|Sidings at Clapham Junction|
classes 444, 450 and 458
|Sidings at Clapham Junction|
with Classes 450 and 455
|Class 707 amongst the earlier|
SW railway types but with a
class 56 smoking away behind
The 1046 to Stratford and 1101 Willesdon Junction were both shown as delayed but a train arrived on platform 1 which was announced as the 1116 to Stratford.
It was at this time 1115 and some seconds but this train departed not too late at 1121 and reached Shepherd's Bush at 1135.
|By the time I arrived at Shepherd's |
Bush the snow was falling hard
|Looking back the way we had come|
The No 49 route starts from White City Bus station so this necessitated catching a bus from Shepherd's Bush to this location and in order to do this I took a bus No C1. After burrowing under the works being done around the Westcroft shopping centre we reached the White City Bus station at 1146.
|Snow falling briskly with a No 316 |
behind the veil of snow
|The original bus garage wall|
|A No 237 with appropriate destination White city, in the snow|
|Westfield shopping city|
|Westfield with bus turn in front of it|
|Within the No 49 leaving White City bus station|
The No 49 arrived at 1156 and was formed of Abellio No 2473 and the photo at the start of the journey is taken from within the bus as the supervisor at the bus station said I wasn't allowed to take photographs at the bus station. Throughout the early part of the journey the snow fell quickly, and with bus progress into snow, the front window soon became caked in snow and hence it was difficult to see out. Before this happened though, I took a shot as we neared Shepherds Bush interchange.
|A No 316 heading for White City|
The snow was settling quick enough to overcome the effects of the pre-salting treatment done even on busy roads. As we attempted to turn off Kensington High street we came up behind a two car collision with the police already in attendance. Gradually as we headed towards Gloucester road tube station we emerged into the sunshine and the front window of the bus began to clear.
|A No 49 heading to White City towards Kensington Palace Gates with snow and ice on window limiting the view forward|
|Room for some Boris Bikes but a wicked day for cycling.|
|Gloucester Road tube station with exit|
sign now above a cafe.
|Another No 49 arriving from Battersea Bridge|
From South Kensington to Clapham I have utilised the No 49 bus, or the almost parallel No 345, many times to take our twins to the museums at South Kensington as a means of reducing cost as avoiding travelling into zone 1.
|Snow lying in Battersea Park|
Progress was quite speedy from this point with little slush on the remaining roads and so I arrived at the terminal point at Bolingbroke Grove at 1257.
|Climbing up from the Northbrook to the terminus of the No 49.|
|Alighting from Abellio No 2473|
In order to reach the starting point of the No 50, I had to follow back the way the No 49 bus had travelled since passing the site of Arding and Hobbs and then walk up Lavender hill to the Battersea arts centre to catch a No 345 to Stockwell.
|Starting point of the No 50 just opposite|
Stockwell underground station HV131.
|A No 50 from Croydon crossing a picturesque Clapham Common|
|Alternative view of a snowy Clapham Common|
The No 50 would take me almost home and the timetable told me it would be a 65 minute journey to the Croydon Flyover. Indeed the journey had to be padded out by two stops in order to regulate the service! My steed was Arriva operated Hybrid Volvo HV131 which departed from Stockwell at 13:32 and it occurred to me that despite living in the Croydon area since 1986.I had never previously caught a No 50. Even when there were rail strikes I always chose the No 109 or No 68 and when the latter was split the No 250.
|Frozen duck pond on Clapham|
As a result I arrived at Croydon flyover at 1442 and promptly caught a No 119 home.
|Dusting of snow above the Croydon|
underpass Wellesley Road
|Not even complete snow cover|
on grass Wellesley Road
|Journey's End, the Croydon flyover|