Dilapidated Trucks or Reclaimed Relics?

“A building or object in a state of disrepair or ruin as a result of age or neglect.”

Yes, it’s another photo challenge from Sunday Stills and I didn’t plan on participating this week as I couldn’t find anything dilapidated. That is, until I searched my archives and found these classics from my travels.

The first set of photos is from Tillamook on the Oregon Coast where we stopped for lunch last year at this eatery:

Afterwards we wandered the grounds and came across these delightfully dilapidated vehicles.

The trucks I understand in logging country, but who knows how they acquired a bus from London?

After finding these, I remembered other dilapidated trucks from recent travels, including this one in the old mining town of Liberty,

and this one in the Redwoods of Northern California.

All dilapidated perhaps, but certainly also reclaimed relics.

And that’s all for now.

~ Susanne

30 Comments on “Dilapidated Trucks or Reclaimed Relics?

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  2. Wow, Susanne, your dilapidated trucks look so gorgeous! Definitely a mystery about the London bus! How cool you shared that Blue Heron pic–we drove right by there last week!

    • Thanks, Terri! It took me a while to remember those old vehicles. We’ve been to Tillamook so many times, but always stop at the Tillamook Cheese Factory. The lines were so long there last year, so we moved on to the Blue Heron for the first time and loved it. We’ll definitely stop by again. πŸ™‚

  3. The London bus looks ‘wrong’. It is not a Routemaster, (which all London buses were, until recently) and the number 404 is not in Central London, and definitely not on the route shown. (Sorry to be predantic, but I am a Londoner) Also, the number plate is before 1964, so it would have had to be a Routemaster then. It could have been from Caterham in Surrey, on the southern borders of London. That was where the route 404 operated.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AEC_Routemaster
    It is undoubtedly a British bus, but probably not from Central London.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Thanks, Pete. You do know your buses! Perhaps I should have said ‘ bus from England’ instead of London, and I would have been more technically correct. πŸ˜‰ I still wonder how it got to the Oregon coast!

      • Me too! It could have come from Caterham, as I said. But when I was young that would have been considered to be well-outside London at the time. But because it is red, (and not Green) it would still have been operated by London Transport, albeit at the extreme margins of their remit. But how it got to the PNW is a mystery!
        Best wishes, Pete.,

  4. That big yellow tanker almost looks like a water tender. If it is, I bet it still is in service given widespread fire dangers now for so many areas in so much of the year. I’ve seen some really old pickup trucks (non-runners) used as flower planters, too. Love these photos!

  5. I notice that the bus had a stop at London Bridge. I assume that was before it was relocated to Lake Havasu. Your pictures remind me of Gold Field, NV where collectors and hoarders of every stripe display their treasures. I think I posted one of the images of a couple of subway entrance tunnels that are parked in a vacant lot there. One can’t help but wonder how they found their way to a remote desert town, hundreds of miles from any subway.

    • Gold Field, NV sounds like a fun place to visit! πŸ™‚ As to the bus in my photo, according to beetleypete (see comments above) it is indeed from England but may not have run in London, as displayed on the placard. Even so, it’s a mystery as to how it made its way to the Oregon coast!

  6. That’s very odd about the bus! As Pete has pointed out, I don’t believe the 404 route has ever run in central London or to those sights, but I guess the old route number and route listing signs could date from different periods in its history? I see it has a US license plate as well as a UK one, so it’s clearly had a varied career!

    • Funny how you Londoners you zeroed in on the details and history of that bus. πŸ˜„ I suppose I would have done the same if you pictured an old Seattle bus in England’s countryside. If only it could talk and tells us the story! 😊

      • I think maybe we’re a bit obsessed with our red buses, they’re such an iconic feature of the city! Not so much the new ones perhaps but the old Routemasters and others of that era πŸ™‚

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