Garage open days appeal to enthusiasts and help operators engage with the wider public, but also involve a great deal of careful planning and organisation. PETER BROWN has met up with the team at Metroline who deliver two a year in London…and learns why these are best held on a Saturday

Last year’s open day at Willesden garage, with privately preserved Routemaster RM254 directly beyond the sales stalls.

Open days at bus garages are and have been for many years a regular feature in the calendar of operators. Apart from being a magnet for enthusiasts, and an opportunity for families to see behind the scenes, they are looked upon within the industry in different ways, but generally seen as being a good way to boost the profile of public transport and promote themselves with offers such as discounted ticket schemes.


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