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This page created on 11th November 1998, updated 27th February 2015

The Forward Entrance Routemasters

Bus Histories

These histories are not complete. They have been put together from a variety of sources (some of which disagree or are rather vague). So there may be errors too. Any corrections or contributions welcome.

RMF1254  254 CLT 10/62  new: Commercial Motor Show, 69 seats
                 10/62  loan to Liverpool Corporation, 4 weeks
                 11/62  stored at Aldenham
                  3/63  loan to East Kent, 2 weeks at Canterbury on 4 to Whitstable
                        2 weeks at Thanet (Westwood) on 49,50,52
                  4/63  Aldenham: used for trials for front facelifts.
                        fitted with deeper valances, half-depth heater grille
                  8/63  hand-luggage space replaces 5 seats.
                  1/64  fitted with tow-gear, testing with BEA trailer, Chiswick
                  6/64  Heathrow, BEA trailer training, (Hammersmith)
                  8/64  BEA, Heathrow-London service, (Hammersmith)   
                  8/64  loan to Halifax, 2 weeks
                  9/64  BEA, Heathrow-London service, (Hammersmith)
                  7/66  BEA, Heathrow-London service, (Chiswick tram Depot)
                 10/66  delicensed, stored (Hounslow)
                 11/66  Chiswick
   2145          11/66  sold to Northern General
                  1968  Northern General, Wrekenton
                 c1972  NBC poppy red
   3129           1/75  renumbered
                  1975  overhaul: some windows changed to sliding vents.
                 10/77  operating from Bensham
                  2/78  operating from Bensham
                 10/80  withdrawn
                        preserved
                        bought by Imperial Buses (Rainham)
                  7/04  at RM50, Finsbury Park
                 10/05  used on last crew-day on 38 (operated on loan by Blue Triangle)
                  4/14  Imperial ceased operations
                  4/14  retained by owner, Wisbech

Northern General: examples. 2085 RCN 685 3/64 new 4/72 front end smashed in accident rebuilt with stairs and cab moved back: Wearsider 8/72 back in service, (Sunderland) opo (Jarrow) 11/72 crew operation (Washington) repaint to NBC poppy red 3069 1/75 renumbered 8/76 in service 7/78 withdrawn 10/78 sold to Martin (Middlewich) 10/78 sold to Goodwin (Carlton): scrapped
2086 RCN 686 3/64 new 3070 1/75 renumbered 1977 withdrawn 12/77 sold to Martin (Middlewich) 12/77 sold to Goodwin (Carlton) 3/78 sold to Brakell (Cheam) 5/80 sold for preservation, Beckenham 1/82 scrapped
2087 RCN 687 3/64 new 3071 1/75 renumbered 1979 withdrawn RMF2768 12/79 bought by London Transport from NG stored in Royal Albert Docks 1/80 at Aldenham for assessment 10/81 sold to Wombwell Diesels: scrapped
2088 RCN 688 3/64 new 3072 1/75 renumbered 1977 withdrawn 12/77 sold to Martin (Middlewich) 12/77 sold to Goodwin (Carlton): scrapped
2089 RCN 689 3/64 new 3073 1/75 renumbered 1977 withdrawn 12/77 sold to Martin (Middlewich) 12/77 sold to Brakell (Cheam) 3/78 sold to Ashton (Epsom): hospitality bus 8/84 bought by Page Motors (Poole) as promo vehicle 1996 still with Page Motors by 7/11 Fish & Chip shop, Falkenberg
2090 RCN 690 3/64 new 3074 1/75 renumbered 1/78 sold to London Transport 1/78 broken for LT spares (Wombwell Diesels)
2091 RCN 691 3/64 new 8/65 in service, crimson 3075 1/75 renumbered 1980 withdrawn 10/80 sold to Booth (Rotherham): scrapped
2092 RCN 692 3/64 new 3076 1/75 renumbered 1977 withdrawn 12/77 sold to Martin (Middlewich) 2/78 sold to Brakell (Cheam) 7/78 sold to Ashton Hospitality Buses (Epsom): hospitality bus 12/81 Heaver Models Museum, Maidstone 6/84 sold to Rollinson (Carlton): scrapped
2093 RCN 693 3/64 new 3077 1/75 renumbered 1977 withdrawn 6/77 scrapped by NGT
2094 RCN 694 3/64 new 3078 1/75 renumbered 1980 withdrawn 10/80 sold to Booth (Rotherham): scrapped
2095 RCN 695 3/64 new 3079 1/75 renumbered 7/76 in service, Sunderland: red, white band $ 1/81 withdrawn 2/81 sold for preservation (Welling) 6/81 at Southsea Rally: red, white band $ seen in Bromley: red, white band 6/82 at New Cross, just repainted red, white band $ 7/82 at Reigate Garage Open Day $ 6/84 at Nottingham AEC Rally: red, white band $ 4/86 visited Cobham Museum Open Day: red, white band $ repainted red/cream 6/86 at North Weald Rally $ 9/86 bought by Stagecoach (Perth) 9/86 at AEC Southall $ 10/86 at Spittalfield: red/cream $ 1/87 in service, Magicbus, Glasgow: red/cream $ 4/87 Port Dundas, Scotland: red/cream $ */87 staff bus, Glasgow: destroyed by fire 6/87 scrapped by Stagecoach (Glasgow)
2096 RCN 696 3/64 new 3080 1/75 renumbered 1979 withdrawn RMF2769 12/79 bought by London Transport from NG. stored in Royal Albert Docks, unused 1/80 Aldenham for assessment 3/80 Chiswick for further assessment: not used 10/81 sold to Wombwell Diesels: scrapped
2097 RCN 697 3/64 new 3081 1/75 renumbered 1980 withdrawn RMF2772 9/80 bought by London Transport from NG for assessment stored in Royal Albert Docks, unused 7/81 sold to Ashton (Epsom), hospitality bus promo vehicle for Coca-Cola
2098 RCN 698 3/64 new: at Aldenham for tilting 3082 1/75 renumbered 1977 withdrawn 12/77 sold to Martin (Middlewich) 12/77 sold to Goodwin (Carlton) 3/79 sold for preservation, Nottingham 7/79 sold to Goodwin (Carlton): scrapped
2099 RCN 699 3/64 new 3083 1/75 renumbered 1980 withdrawn 11/80 sold to Wombwell Diesels 52 1/81 bought, operated by Stevensons (Spath) 5/86 bought, operated by Stagecoach (Perth) 10/86 transferred to Magicbus in Glasgow, Stagecoach livery 617 EDS 508B reregistered 12/91 preserved, psv, Go-Ahead Northern Bus Enthusiast Assoc. 1992 repainted in red/cream livery 9/94 operated 40R to Victoria Docks for RM40 celebrations PCN 762 fitted with AEC engine, reregistered 9/98 active preservation: Sunderland rally, red/cream 5/10 Gateshead Metrocentre rally 8/11 active preservation: Seaburn rally, red/cream
2100 RCN 700 3/64 new 3084 1/75 renumbered 10/77 operating from Bensham 1980 withdrawn 10/80 sold to Hartwood Exports: scrapped
2101 RCN 701 4/64 new 3085 1/75 renumbered 10/77 operating from Bensham 1980 withdrawn RMF2771 8/80 bought by London Transport from NG for assessment. stored in Royal Albert Docks, unused 7/81 bought from LT by Timothy Ashton Hospitality Buses, Epsom 9/92 bought by North Mymms Coaches 11/93 bought by TimeTravel, Thornton Heath 1/94 reconverted to bus 1996 psv, TimeTravel International Coachlines 1/99 used on 709, Waltham Cross 65346 7/05 bought by Universal Limos, Rohais, Guernsey EYY 776B 6/06 reregistered RCN 701 3/08 bought by Mr A.Penn, Bagshot, reregistered 5/08 bought by Mr H.Dorn, for conversion to mobile home painted as Guernsey's Barbados Party Bus 4/09 at Manchester Museum of Transport Open Day 7/12 bought for preservation, Hart & Treadwell, Letchworth: "Japan or Bust" */14 re-engined with AEC AV760 EYY 776B 7/14 at RM60, Finsbury Park 4/15 visited Brooklands for L.B.Museum Bus Gathering
2102 RCN 702 4/64 new 3086 1/75 renumbered 10/77 operating from Bensham 1980 withdrawn 10/80 sold to Booth (Rotherham): scrapped
2103 DUP249B 10/64 new, Commercial Motor Show, second batch 3087 1/75 renumbered 9/77 withdrawn, scrapped by NGT
2104 EUP404B 12/64 new 3088 1/75 renumbered 1977 withdrawn from service 12/77 sold to Martins (Middlewich) 12/77 sold to LBPG (Cobham) 5/78 sold to Brakell (Cheam) RMF2767 12/79 bought by London Transport for assessment stored in Royal Albert Docks 1981 sold
2105 EUP405B 12/64 new 3089 1/75 renumbered 1980 withdrawn 12/80 sold for preservation, Newcastle 8/96 at Harrogate HCVS run 2105 9/98 active preservation, Sunderland rally, crimson 5/10 Gateshead Metrocentre rally 4/14 Kirkby Stephen Rally
2106 EUP406B 12/64 new 3090 1/75 renumbered 1977 withdrawn 12/77 sold to Martin (Middlewich) 12/77 LBPG (Cobham) 5/78 Brakell (Cheam) converted to OPEN TOP, fitted with RT blind boxes RMT2793 11/81 bought by Obsolete Fleet used on Back Street London Tour RMF2793 hired to LT for Sightseeing Tours 10/83 sold to Omnibus Promotions (London) 1984 bought for preservation, Sutton 7/86 hired to LT (Commercial Operations Unit), sightseeing 7/87 bought by LT (part-exchange for RM2050) refurbished, fitted with RMC blinds, repainted (Carlyle) 8/87 into LT service on sightseeing c1990 withdrawn, sold to Brakell (Cheam) 1/91 sold to Lamming (Coulsdon) scrapped
2107 EUP407B 12/64 new 3091 1/75 renumbered 1977 withdrawn 12/77 bought by Martin (Middlewich) 12/77 bought by Brakell (Cheam) RMF2762 1979 hired to LT for Round-London Sightseeing Tour 5/79 on hire to LT RMF2792 renumbered to avoid clash with LT purchases 2/80 offered to LT but declined repainted green with yellow band 1984 GLC 7/86 bought by Copeland (London) scrapped
2108 FPT578C 1/65 new 3092 1/75 renumbered 7/78 withdrawn 2/82 sold to APT (Lincoln) 1/83 sold to PVS (Carlton): scrapped
2109 FPT579C 1/65 new 3093 1/75 renumbered 10/76 withdrawn after accident (first):scrapped
2110 FPT580C 1/65 new 3094 1/75 renumbered 1977 withdrawn 12/77 sold to Martin (Middlewich) 2/78 sold to Brakell (Cheam) 3/78 sold to Ashton Hospitality Buses, Epsom scrapped
2111 FPT 581C 1/65 new 3095 1/75 renumbered 10/80 withdrawn 10/80 sold to Booth (Rotherham) 12/80 sold to Brakell (Cheam) 1981 sold for preservation (Ruislip) 1981 sold to Brakell (Cheam) 1984 sold to New Cross Playbus Assoc 1996 playbus (for sale), New Cross Playbus Assoc 4/11 with Bertie Bus Co, Gloucester: London red sold to Recyclepsv.co.uk 2/12 bought by The London Bus Company restored as Party Bus, including seating and bar: gunmetal grey: H21/9F 1/15 MOT'd, Bertie $ 10/15 available for Private Hire, Bertie $
2112 FPT 582C 1/65 new 3096 1/75 renumbered 1977 withdrawn from service 12/77 sold to Martin (Middlewich) 2/78 sold to Brakell (dealer) RMF2761 12/79 bought by London Transport for assessment stored in Royal Albert Docks, not used 9/81 sold to Wombwell Diesels: scrapped
2113 FPT 583C 1/65 new 3095 1/75 renumbered 2/78 withdrawn from service 6/78 sold to Ensign (Grays) 7/78 sold to Jones (Carlton) 8/78 sold to Wigley (Carlton): scrapped
2114 FPT 584C 1/65 new 3098 1/75 renumbered 3/78 withdrawn from service 7/78 sold to Ensign (Grays) 8/78 sold to Brakell (dealer) RMF2762 12/79 bought by London Transport for assessment stored in Royal Albert Docks, not used 10/81 sold to Wombwell Diesels: scrapped
2115 FPT 585C 1/65 new 3099 1/75 renumbered 3/78 withdrawn from service 7/78 sold to Ensign (Grays) 9/78 sold to Brakell (dealer) RMF2763 12/79 bought by London Transport for assessment stored in Royal Albert Docks, not used 10/81 sold to Wombwell Diesels: scrapped
2116 FPT 586C 1/65 new 3100 1/75 renumbered 10/80 sold to Booth (Rotherham): scrapped
2117 FPT 587C 2/65 new 7/73 crimson livery, grey wheels 3101 1/75 renumbered 1/78 sold to London Transport broken for spares (Wombwell)
2118 FPT 588C 2/65 new 3102 1/75 renumbered 1978 withdrawn from service 7/78 sold to Ensign (Grays) 9/78 sold to Brakell (dealer) RMF2794 1978 on hire to LT for Sightseeing Tour (open bullseye) 11/81 bought by Obsolete Fleet (AH) 10/83 bought by Omnibus Promotions Ltd, London 1/85 bought by Tower Hamlets Christian Fellowship 1/87 bought, operated by Blue Triangle RMO2118 converted to open-top 7/87 used by Blue Triangle on London Sightseeing RMF588 4/92 bought, operated by Big Bus Co, maroon/cream 8/94 Big Bus Co 1995 bought by Ensign: London Pride 3/07 bought by Nazzareno Abela for sightseeing on Malta */10 Cancu Bus Service, Malta
2119 FPT 589C 1/65 new 3103 1/75 renumbered 12/77 bought by Martin (Middlewich) 12/77 bought by Brakell (Cheam) RMF2761 1979 hired to LT for Round-London Sightseeing Tour 5/79 on hire to LT RMF2791 renumbered to avoid clash with LT purchases 2/80 offered to LT but declined 12/83 exported to Madrid, Spain (promo vehicle)
2120 FPT 590C 1/65 new 3104 1/75 renumbered 12/80 withdrawn 12/80 sold to Booth (Rotherham) 12/80 sold to Brakell (Cheam) 8/86 sold to Stagecoah (Perth) 619 12/86 transferred to Magicbus (Glasgow) 5/88 Magicbus, Glasgow: Stagecoach white/stripes 2120 9/92 preserved, Sidcup 1997 active preservation: Showbus 97 1998 active preservation: North Weald 98 11/13 bought by Stephensons of Essex 12/13 in Long Sutton, Lincolnshire sold to Ensign Bus (Purfleet) 6/15 bought for restoration: B.Nash, Enfield
2121 FPT 591C 1/65 new 3105 1/75 renumbered 10/77 operating from Bensham 12/80 withdrawn (last one) 1/81 bought for preservation sold to Brakell, (Cheam) 1983 exported to Finland (hotel vehicle, Espoo)
2122 FPT 592C 1/65 new 3106 1/75 renumbered 10/77 operating from Bensham 1980 withdrawn 1/81 sold for preservation, Dagenham 7/91 bought for preservation, Upper Norwood 2/95 bought by Big Bus Co, 9/95 painted in maroon/cream 11/95 in service with Big Bus Co in London 4/97 reported sold 7/00 seen in Big Bus livery
2123 FPT 593C 1/65 new 3107 1/75 renumbered 10/77 operating from Bensham 1980 withdrawn 5/81 sold for preservation spares, Dagenham 10/81 sold to Wombwell Diesels: scrapped
2124 FPT 594C 2/65 new 3108 1/75 renumbered 10/77 operating from Bensham: persistent power steering problem 12/80 withdrawn 2/82 sold to APT, Lincoln 1/83 sold to PVS (Carlton): scrapped
2125 FPT 595C 2/65 new 3109 1/75 renumbered 11/77 sold to Beck (Burnopfield): scrapped
2126 FPT 596C 2/65 new 3110 1/75 renumbered 6/78 sold to Ensign (Grays) 7/78 sold to Jones (Carlton): scrapped
2127 FPT 597C 2/65 new 3111 1/75 renumbered 6/78 sold to Ensign (Grays) 7/78 sold to Jones (Carlton): scrapped
2128 FPT 598C 2/65 new 3112 1/75 renumbered 1980 withdrawn 3/81 bought for preservation, Redhill 4/82 bought for preservation, Carshalton 3/87 bought by Magicbus, Glasgow 1/89 sold to Dunsmore (Larkhall): scrapped
2129 FPT 599C 3/65 new 7/73 crimson livery, grey wheels 3113 1/75 renumbered 9/77 scrapped by NGT
2130 FPT 600C 4/65 new 3114 1/75 renumbered 1979 withdrawn 7/79 bought by Ensign Bus Co, Essex RMF2770 1/80 bought by London Transport for assessment stored in Royal Albert Docks, not used 9/81 sold to Wombwell Diesels: scrapped
2131 FPT 601C 6/65 new 3115 1/75 renumbered withdrawn from service 6/78 sold to Ensign (Grays) RMF2765 6/78 sold to Brakell (dealer) hired to LT for sightseeing tours RMF2764 12/79 bought by London Transport for assessment stored in Royal Albert Docks, not used 9/81 sold to Wombwell Diesels: scrapped
2132 FPT 602C 3/65 new 3116 1/75 renumbered 1978 withdrawn from service 6/78 sold to Ensign (Grays) 7/78 sold to Brakell (dealer) RMF2765 12/79 bought by London Transport for assessment stored in Royal Albert Docks, unused 10/81 sold to Wombwell Diesels: scrapped
2133 FPT 603C 3/65 new 3117 1/75 renumbered 1978 withdrawn from service 6/78 sold to Ensign (Grays) 7/78 sold to Brakell (dealer) 9/78 bought for preservation, Slough 3/82 sold to Booth (Rotherham) 5/82 bought for preservation, Burgh Heath 5/83 sold to Ashton Hospitality Buses (Epsom) 1990 bought for preservation, Chesterfield 1991 rebuilt in preservation, with LT blinds, General livery RMF2809 9/92 operated service H23 from Hounslow to Heathrow 10/92 operated for Sheffield Omnibus (temporary) 1/95 bought by Pegg, Rotherham,for service in Sheffield: not operated 5/95 operating for Townbus of Poulton (Blackpool) 1/96 bought by Big Bus Co for London Sightseeing 12/98 in service with Big Bus Co. acquired by Wealden PSV 4/11 private hire, Wealden PSV
2134 FPT 604C 3/65 new 3118 1/75 renumbered 1978 withdrawn from service 6/78 sold to Ensign (Grays) RMF2766 7/78 sold to Brakell (dealer) hired to LT for use on LT Sightseeing Tours RMF2766 8/80 bought by London Transport for assessment stored in Royal Albert Docks unused 10/81 sold to Wombwell Diesels: scrapped

Photographic References

A key to the references can be found in the Bibliography

RMF1254  254 CLT RM_1 p86         interiors: lower  & upper (fwd, back)	
                 RM_1 p85         rear o/s
                 BM3RM p32  10/62 Commercial Motor Show, showing 104 to Moorgate
                 LBM39 p16  10/62 Commercial Motor Show, showing 104 to Moorgate
                 RM_1 p84   10/62 Comm Motor Show, doorway detail	
                 RM_1 p87   10/62 Liverpool, on loan
                 H62 p143    1962 Liverpool: two views on route 27
                 BM3RM p38  11/62 in service with Liverpool Corporation
                 BPRM  p46  11/62 Liverpool
                 RM_1 p87    3/63 Canterbury, East Kent, on loan
                 LB&TA p38   3/63 Canterbury, with East Kent
                 LB&TA p39        Heathrow, trailer trials
                 BPRM  p50   1964 testing with BEA trailer, Chiswick
                 BM3RM p40   1964 Heathrow, BEA
                 BM3RM p38   8/64 in service with Halifax	
                 RM_1 p87    8/64 Halifax, on loan
                 HeyRM p09  10/64 BEA, Heathrow, rear view, trailer
                 HeyLB3 p39  1964 BEA, Heathrow, trailer
                 RLB p11          BEA in garage, n/s view
                 LTBG p35         BEA, at Hammersmith garage
                 RM_1 p84         BEA, Heathrow
   2145          RMH p04     8/67 Northern General
                 LBM39 p20   1967 at Bensham Depot
                 RM_1 p125   1968 Northern General, Wrekenton
                 CB6 p09          Northern General, Tyne Bridge
                 LBM39 p21  10/69 at Carhol Square, Newcastle
   3129          RM_2 p65    1975 Northern General, poppy red (2 views)
                 LBM39 p25        on 654 to Worswick Street, Wickham
 RMF1254         TLB495 p00 10/05 on 38 to Victoria Station
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ex-NGT in London:
RMF2793 EUP 406B BM3RM p48        on Back Street London Tour, Obsolete Fleet, OPEN TOP	
RMF2762*EUP 407B BPRM p81    5/79 Sightseeing Tour, Victoria, ex Northern, later renumbered RMF 2792	
RMF2794 FPT 588C RM_2 p116   1978 AH, Sightseeing Tour, Obsolete Fleet, #3102
RMF2794 FPT 588C BM3RM p47        on London SightseeingTour, Obsolete Fleet
RMF588  FPT 588C RMH p28          Big Bus Co, opentop, maroon/cream
RMF2761 FPT 589C LBM26 p4    1978 Obsolete Fleet, on RLST (2 views)
RMF592  FPT 592C RMH p29          Big Bus Co, maroon/cream
RMF2809 FPT 603C RMH p79     9/92 on H23, Heathrow Cargo Area-Hounslow, preserved #2133
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Northern General:
2085       RCN 685  LBM39 p17   3/64 new, in Bensham Works
                    BM3RM p44   1965 publicity photograph (2 views)
                    RM_2 p63    1972 Wearsider, red/cream livery (3 views)
                    BM3RMp46/7       Wearsider, red/cream (2 views)
     3069  RCN685   LBM39 p23        Wearsider, on 185 at Washington Depot
     3069  RCN 685  HeyRM p32   8/76 Wearsider, NBC red/white, in NG service.
     3069  RCN 685  BPRM p78    4/77 Wearsider, Chester=le Street

2086       RCN 686  LBM39 p17   3/64 new, in Bensham Works

2089       RCN 689  LBM39 p22        on 17 to Hylton Castle, red, cream band

2091       RCN 691  HeyRM p10   8/65 in Northern General service

2097       RCN 697  LBM39 p19   1967 on 112 to Durham, Consett

2098       RCN 698  RM_1 p122   3/64 new: at Aldenham for titing
                    RM_1 p123        in service, Bishop Auckland

2099       RCN 699  BM3RM p49        Stevensons, yellow/black/white
                    BPRM p53    9/88 Magicbus, Stagecoach livery, Glasgow.
           EDS 508B RMH p79     9/94 on 40R to Victoria Docks, preserved, Northern 2099

2102       RCN 702  CB32 p38         crimson, Carliol Sq, Newcastle

2103       DUP 249B RM_1 p124        in service
                    LBM39 p18   1965 on 55 to Middlesbrough, Stockton, red, cream band

     3089  EUP 405B LBM39 p26  12/80 being collected from Chester-le-Street for preservation
2105       EUP 405B Bus712 p50  4/14 at Kirby Stehen Rally, Brough

2111       FPT 581C BPRM p79         NBC red, Worswick St, Newcastle

2115       FPT 585C BM3RM p46        red and cream, Durham

2117       FPT 587C BPRM p25    7/73 crimson, grey wheels

           FPT 588C LBM136 p46  8/94 Big Bus Co, o/t, maroon/cream

2119       FPT 589C LBM39 p22   1969 on 42 to Crook, red/cream
           FPT 589C RM_2 p62   c1972 grey wheels, old livery, West Hartlepool

     3105  FPT 591C Bm3RM p48   8/80 NBC red, Worswick St, Newcastle
     3106  FPT 592C RM_2 p64         NBC red, Worswick St, Newcastle

2123       FPT 593C BM3RM p45   1/67 in service, Tyne Bridge.
                    LBM39 p19        on 16 to Newcastle, Central Stn

     3109  FPT 595C LBM39 p24        yellow/white, on 191 to Washington

2127       FPT 597C RM_1 p124        in service, Chester-le-Street

2128       FPT 598C CB32 p38         in red and cream, Carliol Sq, Newcastle
     3112  FPT 598C LBM39 p24        on 720, Chester-le-Street, red, cream band

2132       FPT 602C LBM39 p23  12/71 on 134 to Consett, Durham, red, cream band

2133       FPT 603C BPRM p78         in red and cream


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