My first exploratory excursions into London involved getting lost a lot of the time. But isn't that the best way to find places? I fell in love with London at an early age, part and parcel with that came my affection for the Route Master bus. Exploring Oxford St without aching feet "i suppose happiness is relative..." - (Withnail...plastic bag without holes.....?) Well you get the picture, jump On/Off....
Running for a Route Master was harder than it looked. Getting off a (still moving) Route Master took experience and alcohol.
They were perfect for London. 1954 was the first one. The last new one delivered in 1968. I hate numbers but they built over 2800. Of which 1200 survive? But i repeat....they were perfect for London.
Why? Because they were designed for London transport for London....Durr..
In December 2012... Some idiot withdrew them from service.... I know you will spout reasons why.... But please? Why were't they converted? To meet all the wotsit....
And before you start a specialised vehicle could have accompanied them with wheel chair access etc. Something could have been worked out... Couldn't it?
The cost of designing a new bus which is too big... (Try driving behind one!) Has no ventilation... And never has the trademark back door open anyway! I'm sure would have covered it.
I love the old with the new, imagine an electric Route Master humming through the City and its startling new architecture! 😊
It's a poor consolation that many old buses live again. Proscecco bars, Cafes, wedding busses. But i'm reminded of my Brothers pet joy... When he sees a Range Rover doing what it should be doing. Like the one we saw the other day pulling a horse box. Well the old model Range Rovers but you get his point. Route Masters should be doing the job they are perfect for!
Oh and the string bell, and the shape of the narrow stairs, and the conductors standy place... and...and....