Route 140 celebration

23 November 2019

Page last updated 16 December 2019


Route 140 was almost the first route to operate daily to London Airport (as it then was), Central Enclosure.  Extended there on 4 May 1955, it was pipped at the post one month earlier by the 81B, which had previously been a summer Sunday only route. The route will no longer serve Heathrow Airport after 6 December 2019, replaced by the X140.
To celebrate the route, London Bus Museum organised a free heritage bus service over the route on 23 November 2019.  We thank all those who made it such a great day, not least the owners and crews who provided the buses!
This page captures a few images of a damp but busy day.  The event page, with a history of the route and details of the event, is here.

The usual fare on the 140 is represented by the hybrid VWH-class Volvo-Wright Gemini 3s occupying the far door.  An older Gemini sits next to the RT as an RM arrives.  All these worked the 140 over the years.

Photo © John Parkin


Heathrow Bus Station.  RT4275 arrives just in front of Metroline's VWH2198.

Photo © Nigel Eadon-Clarke


Two Metrobuses operated the route, M1014 and M1069.  M1069 turns into College Road, Harrow.

Photo © Peter Larkham


The lowest number RT in operation was RT714, re-imported from Abegweit Tours in Nova Scotia by Roger Wright.  It is seen arriving at Heathrow on a late journey.

Photo © John Parkin


Not part of the heritage operation, but Harrow Weald's last remaining Volvo B7/Plaxton President VP614 in normal service, complete with original blinds.  It continues in service as the last VP with Metroline.

Photo © Peter Larkham


RT4779 sets off ffrom Harrow Weald Garage for a Cherry Lane journey as RM1397 pulls in from Heathrow.

Photo © Richard Kemble


In early afternoon, a concentration in the HD yard - RT3251, M1069, RT4777, RT714, RT786.

Photo © Tom Drake


Another Heathrow shot, a very nice portrait of RT786 from Lincolnshire.

Photo © Nigel Eadon-Clarke


It's that bus again, in Harrow, Station Road.

Photo © MC Lane