25/07/2014

Routemaster 60 at Finsbury Park photo special - part 2

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the iconic London Routemaster and to celebrate their Diamond Jubilee a special event attended by over 130 examples of the type was held at Finsbury Park on the weekend of 12th/13th July, our regular correspondent David Bell was at the event on the Sunday and has kindly sent us a wide selection of photos showing some of the more interesting Routemaster examples present - this bumper special feature will be spread across three parts.

More from Routemaster60 I (c) David Bell
RM1403 403 CLT - New in 1963 and withdrawn in 1984, it was converted to open top configuration the same year and after a period of promotional work with Benskins Breweries it entered preservation in 1992 © David Bell.

More from Routemaster60 I (c) David Bell
RM2 SLT 57 - This was London Transport's 'private' prototype built in circa 1955, it ran for a short time on Green country and Red city duties between 1956-9, it then became a driver training vehicle and was then (after a period in storage) donated to the London Transport Museum in 1986 © David Bell.

More from Routemaster60 II (c) David Bell
RML2396 JJD 396D - New in 1966, when new this bus went on two tours taking in Oslo in Norway and New York & Baltimore in USA. It entered service later that year and was finally withdrawn in 2004 © David Bell.

More from Routemaster60 II (c) David Bell
RM1000 100 BXL - New in 1961 as the 1000th RM, it was withdrawn and entered preservation with the specially formed RM1000 Group in 1987 © David Bell.

More from Routemaster60 II (c) David Bell
RM999 WLT 999 - New in 1962 on routes 245 and 266, it was withdrawn in 1986 then saw further service registered WVS 423 with Reading Mainline between 1995-9, it then passed to Reading Heritage Travel in 2000 © David Bell.

SMK741F Routemaster60 (c) David Bell
RM2741 SMK 741F - New in 1967 and eventually withdrawn in 2005 when it passed to Superdrug via Ensignbus for promotional work, as you can see from the photograph it currently wears a rather bright pink livery! © David Bell.

Many thanks to David for the photographs and to Ian's Bus Stop for the vehicle histories used in the feature, look out for the second part - coming soon!