Saturday 28 September 2019

Unusual Routemaster Visitor

There was an unusual visitor to Great Yarmouth earlier today in the shape of a former London Transport double decker. Will Drake was on hand to record its presence in the Market Place and his photos are reproduced here

RML 2464 JJD464D was new to London Transport in April 1966 and was pressed into service at Finchley a month later. After spells at West Ham, Hornchurch and Stockwell it received a new Cummins engine in 1991.

Upon privatisation in late 1994 it worked for London United and was withdrawn in September 2004 being placed into store at Tolworth

RML 2464 was then sold to Ensignbus (dealers) from where it was acquired three months later by Master Exhibitions of London. They converted the RML into a mobile exhibition unit for the Royal Bank of Scotland complete with open top and awning. When seen today it was promoting Utility Warehouse

It's not the first occasion it has visited the town as I photographed it when it was promoting Nat West Bank further north in the Market Place during January 2014

My thanks to Will for the photographs. RML 2464's history was obtained from the excellent Ian's Bus Stop website


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