The Routemaster has in recent years become the most well-known London bus and, perhaps, the most famous bus in the world.
Despite there being other London bus types of equal significance (the STL-type of the 1930s or the RT-type of the 1950s, for example), the RM has achieved its fame, firstly, because it is the very last of a long line of buses specially designed for service in the capital and, secondly, on account of its longevity. The Routemaster has been seen on the streets of London since 1956 and, even though the buses came out of front-line service in 2005, some still run today on heritage routes 9 and 15.
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Vehicle history to follow – May 2013.
|Body:||Park Royal 72-seat, rear entrance, open platform|
|Engine:||AEC AV590 9.6 litre diesel, front-mounted, with air operated automatic gearbox|
|Vehicle Classification:||RML, standing for RouteMaster Long or Lengthened|
|Date into service:||1968|
|Date of withdrawal:||2004 from normal service, subsequently used for special purposes until 2013|