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The AEC Routemaster was specifically designed for London

The traditional Red Routemaster is one of the famous Tourist Icons of London. Yet it has gradually disappeared from the city's streets, this caused it to be one of the most important issues in the recent election for London's Mayor. The bus is famous for its reliability, it kept being called back into service to replace worn-out modern buses. All the same most of them have been retired and are now used for promotions or adventure transport all over the world.

Warning: Routemaster bus fans are probably some of the most obsessive fans that exist anywhere!

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Symbol of London

The Routemaster bus is famous for its reliability and its open doorway which allow people to hop on and off in slow moving traffic where ever they wanted. It gives you a wonderful sense of freedom when you suddenly realised you could swap to a different bus or go by tube, or jump off and buy a newspaper, or just get off because you'd seen a friend or tourist site you'd like to visit. People also liked the bus because they had conductors (ticket sellers) who were often personalities and offered tourist advice.

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New Routemaster Bus Unveiled by Boris Johnson

New Routemaster Bus Unveiled by Boris Johnson

New Routemaster Bus Unveiled by Boris Johnson

The new Routemaster Bus goes into service on Monday 27th February 2012. If there is a conductor on board then the rear door will always be open. It has a double staircase designed to allow people to get off and on the bus at the same time.

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History of the Routemaster

The Routemaster bus was developed during the years of 1947-1956 , the brief being to replace London's trolleybuses, which had themselves replaced trams in London, and also the older diesel RT buses. 2875 were built and all but 115 were ordered by London Transport. In 1998 over 600 Routemasters were operating in London. Most surviving Routemasters are 72 seat 30 foot long RML class models, these can be identified by an extra shorter window halfway along both upper and lower decks.

Routemasters operated outside London on the Greenline service had enclosed rear platforms, as an open platform would not of been safe at the higher speeds obtainable on traffic-free roads.

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London Bus in Australia - RTL 547 in Sidney (Not a Routemaster, note the radiator)

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Routemaster in the Falklands

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Routemaster Toys

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The Disliked Bendy Bus

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Boris Johnson has vowed that his first act as Mayor of London will be to scrap bendy buses and replace them with a modern-day Routemaster.