Oxford Circus to Streatham Hill, Telford Avenue
329 Enfield Town to Turnpike Lane
217 Waltham Cross to Turnpike Lane
279 Waltham Cross to Manor House
67 Aldgate to Turnpike Lane
19 Finsbury Park to Battersea Bridge
9 Hammersmith to Aldwych
11 Liverpool Street to Fulham
113 Edgware to Marble Arch
142 Brent Cross to Watford Junction
444 Chingford to Turnpike Lane
184 Barnet to Turnpike Lane
111 Heathrow Airport to Kingston
166 Epsom to West Croydon
337 Richmond to Clapham Junction
91 Trafalgar Square to Crouch End
221 Turnpike Lane to Edgware
59 King's Cross to Streatham Hill, Telford Avenue
121 Enfield Island Village to Turnpike Lane
243 Waterloo to Wood Green
188 North Greenwich to Russell Square
53 Whitehall to Plumstead
189 Brent Cross to Oxford Circus
211 Hammersmith to Waterloo
This is the photo story from a trip zora and I took on the 198 last week (soz about big photies
We found a route master on the way to the start of the 198
serious boarding business
Shrublands was the first place to look for our cars if they got stolen on a night out in Croydon
When I was a kid in the 70s living in Croxley Green you could buy an all day tube ticket from Croxley on the Metropolitan Line. For 5 or 10 pence( I forget). I imagine that was because Ken's free kids' fares were in force but we had to pay for the stops in Hertfordshire? Anyway, they were marked ' not valid at Upminster' so I went to Upminster to stick it to the man. It was shit.
Also, I remember when all this was fields.
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