The 123 (Manor House to Ilford) was the first Routemaster operated route in the area. It replaced the 623 trolleybus on 27th April 1960. The overhead wiring remained here for another year until the last routes were replaced by buses 127, 259, 276 & 279. Some still familiar today.
I was taken for a ride on the first day by my mum and my 'first RM' was RM136 (VLT136) working WW36. Watching virtually the whole of the area's bus system being transformed over an 18 month period, as well as the dismantling of all the trolleybus equipment, was quite something for a kid to watch and was no doubt the spark that got me interested in Public Transport.
Seven Sisters Road in the background, was still very green and quite narrow. The widening was completed in 1969. Turning buses across the flow of traffic was temporarily allowed in 1936, when the trolleybuses were introduced and continued for decades. I'm not sure if it's still allowed or not.