Carshalton Running Day

Sunday 15 April 2007

These pages provide a record of the Carshalton 2007 suburban vintage bus event, at which about 4,500 journeys were made on 30 old London Transport buses and one former Surrey Motors coach.


This site has a Photo Gallery - thanks for the huge response, we will continue updating the gallery.  We still welcome your pictures (here), especially those taken away from the main sites. 


Whilst most services ran as planned, one bus was unfortunately involved in a road accident before arriving, leading to the Gravesend feeder service not running, and others suffering technical problems.  The Sutton to Croydon service was disrupted as a result, and the 151 did not run in the afternoon, for which we apologise. 


Pages last updated 26 July 2007


As if it was only yesterday .....
RT3062 on 15 April 2007
Photo © Alison Nash
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A vintage bus running day is an opportunity for members of the public to ride on and photograph old London buses in a traditional setting. 
About 30 old buses ran free services between Sutton, Mitcham, Carshalton, Belmont, Wallington and Croydon on Sunday 15 April 2007.  This site gives details of the buses involved and the routes they ran, together with some transport history of the area.
A map of the routes is given here.  Whilst there was no central 'base', thanks to Access Self Storage, short workings on the 213 terminated at the former Carshalton Depot (see photo), where there was a small static bus display on the forecourt. 
A number of free feeder services operated.  A bonus service on historic Cuddington route 262 took place after the end of the main service.
31 buses were in service, some rarely available to ride.  Details and timetables are provided on this site. 
The site includes a fair amount about trolleybuses in the area, thanks to input from John Parkin and David Bradley, but sadly it proved beyond our resources to organise trolleybus operation on 15 April 2007.  However, a Routemaster ran a 654 trolleybus replacement service during the day.

Morden in the long hot summer of 1976

RF340 loads opposite Morden Station for one of its last journeys in service - the day is 26 June 1976, the last day of RF operation by Sutton Garage, the route the 80A

Below, a rather worn RT3251 in Carshalton High Street on the long run from Dorking to Chelsham.  The 470 will run one journey only on 15 April, from Croydon to Epsom. 

Photos © John Parkin

Carshalton High Street 1972