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RM737 has an early-style radiator bullseye badge, and a restored offside destination blind aperture.
RM597, "Alfred" has been repainted with a brown roof and cantrail band.
RM1224, ex Stagecoach Scotland, bears a reminder of that on the front.
RM1138, for years in the London Transport reserve fleet at Hatfield, is now resplendent in preservation.
RM1368, the ex-Chiswick test bus, has been a single-decker since losing its top in a fire in LT days.
RM3, is the Leyland-engined prototype, with a unique Weymann body.
RM999 spent five years as Reading Mainline No15, and has continued with Reading Heritage Travel.
It was working on the Brooklands-Cobham shuttle.
RM848was Reading Mainline No40, after service in Blackpool. It has been bought back by Transport for London, and has been refurbished by Marshalls in Cambridge. It is fitted with a new Cummins engine and Allison gearbox. The body now has new lighting (inside and out), new high visiblity grabrails, refurbished seating and revised hopper ventilators. It has been allocated to London United (and carries its number on the bonnet)
RMC1485 started life as a GreenLine coach. London Country sold it back to London Buses in February 1980, and after a period as a trainer it became an upmarket bus for Stagecoach East London, who still operate it. It now wears London red with cream band, with Stagecoach logos on the sides.
At least four of the Golden Jubilee RMLs were there. The harsh sun-light emphasised the difference between the pale gold vintyl covering and the more honey-coloured paintwork on the details. Perhaps they will look better when they gain adverts! Certainly the London United fleetnames on RML2414 look better than the unadorned panels. RML2414 (London United), RML2431 (Metroline) and RML2450 (Stagecoach London) were all working on the shuttles, while RML2620 (Metroline) was parked at Brooklands.
While London was persevering with the Routemaster the rest of the country was looking to the Leyland Atlantean and Daimler Fleetline. London had trial batches of both. XF3 was a Country Area Daimler Fleetline. These buses had a lockable gate so that the upper deck could be locked out of use in off-peak times to allow one-person operation. (In those sensible days it was illegal to operate double deckers without two crew). XF3 was also experimentally fitted with a Cummins V6 engine for a while. After refit with the standard Gardner engine it had the last Certificate of Fitness to expire in the class, and so was the last in service in December 1981. Twenty years on XF3 looks good in preservation.
RME1 is an advert for the modular construction used on the Routemaster. Originally in 1966 a short front-entrance vehicle operated for BEA by London Transport, it was bought by LT in 1979 for use as a trainer (RMA29). Its staircase was removed. It went to Strathclyde Scottish for spares in 1988, then did the round of dealers and scrapyards without succumbing. In 1992 it was acquired by Shaftesbury & District and a long-term rebuild was started. It emerged in 2000 with a complete extra bay, and with a staircase amidships.
Ian's Bus Stop