Legendary Routemaster Bus | Red London Buses
The AEC Routemaster was specifically designed for London
The traditional Red Routemaster is one of the famous Tourist Icons of London. Yet it has gradually disappeared from the city's streets, this caused it to be one of the most important issues in the recent election for London's Mayor. The bus is famous for its reliability, it kept being called back into service to replace worn-out modern buses. All the same most of them have been retired and are now used for promotions or adventure transport all over the world.
Warning: Routemaster bus fans are probably some of the most obsessive fans that exist anywhere!
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Symbol of London
The Routemaster bus is famous for its reliability and its open doorway which allow people to hop on and off in slow moving traffic where ever they wanted. It gives you a wonderful sense of freedom when you suddenly realised you could swap to a different bus or go by tube, or jump off and buy a newspaper, or just get off because you'd seen a friend or tourist site you'd like to visit. People also liked the bus because they had conductors (ticket sellers) who were often personalities and offered tourist advice.
photo by Dimity B Creative Commons
New Routemaster Bus Unveiled by Boris Johnson
The new Routemaster Bus goes into service on Monday 27th February 2012. If there is a conductor on board then the rear door will always be open. It has a double staircase designed to allow people to get off and on the bus at the same time.
History of the Routemaster
The Routemaster bus was developed during the years of 1947-1956 , the brief being to replace London's trolleybuses, which had themselves replaced trams in London, and also the older diesel RT buses. 2875 were built and all but 115 were ordered by London Transport. In 1998 over 600 Routemasters were operating in London. Most surviving Routemasters are 72 seat 30 foot long RML class models, these can be identified by an extra shorter window halfway along both upper and lower decks.
Routemasters operated outside London on the Greenline service had enclosed rear platforms, as an open platform would not of been safe at the higher speeds obtainable on traffic-free roads.
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London Bus in Australia - RTL 547 in Sidney (Not a Routemaster, note the radiator)
Routemaster in the Falklands
The Disliked Bendy Bus
Boris Johnson has vowed that his first act as Mayor of London will be to scrap bendy buses and replace them with a modern-day Routemaster.
Mr Johnson said that the controversial buses were abused by fare dodgers and highly dangerous to cyclists.
How to Recognise a Routemaster - Distinguishing a Routemaster from an RT
Many people think all old Red Buses are Routemasters but in fact there were many more RTs produced. The front radiator is the easiest way to tell them apart. The Routemaster has a wide split radiator grill and the Identification of type RM1111 (Route Master 1111).
The RT's have a tall narrow split radiator grill and are numbered RT1111.
The RT, which served from 1939 to 1979, and of which 4,825 were built, the most numerous class of London bus (just 2,760 Routemasters were built for London). The RT had a 7Â½ft wide chassis, the Routemaster's was 8ft. There were a number of places in London right up to 1979 that could only be served by RTs because the Routemaster was too wide.
RT's are rather gaunt and stern looking in comparison with the more rounded Routemaster.
RT Bus - (photo Wikipedia Commons by Elsie)
The AEC Regent III RT was a double-decker bus produced jointly between AEC and London Transport. It was the standard red London bus during the 1950s. It was narrower than the Routemaster and was thus be used on certain routes where the Routemaster was too wide
Routemaster Heritage Route 9 and 15
Yes you can still travel on a Routemaster in London
From 2005 there are two Routemaster Heritage Routes 9 and 15
Route 9 : Buses run between Royal Albert Hall via Trafalgar Square to Aldwych
Route 15 : Trafalgar Square to Tower Hill
Even if you are not mad about buses this is the best way to visit London (try to get the front seats on the top deck)
Check London Transport for details
Jeremy Clarkson Blows up a Routemaster Bus
Jeremy presents a successful Motoring Programme on British TV called Top Gear. He hates buses that get in the way of his luxury sports car and decided to blow one up for his DVD. Unfortunately he chose to destroy one of the only 500 remaining Routemasters in the country. Andrew Morgan, chairman of the Routemaster Association, said: "It's just sacrilege and a very sad thing to do.
Routemasters on Film and on Television - Reference http://www.busesonscreen.net/
See the Link above in the Routemaster Web Links for screen shots of over a 100 films.
- 28 Days Later (2002, Christopher Eccleston)
- 102 Dalmatians (2000, Glenn Close) with a Dalmatian Colored Routemaster!
- Summer Holiday (1963, Cliff Richard)
Does not feature Routemasters but instead Three RTs, RT2305 (KGU334), RT2366 (KGU395) and RT4326 (NLE990) RT1881 with a fake registration number (WLB991)
- Live and Let Die 1973 James bond with Roger Moore
AEC Regent III RT type double-decker. This has the famous scene where the top deck is removed when Roger Moore drives under a low bridge. Roger Moore took bus driving lessons for the film.
How to Visit London - Advice for Tourists
Travelcards for buses and tube
The London Travelcard and London Visitor Travelcard are the travel passes for short term visitors to London. The Travelcard is easy to purchase and as well as saving money also saves a lot of time obtaining tickets individually.
You can buy one, three, seven day travel cards. You can save even more money by buying the off-peak version.
Apart from saving you money the travel cards also you a lot of hassle, as you change from bus to tube to bus again freely without having to queue for tickets.
Tip: take a ride on the overground Docklands Light Railway which gives you magnificent views of London (use your travelcard)
Modern Routemaster Design Proposal for 2011 - One of two winning designs
Computer Graphic of New Routemaster Bus May 2010 - Boris Johnson unveils London Routemaster bus design
Routemaster Bus at Ascot Station close to Ascot Racecourse
Creative Commons by Chris J. Dixon
This was not taken during Royal Ascot when the square would be crowded with elegant racegoers. The pub just seen to the right is the the first and last halt of those determined to have a great day out.
Routemaster in London Transport Museum Covent Garden - London Transport Museum Covent Garden a Mecca for Transport fans
The splendid Routemaster, an icon of this great city sadly no longer in regular use- although some still survive as tourist buses. At the London Transport Museum
Photo by Basher Eyre under Creative Commons
Buses in the News : Atheist Bus in London
Didn't know buses could be religious!
A Row Of Wonderful Routemaster Buses
Photo by Elsie Esq.
Routemaster and RT Bus Photo GalleryClick thumbnail to view full-size
Walkers Crisp Routemaster Advert with Gary Lineker - Gary Lineker maybe doesn't know that he is not the star in the Advert
The advert which is a parody of the Cliff Richard film 'Summer Holiday' shows Gary Lineker eating a bag of crisps and singing along to the song 'Summer Holiday'
How to Tell a Routemaster Bus from an RT Bus
Photo and description to distinguish a Routemaster Bus from an RT Bus
The Routemaster has a wider radiator and a more streamlined cowling. The older RT has a tall radiator and a gaunter more austere look. The Routemaster has twin headlights set into the cowling, the RT has single headlights on stalks.
See the comparison image below
Modern Bus Photo Gallery
Sinclair C5 Electric Vehicle in a Carpark in Basingstoke
What's this got to do with Routemaster's you might well ask!
None really , but one of the reasons the C5 was a failure was that it could not be seen by trucks and buses
London Transport Museum at Covent Garden - Very Handy for Tourists with Uninterested Wives - Lots to see/shop near by!!Click thumbnail to view full-size
Routemaster Buses in the News
- 11 Nov 2009 Strongman Pulls Routemaster Bus with His Hair
Manjit Singh, a 59-year-old from Leicester, attached a clamp to his thick ponytail and bore the pain of pulling a seven ton vintage routemaster 21.2 metres through Battersea Park to set a new world record .
Routemaster procession at Showbus 2006, Duxford
Routemaster and RT Bus Side by Side for Comparison
Yep that's a Routemaster on the Right!
Routemaster Bus at Leicester Forest East Service Station - Welcome Break Service Station
JJD 498D - 1966 AEC Routemaster - decorated in Children In Need Livery, was previously black.
formerly RML2498. First RML2498 AEC Routemaster Double Deck Bus JJD498D, built in June 1966 for London Transport, in service until at least 2002.
M&M's Routemaster Bus RM2561. This has been gutted to make an entrance into M&M World
Text with BIG Picture - Routemaster RM2050 ALM 50B The Aldwych March 2012
A working Routemaster on a beautiful Spring Day
Routemaster and Bus Websites
- Routemaster Association
Main Routemaster Website
- Routemaster Photos Website
Routemaster UK photo collections within this site cover Routemasters & other Heritage vehicles across the UK.
- London Transport Museum
London Transport Museum Covent Garden Buses & Tube trains a must visit
- Oxford Bus Museum
The Official Oxford Bus Museum Website, I'm a member here, try to arrive by rail Oxford to Worcester Line
- Buses on Screen
This is a celebration of buses as they've been depicted on screen over the years, on film and on TV
- The AEC Regal
AEC Regal, a marque which flourished in various forms for about 30 years starting in 1929
- Routemasters - Last Stop!
Photographers Jet and Ralf Obergfell created LastStop! - a visual journey of the Routemasters final months. Through a mixture of still life, portrait and documentary photography, jet and ralf obergfell offer fresh perspectives on the vehicles iconic
- Routemasters Appaeraing in Films or Onscreen
Brilliant collection of screen shots of the Routemaster appearing in Movies,Films and in Television Series(over a hundred!)
Routemaster Bus RML 2430 JJD 430D passing through Abingdon on a Rainy Day
Red Routemaster Bus in a barn
Old Buses at Kingston Bagpuize including a Routemaster
Routemaster ,RMA 13, NMY 656E acting as Hotel Reception The Crazy Bear Stadhampton
Fabulous restaurant(s - one Thai brasserie, one British bar) in insanely luxurious boutique hotel (branches also in London & Beaconsfield). Also has farm shop attached. The interior has been done out very luxuriously (the seats have been removed)
Routemaster Bus on Edinburgh Royal Mile - RM281 VLT281
There is small fleet of Routemasters doing a guided tour of Edinburgh. Doing a guided bus tour is a great way to learn about a town.
This bus was formerly a London Transport AEC Routemaster RM281 VLT281 on route 253 in Hackney.
ERM 163 Routemaster Cab, Waverley Station Edinburgh
The Gay Bus - Some People are Gay Get Over It!
The sides of Buses are ever popular to advertisers as it it allows access busy city workers, increasingly they are used to get campaign messages such as this across. The secret of this type of advertising is that the bus implies solidity and reliability it is a powerful medium.