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NEW YORK OMNIBUS 2629




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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2020 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

.....unlike the "olden days" of LONDON TRANSPORT, there are no longer any "standard" type of London bus; while the once-familiar, stalwart "RT" was the next-to-the-last "standard" type built for London, the "ROUTEMASTER" had the distinction of being the very last of the "standard" type of bus built for London.

Having been intensely interested in London buses for decades, I can look at vintage photographs, and, almost invaribly, am able to identify the various types of buses that once operated in London.

Today, however, when I am looking at modern-era London buses, I am VERY hard-pressed to be able to identify virtually any of the buses now in service.

Though, in years past, GREEN LINE and RED ARROW single-deck buses were commonplace, today's London finds that there are now more single-deck buses in London than in previous decades.

Of course, single-deck "coaches" (intercity buses) were commonplace in Britain even prior to the Second World War......

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2020 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's an excellent (and lengthy!) page on double-decker buses (be sure to check out the vintage ROUTEMASTER in Sri Lanka!)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double-decker_bus

Some of the new-model double-deckers are a bit too "off-beat" for me (giant, insidious-looking mutant "Transformers"??) Shocked Shocked Shocked

There are some classics on this page as well, including some really interesting old rear-engine double-deckers in India, as well as an ancient Leyland "TITAN", now residing in Australia....... Wink

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2020 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I call attention to the recent fiscal problems of Wrightbus, which manufactured many Routemasters at their factory in Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland. I think the Wikipedia article on Wrightbus is outdated, so it would be useful to check news.google.co.uk
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Link to a December 2, 2020, Belfast Telegraph story of an order of 145 low-emission double-deckers is HERE
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2020 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joe; appreciate this update....thank you.

MUCH has changed in England, bus-wise, over the past few decades; with the retirement of the last of the original "ROUTEMASTER", there are no longer conductors on board.

I've also read that there have been (and still are) issues regarding articulated buses (dubbed "bendys") in London.

Recall, too, that "London Transport" itself has undergone tremendous changes over the last several decades; it echoes the early days of motor buses in London, when "GENERAL" had much competition from many "independent" bus operators, and the early "tube" (Underground) lines were operated by private companies.......

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2020 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Links of interest*:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Buses

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buses_in_London

*Much of interesting here, including some vintage photos.......
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2020 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From 1931 until 1962 (when "ROUTEMASTERS" were still new), trolleybuses operated in London; at its peak, London's trolleybus fleet was the world's largest.

By 1962, the once-great network had been pared down tremendously; originally, there had been plans to keep the remaining trolleybuses routs in service until the 1970's......

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trolleybuses_in_London
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2020 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is an excellent, exhaustive site dedicated to London's bus routes, beginning in 1934........

www.londonbuses.co.uk
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