Waterloo Road, SE1, London, 1977

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    I could really do with some help with this one. Taken on or around 1976-77, the image shows London Transport RT3141 working the 76 service, which I assume is the Tottenham - Moorgate - Waterloo service. If it is, then this would make perfect sense because according to the excellent 'Ian's Bus Stop' site (the bible for all things LT), this bus was allocated to Tottenham Garage in 1976-1977. Like RT745 in the previous posting, RT3141 also ended up with scrap dealer's Wombwell Diesels, South Yorkshire in 1978.

    I'm guessing that this York Road at Waterloo? Wherever it is in London, I'm sure that it will have changed beyond all recognition.

    **Solved by fellow Flickrite St_asaph; who confirms the location as Waterloo Road, SE1 (see below):

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    1. DOC26V 45 months ago | reply

      Rather scruffy bus. I always thought LT kept their fleet tidy.

    2. Old Sawley Youth 45 months ago | reply

      Delightfully 'seventies.

      I can hear the screech of tyres from Regan and Carter's Ford Consul...

    3. st_asaph 45 months ago | reply

      I actually think this is Waterloo Road, SE1, with the RT beginning its northbound journey. That's Meepham street merging in at the left. The tea stall under the railway remains in business today. Waterloo East station is immediately to the right.

    4. Lady Wulfrun 45 months ago | reply

      r.2.4: All right Tinkerbell, ...you're nicked!

    5. Lady Wulfrun 45 months ago | reply

      St-asaph: Brilliant, I knew that someone with 'the knowledge' would come up with the answer. I've just checked streetview, and that confirms it. Many thanks.

    6. st_asaph 45 months ago | reply

      Something else I've just remembered about this location: the late Buster Edwards (one-time Great Train Robber) had his flower stall along this stretch outside Waterloo Station. I bought flowers from him on a couple of occasions. I found him a very pleasant man - he always offered advice about care and watering. He didn't look a bit like Phil Collins, though.

    7. Lady Wulfrun 45 months ago | reply

      Ah, but he couldn't keep away from the trains. ;-)

    8. lincsl&p 45 months ago | reply

      Great vehicles, and thank goodness some returned from Canada this year to boost the flagging numbers.

    9. Stephen Rees 45 months ago | reply

      DOC26V - they did, but as the RTs were getting to the end of their service lives, they were neglected. The absence of a rear destination blind is notable.

      Buster had good prices too - I still remember buying a large potted ficus benjaminii for less than a fiver from him.

    10. plcd1 45 months ago | reply

      Definitely Waterloo Road - the building behind the bus now houses the Jubilee Line station. A few yards to the rear of the bus on the same side was the old Colonnade which served as the loading point for several Red Arrow services - at least in my memory. The bridge looks a bit smarter these days but the stall, as St Asaph says, is still there.

      The road off to the left is the terminal point for the 243 bus and the Citaros on the Red Arrow 521 park in there these days. The road also featured in the Bourne Ultimatum (film) when the sniper parks his BMW car in that road before heading into the station to try to kill Jason Bourne and the journalist Simon Ross (who he does kill). That's probably more than you wanted to know ....

    11. geordiedave66 45 months ago | reply

      @r2.4 and LW, "Shut it " don't you mean "Get yer trousers on sunshine your nicked"

    12. DB TIV 45 months ago | reply

      The geezers in the Tranny just blagged the bank, the Flying Squad's not far behind and the chase'll end on a bomb site with a crashed van and the obligatory punch up..
      Haskins will turn up in a blue Rover V8 just after the action-as usual..

    13. Lady Wulfrun 44 months ago | reply

      Thank you, I'm sure that you can do something wonderful with this image RTD. :-)

    14. roll the dice 44 months ago | reply

      hahaha i may if im in the area....

    15. DaveAFlett 37 months ago | reply

      An RT on the 76 was a very remarkable working at this time. By 1977 London Transport was in a state of near collapse. Newer buses were breaking down rather faster than the engineers could fix them. Already most of the Merlins and Swifts had been withdrawn after only a few years life and now the DMSs (Fleetlines) which had been bought in large numbers partly to replace them were falling like ninepins. In this chaos only RMs and RTs could be relied on. Remember that by this time, in the plans of the late 60's, most of the Routemasters should have been withdrawn by now - let alone the RTs. One route (the 106) had just been converted back from one DMS one-man operation to crew using RMs! The Routemaster fleet was now over stretched, leaving LT with no option but to gather together some surplus RTs and allocate them to garages that hadn't operated them for years. Suddenly some trunk central London routes that had been converted to RM as much as 15 years previously now had RTs on them again. One garage to receive an RT allocation was Tottenham - which had last run them many years previously. They normally ran on the 76. Blinds were usually makeshift and cobbled together from differently sized RM blinds.
      One Sunday a friend rigged it so that an RT went out on the 73, then as now, one of the busiest routes in London. This was possibly the first time one had run on this route since 1962! Being a Sunday it ran all the way to Hounslow, an enormous Sunday only extension and one of the weird and wonderful weekend variations that LT used to go in for in those days in the name of schedule efficiency (and to hell with any confusion it might cause to the public - the last people LT ever thought about!).
      It can truly be said that these wonderful buses went out in a blaze of glory - the first DMS withdrawals pre-dated the last RTs.....

    16. st_asaph 37 months ago | reply

      I remember those days all too well. The hot summer of 1976 gave a further impetus to the return of RTs on routes that had long bid goodbye to them as the RMs suffered worse from overheating. I was delighted by the regular use of a pair on the old 26 route that extended from Barnet to Victoria (partly superceded by today's 82) and grabbed any excuse to ride on them.

    17. JDFLondon 26 months ago | reply

      Looking at the plate of the Transit (M) plate, means it can't be earlier than 1973

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