Welcome to the London Routemaster Bus web site
The Routemaster bus was an icon which has run in London for over 50 years. The design of this bus was way ahead of its time and just
right for the travelling conditions in London. It outlived much newer buses due to its flexibility, speed and build quality, only
being replaced on age and cost grounds.
This site is a tribute to this remarkable vehicle and contains photos taken by
me from 2003 onwards as a pictorial history of the final years in service of this fine British icon, plus now covering the 'New Routemaster'.
159 was the last full Routemaster route in London, its last day was 9th December 2005, however part of the 15 has Routemasters
running on it as a Heritage route. The picture on the left shows Brixton's RML2730 crossing Westminster Bridge with Big Ben in the
background on Thursday 8th December 2005, the last full day of operation.
28th March 2015: It's the turn of route 12
to start it's gradual conversion to LT operation from today, also in driver only mode.
7th March 2015: The next route to convert
is the 15, but unlike the 9 which ran alongside traditional Routemasters, this is also in driver only mode. So you will see both together,
but conductors only on the heritage service 15.
18th January 2015: The 55 has received it's first LT to begin converting, and like
the 137 will also be in driver only mode, so is a phased conversion.
5th December 2014: The 137 started converting to the
New Routemaster, and will be complete by the end of the month.
9th November: The 453 now mostly converted to the new Routemaster's
(LT's), in driver only mode. Next up will be the 137 and then route 55, both in driver only mode.
24th September: It was
60 years ago today that the first Routemaster RM1 was unveiled at the Earl's Court Motor Show. Happy 60th birthday!!!
Routes 38 & 8 have converted to the new LT's.
The RM 60 event was held at Finsbury Park on 12th & 13th July celebrating 60
years of RM1. There are photos on the NEW RM60 PAGE.
10th May: The Specials page contains photos from the Catford Garage open
day, including RM1 & RML2760, plus RM2060 which performed the run over route 47 to Farnborough.