Routemaster - Early Images
Unfortunately, apart from the Front Entrance Routemaster, there were no photographs of the Routemaster in my father's collection, so I would be very pleased to see any early images for inclusion here. Do you have any? I'd be pleased to display them.
RM1 taken during the LGOC Centenary exhibition at Horse Guards Parade in July 1956.
Chris Stanley (of www.theredlondonbus.com) spotted RM1224 (224CLT) at Edmonton Depot in December 1962.
Routemasters at the PRV works circa 1963 by Peter Abbott.
Chris Stanley (of www.theredlondonbus.com) kindly supplied these images of RMs pre-delivery at Park Royal. These pictures were taken on April the 3rd and 26th, 1964.
Tony Scott kindly sent me this photo taken at the factory on May the 8th 1965 of two RCL's (30' Routemaster coaches) numbers 2224 & 2225 which went into service on the 721 route from Romford (RE) garage on 1st June 1965.
Registration 254CLT [Forward Entrance] Built September 1962 (Body Nos. ?) for LTB.
Registration 453CLT [Rear Entrance] Built June 1962 (Body No. L4279) for LTB 'Green Line'.
Registration RCN689 [Forward Entrance] Built March 1964 (Body Nos. B49978-95) for Northern General.
Registration KGJ625D [Forward Entrance] Built October 1966 (Body Nos. B54293-357) for British Airways [though operated by LTB].
Registration CUV260C [Rear Entrance] Built June 1965 (Body No. L5538) for LTB 'Green Line'. This is the last RCL built in June 1965) shown here newly off the production line and parked in Twyford Abbey Road for an official photograph. Delivered to Aldenham in 1965 this Greenline went into service on route 715A at Guildford. After several transfers it was sold to Wombwell diesels for scrap in March 1979 but bought just four months later by LT and stored at the Royal Albert Dock as a trainer. After various changes, repaints and uses it has finally been preserved.
Registration SMK692F [Rear Entrance] Built September 1967 (Body No. L5970) for LTB.