The London Bus Page In Exile

Saturday 13 January 2007

RM on the 22!

Filed under: Routemaster, Special Events, Vehicles — londonbuspageinexile @ 10:03 pm

Had a bit of a surprise today while in the Putney region monitoring the 14 after its extension the short way beyond Tottenham Court Road to Warren Street – its former partner in crime, the 22, hosted an RM!
RM 848 (448 UXS, ex WLT 848), which saw out its service career at Clapton on the 38 and is now privately owned, was doing short runs to Sloane Square in conjunction with an exhibition held by Will’s Art Warehouse, an art gallery at Putney Common. I didn’t know a Routemaster was involved, so I was lucky to be on hand when I saw it emerge from Lower Richmond Road at 3:35.


Sunday 10 December 2006

One year on.

Filed under: Routemaster, Special Events, Vehicles — londonbuspageinexile @ 12:22 am

Preserved AEC Routemaster RML 2730 (SMK 730F) in the Brixton Road, 09/12/06 Preserved Routemaster coach RMC 4 (SLT 59) at Brixton, 09/12/06 Open-top AEC Routemaster RM 1403 (403 CLT) in the Brixton Road, 09/12/06 Preserved AEC Routemaster RML 2544 (JJD 544D) at Piccadilly Circus, 09/12/06 Preserved AEC Routemaster RML 2278 (CUV 278C) in Regent Street, 09/12/06
The first anniversary of 9th December 2005 was remembered on Saturday with the procession of several Routemasters down their final normal route, the 159. From Baker Street to Thornton Heath (remembering the extremities of the route before its final service changes rendered it Marble Arch-Streatham Station), it was once again like the old days. Including those buses that gathered after night fell in central London for a tour round the Christmas lights, present at one time or another during the day were nine RMs (29, 291, 719, 1033, 1224, 1397, 1403, 1804 and 2097), ten RMLs (2278, 2372, 2394, 2440, 2472, 2508, 2515, 2544, 2708 and 2730) and RMC 4. Two of those had been active on the last day itself (RM 29 and RML 2730). Meanwhile, at St Paul’s Cathedral six more Routemasters, led by London United’s RML 880, were in attendance to carry the guests of Lucy Davis (Dawn from The Office) to her wedding. And an RT even got in on its descendants’ anniversary, with RT 2043 seen taking its own guests on another Christmas lights tour.

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