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Thomas Young
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Cricklewood Garage

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Details: The new bus garage at Cricklewood is a shadow of its former self, comprising an office block, a shed with some maintenance bays in, and a big open yard. Fittingly therefore, the open day held there on 19th September 2009 was but a shadow of the open days of old! There were about 10 trade stalls, and perhaps 6 buses on display. To be fair, a few 'vintage' buses were provided fairly lengthy rides along local bus routes. As for SVs, things picked up briefly when Sovereign Recovery GJ58NUF arrived with a bus in tow. This lorry had of course been one of the main attractions (for me at least) of the Potters Bar Garage open day earlier in the year. This photo shows the Volvo parked near Ford Escort van Y562WGC. The latter has been resident here since the mothballing of North Wembley garage a few months earlier. It still bears the 'fleetnumber' of 007, but has had its allocation code updated (by peeling off the N!).
Since writing this I have decided to be less cynical! The open day was an admirable attempt by the management to provide an event for enthusiasts within the constraints of modern health and safety restrictions. Also, the new garage is obviously far more suitable from an operational point of view and will even suit some enthusiasts, who can now see more of the buses from the road.

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