Heritage Routemasters

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English: The Heritage Routemasters are the Routemaster buses used on the Transport for London Routemaster heritage services.

Fleet[edit]

The Heritage Routemaster buses are all of the shorter, original RM class of Routemaster. They sound and look slightly different to 'classic' RMs, having all come from the Marshall rebuild pool. There are 20 buses in the fleet (based on a requirement for 5 buses on each route at peak time, plus 3 maintenance spares, and 2 additional long term spares).

Fleetno. Registration Built Route Livery
(current)
Routemaster RM324 (WLT 324), 23 December 2012.jpg RM324 WLT 324 1960 15 standard
Routemaster RM652 (WLT 652), 27 September 2012 cropped.jpg RM652 WLT 652 1961 15 white roundel
Routemaster RM871 (WLT 871), 8 February 2014 (2).jpg RM871 WLT 871 1962 15 standard
Routemaster line 9 heritage.jpg RM1204 204 CLT 1962 9 standard
Heritage Routemaster RM1218 (218 CLT), route 9, 29 October 2013.jpg RM1218 218 CLT 1962 9 standard
none RM1280* 280 CLT 1962 9 ?
Routemaster RM1562 (562 CLT), 30 December 2012 cropped.jpg RM1562 562 CLT 1963 9 standard
First London Routemaster bus RM1627 (627 DYE), Trafalgar Square, heritage route 9, 13 June 2011 (1).jpg RM1627 627 DYE 1963 9 standard
Routemaster RM1640 (640 DYE), 25 June 2011 cropped.jpg RM1640 640 DYE 1963 9 standard
Routemaster SRM3 (RM1650) (650 DYE), heritage route 9, 29 October 2013 cropped.jpg SRM3
(RM1650)
650 DYE 1963 9 silver (2012)
Routemaster RM1735 (735 DYE), 25 June 2011.jpg RM1735 735 DYE 1963 9 standard
First London bus RM1776 (776 DYE), 1963 Heritage Routemaster, route 9, 8 June 2013 (1).jpg RM1776 776 DYE 1963 9 standard
Routemaster RM1913 (ALD 913B), 4 May 2013.jpg RM1913 ALD 913B 1964 9 standard
Routemaster RM1933 (ALD 933B), 23 October 2013 cropped.jpg RM1933 ALD 933B 1964 15 red/white/black/silver
Routemaster RM1941 (ALD 941B), 11 May 2013 cropped.jpg RM1941 ALD 941B 1964 15 white roundel
Routemaster RM1968 (ALD 968B), 11 May 2012 cropped.jpg RM1968 ALD 968B 1964 15 white roundel
Routemaster RM2050 (ALM 50B), 26 June 2012 (1) cropped.jpg RM2050 ALM 50B 1964 15 standard
Routemaster RM2060 (ALM 60B), 6 June 2010.jpg RM2060 ALM 60B 1964 15 white roundel
Routemaster RM2071 (ALM 71B), 5 September 2010.jpg RM2071 ALM 71B 1964 15 standard
Routemaster RM2089 (ALM 89B), 15 September 2013 cropped.jpg RM2089 ALM 89B 1964 15 standard

* - RM1280 only appears to have been used in the first year, and has since been put into storage (it was still listed as being allocated to First, when the route 9 fleet was transferred to Tower Transit)

Liveries[edit]

Standard livery[edit]

The standard Heritage Routemaster livery is based on the London Transport livery worn by Routemasters when they were first introduced in the 1950s and on into the early 1960s:

  • LT red base
  • Cream cant-rail band (replaced by grey bands from 1965 onwards)
  • London Transport fleetnames in black outlined gold (nearside & offside) - these were changed to LONDON TRANSPORT without black outline in 1969
  • Fleetnumbers in black outlined gold, accompanied by a 'Routemaster' label (nearside on the engine bonnet & offside under the drivers cab window) - the Routemaster label was phased out after 1964, fleetnumbers changed to plain white in 1974

White roundel livery[edit]

Four of the route 15 buses - RM652, RM1941, RM1968 & RM2060 - were later repainted into a later version of London Transport livery that Routemasters wore in the 1970s:

  • LT red base
  • White cant-rail
  • no fleetnames - just a plain white London Transport roundel (nearside & offside)
  • fleetnumbers in solid white

Special liveries - SRM3 & RM1933[edit]

Two Heritage Routemasters wear special commemorative liveries

  • SRM3 has worn two different silver schemes (the first applied before heritage services began)
  • RM1933 originally entered service in standard livery, but has since worn two special liveries - an Indian Red/Platinum scheme, and then a red/white/black/silver scheme.

Before repainting[edit]

All of the route 15 buses entered service in the standard livery, but some buses on route 9 were not repainted in time, leading to some odd hybrid versions of old/new livery.

Operator markings[edit]

A modern concession to the traditional liveries is the use of small logos to denote the private companies actually operating the buses (see Transport for London Routemaster heritage services#Operators). On the Heritage Routemasters they are quite small and unobtrusive, appearing only on the sides - each placed above the front lower deck window of the passenger cabin. As a legal requirement on all UK buses, the company name/address of the operator also appears on the nearside behind the front wheel (known as the legal lettering).

First/Transit[edit]

The logo on First/Tower Transit buses has always been a gold version of their standard London bus logos. First used their plc company name on legal lettering, rather than Centrewest.

Stagecoach/East London Bus Group[edit]

Like First, Stagecoach adopted a gold version of their corporate logo, which changed to a gold version of the ELBG East London after the sale, before returning

RM324 (WLT 324)[edit]

RM324 before Heritage services (Sovereign)[edit]

RM324 in standard livery (23 Jun 2006 to 14 Oct 2010) (ELBG)[edit]

RM324 in standard livery (15 Oct 2010 to present) (Stagecoach London, 2nd)[edit]

RM652 (WLT 652)[edit]

RM652 before Heritage services (Arriva London North)[edit]

RM652 in standard livery (to 22 Jun 2006) (Stagecoach London, 1st)[edit]

RM652 in standard livery (23 Jun 2006 to ?) (ELBG)[edit]

RM652 in white roundel livery (? to 14 Oct 2010) (ELBG)[edit]

RM652 in white roundel livery (15 Oct 2010 to present) (Stagecoach London, 2nd)[edit]

RM871 (WLT 871)[edit]

RM871 before Heritage services (London Transport)[edit]

RM871 in standard livery (23 Jun 2006 to 14 Oct 2010) (ELBG)[edit]

RM871 in standard livery (15 Oct 2010 to present) (Stagecoach London, 2nd)[edit]

RM1204 (204 CLT)[edit]

RM1204 before Heritage services (Sovereign)[edit]

RM1204 in standard livery (to 21 Jun 2013) (First London)[edit]

RM1204 in standard livery (22 Jun 2013 to present) (Tower Transit)[edit]

RM1218 (218 CLT)[edit]

RM1218 in standard livery (to 21 Jun 2013) (First London)[edit]

RM1218 in standard livery (22 Jun 2013 to present) (Tower Transit)[edit]

RM1280 (280 CLT)[edit]

RM1562 (562 CLT)[edit]

  • At some point in the summer of 2012, RM1562 was repainted as RM39862 (its internal Firstgroup number) - this lasted until November, but had been reverted on the exterior by December (but not for an instance of the number inside the rear platform)

RM1562 in standard livery (to 21 Jun 2013) (First London)[edit]

RM1562 in standard livery (22 Jun 2013 to present) (Tower Transit)[edit]

RM1627 (627 DYE)[edit]

RM1627 before Heritage services (Reading Mainline)[edit]

RM1627 before repainting[edit]

RM1627 in standard livery (to 21 Jun 2013) (First London)[edit]

RM1627 in standard livery (22 Jun 2013 to present) (Tower Transit)[edit]

RM1640 (640 DYE)[edit]

RM1640 in standard livery (to 21 Jun 2013) (First London)[edit]

RM1640 in standard livery (22 Jun 2013 to present) (Tower Transit)[edit]

SRM3 (RM1650) (650 DYE)[edit]

SRM3 before Heritage services (First, Jubilee livery)[edit]

SRM3 in Jubilee livery (14 Nov 2005 to ?) (First London)[edit]

SRM3 in 2012 livery (? to 21 Jun 2013) (First London)[edit]

SRM3 in 2012 livery (22 Jun 2013 to present) (Tower Transit)[edit]

RM1735 (735 DYE)[edit]

RM1735 in standard livery (to 21 Jun 2013) (First London)[edit]

RM1776 (776 DYE)[edit]

RM1776 before repainting[edit]

RM1776 in standard livery (to 21 Jun 2013) (First London)[edit]

RM1913 (ALD 913B)[edit]

RM1913 in standard livery (to 21 Jun 2013) (First London)[edit]

RM1913 in standard livery (22 Jun 2013 to present) (Tower Transit)[edit]

RM1933 (ALD 933B)[edit]

RM1933 before Heritage services (Sovereign)[edit]

RM1933 in standard livery (to 22 Jun 2006) (Stagecoach London, 1st)[edit]

RM1933 in standard livery (23 Jun 2006 to ?) (ELBG)[edit]

RM1933 in Platinum livery (? to ?) (ELBG)[edit]

RM1933 in 1983 livery (? to 14 Oct 2010) (ELBG)[edit]

RM1933 in 1983 livery (15 Oct 2010 to present) (Stagecoach London, 2nd)[edit]

RM1933 in 1983 livery (?) (?)[edit]

RM1941 (ALD 941B)[edit]

RM1941 in standard livery (23 Jun 2006 to ?) (ELBG)[edit]

RM1941 in white roundel livery (? to 14 Oct 2010) (ELBG)[edit]

RM1941 in white roundel livery (15 Oct 2010 to present) (Stagecoach London, 2nd)[edit]

RM1968 (ALD 968B)[edit]

RM1968 in standard livery (23 Jun 2006 to ?) (ELBG)[edit]

RM1968 in white roundel livery (? to 14 Oct 2010) (ELBG)[edit]

RM1968 in white roundel livery (15 Oct 2010 to present) (Stagecoach London, 2nd)[edit]

RM2050 (ALM 50B)[edit]

RM2050 before Heritage services (Arriva London North)[edit]

RM2050 in standard livery (to 22 Jun 2006) (Stagecoach London, 1st)[edit]

RM2050 in standard livery (23 Jun 2006 to 14 Oct 2010) (ELBG)[edit]

RM2050 in standard livery (15 Oct 2010 to present) (Stagecoach London, 2nd)[edit]

RM2060 (ALM 60B)[edit]

RM2060 before Heritage services (Arriva London North)[edit]

RM2060 in standard livery (23 Jun 2006 to ?) (ELBG)[edit]

RM2060 in white roundel livery (? to 14 Oct 2010) (ELBG)[edit]

RM2071 (ALM 71B)[edit]

RM2071 in standard livery (23 Jun 2006 to 14 Oct 2010) (ELBG)[edit]

RM2071 in standard livery (15 Oct 2010 to present) (Stagecoach London, 2nd)[edit]

RM2089 (ALM 89B)[edit]

RM2089 in standard livery (23 Jun 2006 to 14 Oct 2010) (ELBG)[edit]

RM2089 in standard livery (15 Oct 2010 to present) (Stagecoach London, 2nd)[edit]

Unidentified[edit]

Unidentified route 9 buses[edit]

Unidentified route 15 buses[edit]

Unidentified route 9 & 15 buses[edit]

Other incidental images[edit]