A-Z Archive: R Challenge

From My Archive I Choose…

R is for Repairs Required!

Going Home Sick
PDL76 is Unwell… The driver makes his slow journey back to base with a sick Dennis Dart, hazards flashing and smoke from the rear – 2 days later she was back on form and photographed flying down long Lane πŸ™‚

Accidents will happen, especially in bus stations where large vehicles have to work in close proximity and often on short timescales. The National Express coach swung out to go around the coach in front, into the path of a Metroline Volvo. The bus was already in motion, having pulled out to go round the 13 bus I was sitting on. Inevitably there was a collision. I think the bus was in the blind spot of the coach driver’s mirrors and he forgot to glance over his shoulder. But that’s my interpretation. I’m sure the insurance companies decided to go knock for knock;-)

So then there was the some light entertainment for us passengers. At one stage there were 5 people taking notes. Both drivers, the London Buses man in this photo, a Metroline representative and one from National Express. A Transdev man was there as well checking that his vehicle (the bus I’m sitting in) wasn’t involved.

Fixing It
Here we have an example of repairs in hand – the travelling mechanic delves in the steering bits while the driver holds the access panel open. The eagle-eyed among you will spot the universal fixer underneath – is that a 2lb hammer I see? πŸ˜‰

When all else fails
When all else fails, it’s time to call on your preferred recovery agent – in this case Lantern from South Mimms assisting a dead Dennis Dart of Metroline. It’s home and an early bed for you my lad.. πŸ˜‰



  1. It’s uncanny how you’re right there on the spot!
    Nobody’s called you an ambulance chaser, have they???

    • Lol Judith – I have a direct line to the evil one and he tells me where to be πŸ˜‰ It’s all luck of the draw combined with carrying a camera with me most of the time when I leave the house. Example – the top shot was taken on my way to a Wingate & Finchley home game – it’s about 50yds from the gate to the ground! Even so, I’ve missed lots I’d have liked to capture – c’est la vie πŸ˜‰

  2. excellent martin!

  3. Very nice interpretation of R – unique and very dynamic. I like the backstories as well. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  4. {{CRUNCH}}

    Great shots, Martin!

  5. Great post πŸ™‚ Phil’s been in a bus accident: as you say, the prangs – which happen frequently for a London bus driver provide plenty of entertainment for the passengers.

    • Hi Kate – yes, they always have an element of humour provided no one’s hurt πŸ™‚ The coach was on a Stansted airport run, so I hope none of the passengers were tight for time!

  6. Oooooo! Your second and third shots made me cringe, Martin! I can almost hear the grinding and scraping!
    Hahaha… the ‘universal fixer’! When all else fails… get the B.F.H.!

    • Yeah – that Big Hammer works so well πŸ˜‰ Sorry the collision made you cringe Bob. It was a bang rather than a grinding and scraping. I believe the Metroline driver saw him coming and stomped on the brakes so that the collision was minimal though it did break some glass πŸ™‚

  7. Slight windscreen damage, I couldn’t even begin to imagine what a new bus windscreen costs given the price of a car windscreen these days. That’s a huge tow truck. Great photos Martin.

    • Thanks Tony. The coach had a broken side window – Now they’re actually bonded into the bodywork, so goodness knows how much that costs to repair.

  8. Excellent work Martin πŸ™‚

  9. Ooops, one little bash and I expect there was quite a knock on effect!

  10. so nice to see a bus gettin its fair share of crunchin seeing as i was hit by one while stationary hmm great pics hope you have a good week hey the wheels on the bus go round n round come on sing it lol xjen


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