Midlands, United Kingdom
LEYLAND AEC RML2300 Double Decker Routemaster Bus (1965)
“She worked most of her life in North London, first serving on the 67 routes from Stamford Hill then transferring to Highgate as a No 271 to Moorgate.
1971 saw her move to Muswell Hill as a No 43 bus then in 1972 as a No 24 from Chalk Farm. Between 1975 and 1993, RML 2300 was a 13 bus from North Finchley to Aldwych out of Hendon bus garage.
In 1993 she was totally refurbished and transferred to the number 8 route in the East End running between Bow Church and Tottenham Court Road finally being retired in 2003.
We purchased her out of storage in 2004.
Route Master: Mileage is unknown, it doesn’t have a gauge. It’s probably a couple of million miles. It’s a historic vehicle so doesn’t have to be taxed or have an MOT. The seats were removed and stored when we bought it in about 2003. 2 of the windows have been replaced by opening windows for use as a static bar. Total spent on various bits of adaptation/conversion probably amount to £8k over 18 years. It needs a repaint. It runs well but hasn’t been serviced for about 18 months because of Covid.”
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