Brooklands – London Bus Museum 41st Spring Gathering. This event held on the 13th of April, is now well and truly established at Brooklands, and celebrated the RT75 buses and the RM60. It is hard to believe that the famous RT buses have been around for 75 years, the first, RT1 was built in 1939.
Probably one of the most iconic sights on the London streets, even before the Routemaster buses that we all know and love, there were many fine examples on display for the public and bus enthusiasts alike to admire.
In terms of the photography, which I sometimes forget to mention in these blogs, it was really quite straight forward. The weather on the day was perfect for this type of event, and really only needed the Canon AWB mode and Standard picture style. It is probably best to slightly underexpose the shots as the sunlight was quite strong, and the vibrant colours of the buses lend themselves well to this type of photography. A lot of patience however is needed, as these iconic vehicles have a huge following of fans, and everyone wants to be in the ideal position to enjoy them and take photos.
There were lots of things for the whole family to do, including lots of market stalls selling bus memorabilia, books, models, prints and even old bus tickets!!.
The London Bus Museum on the Brooklands site was also busy. People were finding out more about the Heritage of these fascinating vehicles. Exhibits stretch back to the early 1800’s, when the first horse drawn buses filled the London streets, right up to the red double decker Routemasters that still have pride of place on London’s roads.
You can learn more about the history of London’s famous buses at the LBM website.
The photo above is one of my favourites from the day, two RT buses in their green livery proudly displayed by the racetrack at Brooklands.
You can see more photos of this event at the Heritage Photos website.
What a fantastic event last weekend 5th+6th of April, ‘Once In A Blue Moon’ at the ‘Didcot Railway Centre’ in Oxfordshire. The former Great Western Railway engine shed and locomotive stabling point, is fast becoming one of the premier heritage railway sites in the UK. Hundreds of people gathered over the weekend to witness what can only be described as a “rare sight”. The gathering of these beautifully restored former main line engines, resplendent in their British Rail express passenger blue livery. The three engines took turns to shunt two carriages up and down the Didcot Railway Centre main line, sometimes two together.
The engines in question were: GWR King class 6023 ‘King Ewdard II‘, LNER A1 class 60163 ‘Tornado‘, and LNER A4 class 60007 ‘Sir Nigel Gresley‘.
You can see the three engines here in front of the main engine shed at Didcot and the assembled crowds of very exited Heritage Steam Engine enthusiasts.
‘Tornado’ is now a fully fledged main line engine and regularly takes part in excursions up and down the country.
To find out more about Tornado and her £3million re-furbishment, you can visit the a1steam.com website to learn more about the 18 year journey to bring her back to life.
For those of us passionate about these former giants of the British railways it was a very special event indeed, and something you really do see only ‘Once In A Blue Moon’!!.
You can see more photos of the event at the HeritagePhotos website.
This weekend, the 5th and 6th of April, at the Didcot Railway Centre, there is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see three amazing Steam Trains in their BR’s express passenger blue livery. The trains in question are: LNER A1 60163 ‘Tornado’, GWR King 6023 ‘King Edward‘, and LNER A4 60007 ‘Sir Nigel Gresley‘. This has to be one of my highlights in the photographic calendar this year, and I am sure this vintage line up will present some amazing photographic memories. The event is entitled ‘Once In A Blue Moon’, and that just about sums it up.