60 years of the Route Master

RBKC Libraries blog

Owen Grey, Reference Librarian, writes:

In Earls Court’s sixty years ago on the 24th of September the Routemaster bus was unveiled by London Transport.

A brief story in the Times, Biggest Commercial Motor Show by our motoring correspondent from Friday 24 September 1924 speaks about its benefits-  but even then could not foresee how it would become what Transport for London describes as being regarded by many as an icon of London. Or indeed just how long it would live on…

From http://www.standard.co.uk/news/transport/london-bids-farewell-to-the-historic-routemaster-9127455.html From http://www.standard.co.uk/news/transport/london-bids-farewell-to-the-historic-routemaster-9127455.html

It is I am sure missed in a lot of ways by nostalgic Londoners (although I am glad I do not have to get my buggy onto it), but equally I am sure they would never be allowed these days with the dangers they pose: crazy children (and adults) leaping onto and off platforms to catch or leave the bus, who cares about whether you are…

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One response to “60 years of the Route Master

  1. Hi

    If anyone who read this is interested, they might like to the know the following (reproduced from the London Omnibus Traction Society new spage)

    Tuesday 30 September: The Earl’s Court Society will have a Routemaster display on the forecourt of the Earl’s Court Exhibition hall between 6 to 8 pm, admission £5 by programme. RM 1 was first unveiled at the Commercial Motor Show 60 years ago in this hall (24/9/54 to 2/10/54). Routemasters 1, 2, 3, 4 and FRM 1 (at least) are due for display. Prior to this, they are due to depart at 3.15pm from the Addison Road bus stand (as was used by the 9H) on a short road run, and during the next hour or so, they will be posed in places on both sides (Warwick Road and West Brompton) of the exhibition hall.


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