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Red RF Buses 60th Anniversary: Free Rides on Route 210

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by Sandra Lawson (subscribe)
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Not Quite a Busman's Holiday
Does everybody share my nostalgia for vintage buses and trains, or do you only yearn for something once it's in the past?

Next Tuesday (11 September) is the 60th anniversary of the introduction of the RF single decker buses that ran on the 210 route between Finsbury Park and Golders Green. These now vintage buses will operate a tandem service in conjunction with the contemporary TfL fleet and will stop at all the same stops as their more familiar younger siblings, although they will not go beyond Golders Green. The only difference will be that they will only be running between 10.30am and 3.30pm and the service will be free. The timetable can be found on the website.

210 Bus
210 Bus (picture courtesy of

The 210 bus route has been virtually unchanged since it was first introduced in 1922, although it was extended to Brent Cross when Europe's first shopping mall opened in 1976. The RF buses were taken out of service in September 1971.

210 Bus at a Bus Stop
210 Bus at a Bus Stop (Picture Courtesy of

For those not familiar with the 210 route, it takes in a couple of well-known Hampstead pubs: Jack Straw's Castle and the Spaniards, before wending its way up Highgate Hill and Highgate High Street on its way to Finsbury Park. Do you feel tempted now, even just to stop for a refreshing pint at one of the Hampstead hostelries? You could even dress up in vintage clothing to complete the occasion. I promise that the experience will be in colour, despite the photographs.

Further information about the RF London buses can be found on the website.
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Why? To travel on old buses for free
When: Between 10.30 and 3.30 on 11 September
Where: Between Golders Green and Finsbury Park
Cost: Free
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