This bus has been both green and red in its 40 years service. It was the last of the first 50 original green RMLs introduced in 1965 and was one of the last red RMLs operating on route 38 in 2005.
It is still in the condition it was in when finishing service on route 38, we hope that it will feature in an exciting restoration project within the next year.
The bus started work at Garston in November 1965 and moved around the London Country area to Harlow, Windsor and Northfleet before its first overhaul in 1972. Whilst keeping its original body it gained NBC leaf green livery.
Between 1973 and 1978 it had its longest spell at any garage so far and that was Godstone where it worked on routes 409 and 411 linking Croydon with Surrey and Sussex villages outside the Greater London boundary.
The bus returned to London Transport ownership in December 1978 and after a short spell as a driver trainer was overhauled ready for work on route 16 between Cricklewood and Victoria (some change from Forest Row and Reigate a few years earlier!).
The bus moved to Ash Grove in 1983 and then on to Clapton in 1991 for 14 years unbroken service. In 1990 the bus gained a Cummins engine and in 1992 was refurbished at South Yorkshire Transport, Rotherham.
The bus is currently an example of a ‘working’ vehicle and provides the opportunity to see the final look of a Routemaster but underneath it has retained the same body for 40 years – quite a feat.