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London photo of the day: old-fashioned bus back on duty


Taking a break from the Amsterdam photos (which I’ll get back to: I’ve got lots more) for a couple of days in order to share some images from this week’s Tube strike. Here, one of the old-style buses that have been dragged back into service to cope with the commuter overflow. (On Tottenham Court Road.)

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  • bronxbee

    so much awesome-er than the new buses, which are, in and of themselves, pretty awesome.

  • Steve Gagen

    I commented already and my comment has disappeared! Maybe ‘cos I posted as a guest – can never remember my password, I remarked in my geeky way that this is a 1950 RT series bus manufactured by AEC between 1939-1954. They were later replaced by the Routemaster series. This particular example is now used for private bookings – including weddings! I alos said how gorgeous the bus is!

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  • These old buses are so cool, but they seem to have far less capacity than the new buses. And they’re probably gas hogs, too. A lot of the new buses are electric or natural gas.

  • RogerBW

    The great thing about these and the RMs was not just the ridiculous reliability and ease of maintenance; it was that, with two staff on board, the buses could move while fares were still being paid. This made them about twice as fast as a single-crewed bus when there was any sort of crowd. Even the horribly-flawed Oyster system doesn’t do as well.

  • bronxbee

    ah yes… almost anything that hogs gas tends to be cool looking. no matter the morality and ecology sense of it — a 1976 Charger is always going to be cooler than a Honda Accord.

  • bronxbee

    i think there are double entry buses again…

  • RogerBW

    Not “again” — the RMs only have a single entrance. The dual-door buses make the back one only for Oyster users, and everyone still has to swipe their cards as they get on.
    Personally I think London should do as several European cities have, and simply make public transport free, no questions asked. The cost savings from not having to collect or enforce fares are huge, and so are the environmental savings from the decline in car traffic.

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