People got the chance to board some iconic buses from yesteryear in east London during a special heritage day.

The London Bus Museum organised the day on routes 174 and 175, that go between Dagenham and Romford, on Saturday (March 25) with residents able to board the buses for free all day.

About 33 heritage buses from the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s took to the streets.

While the museum is based in Brooklands in Surrey, it takes some of its buses out on several days a year to run them on routes that have a historic connection.

Organiser Peter Osborn, 69, shared the story behind Romford’s historic link with the 175 bus.

He said: “175 used to run to Ford Dagenham and had been operating almost since the factory opened to bring people in from Romford. It is an important route in the area that goes back to the early 1930s.

“The wartime bus that we ran spent its entire life working from the garage in Bethlehem Park in East Ham and ran on that route many times between 1946 and 1951 when it stopped."

Peter said people enjoy riding the heritage buses and added: “What’s fascinating is that the cultural mix in London means you get all sorts of people and all of them universally are blown away by having a chance to ride on an old bus. It is a very rewarding thing to do."

Some of those who got the chance to travel on one of the vintage buses took to social media to share their delight.

One Twitter user, @BusBusbunkster, wrote they had "a great day" riding a childhood bus and meeting friends.

The museum's next two heritage days will be taking place in London during June and September.