|Note that these buses used to have yellow blinds, but they were substituted for white blinds, when these buses departed the 205, and found a new home (see at the end of the post).|
The sole other type of bus to appear on the 205 was the Alexander Trident/ALX400. Now, this was one of my least favourite double deck types, probably because they can get extremely hot inside and the views from the front window are restricted because of a pole. I didn't get a chance to ride one of these buses on the 205, but I could tell that the Scania's and Enviro's suited the route better.
|Here it is, at the Cleveland Terrace bus stand in Paddington. Can you see the Crossrail works on Eastbourne Terrace behind.|
|12305 arrives at Aldgate Station.|
|iBus on 12305.|
|One of the new Enviro's follows a Black Routemaster on the 8, another route to gain new buses at Bow. Behind the buses is the London Overground bridge in Shoreditch.|
|12306, in Old Street.|
|Downstairs rear interior.|
After waiting a few minutes at Cleveland Terrace, I boarded 12317, and sat upstairs, at the front, on the left. The bus was on a diversion when I boarded, and it used both Westbourne and Eastbourne Terrace to get to Paddington Station. The bus sped along Eastbourne Terrace, passing the diggers working on Crossrail tunnels, taking advantage of not having any other means of transport on the road.
|My bus, at Cleveland Terrace.|
The bus loaded up at Paddington Station, and then went down Praed Street to reach Edgware Road Station. 12317 got stuck behind a 27 at Edgware Road, but eventually ADH43 moved off and the Stagecoach Enviro chased it in hot pursuit. However, at Marylebone Station, the 205 detours to stop directly outside the station, whilst the 27 just continues straight down Marylebone Road to reach Baker Street. The 27 wasn't in sight once 12317 had left the station forecourt. Surprisingly, there wasn't much traffic on Marylebone Road, unlike in the evening peak, where the traffic can tail back all the way from Paddington-Kings Cross. Obviously, everyone was either on holiday, or visiting Madame Tussauds, where the queue was as horrible as ever. As the bus got to Great Portland Street Station, I watched a not in service Tower Transit Enviro 400 use the Euston Underpass as a shortcut to reach Euston. I wish the 205 could use it, but then it wouldn't stop at Warren Street, where I have boarded and alighted this route many times.
After spending a long time at Euston Bus Station picking up passengers, the bus manoeuvred itself through Grafton Place, a very narrow street which many buses use to reach Kings Cross Station. The bus was very busy by that point, and remained this busy until Angel, where many people alighted for Chapel Market, and the Northern Line tube. City Road was empty, allowing the bus to omit stops and move pretty fast until Moorfields Eye Hospital, where the bus picked up more passengers. Weaving through the back streets of Shoreditch, an area which I love, the bus reached Liverpool Street, where nearly all the passengers got off. All the tall, curved buildings came into view and from the top deck and they looked beautiful. I love most bus routes that enter the City Of London, mostly because of the views of the buildings. Through Aldgate, and more narrow streets, our bus got stuck behind a 25, which is a very frequent but overcrowded route that follows the 205 from Aldgate to Bow Church. There wasn't much to see around Mile End, but as I'd never been to the area before, it was still fascinating. Mile End Road was deserted, and the bus sped through Whitechapel and Stepney Green before overtaking two 25s and the 205 I just misssed at Paddington. The bus was empty, with only one other passenger on the top deck that I didn't know. Surprisingly, Bow Church Station isn't the last stop, and I alighted at Bow Bus Garage, which the 205 uses to turn buses around. I love this route, and it will certainly remain the best for many years to come.
|A Hybrid blinded for the 8 inside Bow Bus Garage.|
|A line up of buses at the garage.|
|In Leamouth, is an ex-205 Scania OmniCity. There are some strange stop names in this area: Nutmeg Lane, Clove Crescent, Oregano Drive. And, they're all consecutive stops!|
|A line up of buses on stand. The sole ALX400 still at Bow is between them.|
|Here is one at Trafalgar Square. Appearances still remain quite rare, though.|