Here we have one of Zena’s little errant excursions. Today was a very jolly sunny Sunday & I’d heard there was a Vintage bus leaving from nearby Finsbury Park bus station for a wee jaunt along it’s two old bus routes. Naturally I arranged to meet friends & take my camera along for the ride!
All who didn’t make it can rest easy in the supreme knowledge that actually getting to ride on the bus was in itself an exceedlingly challenging matter. Probably, the less said the better! However, thanks to the glorious sunshine my spirit of adventure remained undented & I rode the birthday girl bus to Northumberland Park, via Alexandra Palace & back to good old Finsbury Park!
It is the 60th Birthday of this red RF single-decker brought back just for the day to re-live & re-run her former route. The 212 ran from Muswell Hill (bus garage) to Finsbury park from 17th February1953. She was swapped over to West green garage for route 233 – Northumberland Park to Finsbury park (these routes are now W7 & W3).
The reason a single decker was employed was due to the weight restriction on the bridge over Muswell Hill. This was one of the busiest routes & ran at a loss until 1960, when th bridge was dismantled & double decker’s operated.
The 212 route also carried punters to Alexandra Palace Racecourse from Finsbury park. An exceedingly busy route on race days!!