Friday, 2 February 2018

Day twenty three Finally I get John's and my wife onto the odyssey with the No 45 outside St Pancras Station

After a visit to the Abba Super Trooper immersive exhibition at the Southbank, a walk to both the Vaudeville and Noel Coward theatres to get tickets followed by 140 years of recorded sound at the British Library we arrived at the start of the No 45 at 1458. This was a useful opportunity to not only do this route but enable Debbie to join with me and my wife on a bus in numerical order.

Charmaine and Debbie about to board Abellio's new 2590

Another view of Debbie excited at the
prospect of taking part

The bus was Alexander Dennis Enviro 400MMC no 2590 which was delivered last Autumn, one of the 23 delivered when Abellio won the route No 45 I presume, which they have operated since the 11th of November 2017. The route runs down Grays Inn road from King's Cross past where the London Weather Centre was from 1991-2006 a route I used to use to go trainspotting in my lunch break at St Pancras or King's Cross. Once we had crossed the river I realised that it would be quite convenient for Debbie to alight at Southwark station as she could get a train home from Waterloo East, whereas Elephant and castle, Brixton or indeed Clapham Park would have been difficult to get home from. My wife and I continued on past Elephant and castle and up the Walworth road to Camberwell Green. We reached this point at 1547 and was told that drivers would be exchanged. However, the new driver announced we had to get off and join the bus ahead of us.

Abellio 2594 which we changed onto by the Walworth bus garage
at Camberwell Green

The second Abellio bus that constituted our journey was no 2594  but otherwise  it was identical to the bus we had disembarked from. The journey took an hour to reach Loughborough Junction and having turned up Brixton High Street we headed up Brixton Hill to turn right at the South Circular Road, just past the old Brixton Hill tramway garage. The final stop was Atkins Road with Clapham Park in the distance, where we arrived at 1625.
No 2594 heading off to its stand at Clapham Park before returning later towards King's Cross

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