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.
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.
2014: The 137 started converting to the New Routemaster, and will be complete by the end of the month.
9th November 2014:
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 2014: It was 60 years ago today that the first Routemaster RM1 was unveiled at the Earl's Court
Motor Show. Happy 60th birthday!!!
12th July 2014: 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 2014: 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.
26th April 2014: Route 10 converted to the New Routemaster with conductors from 6am–6pm Monday to Friday
over the whole route.