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AECs in service

This page is intended to provide a register of where you can find, and travel on, AEC buses and coaches in service today.  You can help by sending any information you have on AECs in service.  If you like AEC buses, don't forget to add this page to your favourites and check it regularly.  Hopefully there will be new information added frequently.

The list is in two parts. Firstly a list of AECs which are with operators who run public services, including the service details so you can check the travel opportunities. Secondly a summary of AECs (mainly Routemasters) in use with smaller operators for contracts and private hire.

Contributions to this page are welcomed: email your sighting to

Last updated: 30th July 2018.

AECs in public service

Place Reg Type Notes
Cumbria
Kirkby Stephen

JTB 749
UTC 672

Regal III
Regent III
Cumbria Classic Coaces have been running 1948 Burlingham bodied Regal III JTB 749 on service 569 from Kirkby Stephen to Hawes and on private hire jobs since 2003. The ex Bamber Bridge Motor Services Regent joined the fleet from private preservation in 2009. Cumbria classic are an enthusiast friendly company and welcome visits. For more information visit www.cumbriaclassiccoaches.co.uk. Updated May 2018.
Devon
Buckfastleigh
ALD 872B Routemaster The South Devon Railway Trust's Scania powered Routemaster RM1872 runs a "rail replacement service" on certain days of the year when a special timetable is in operation (usually gala days). A timetable and days of operation can be found at the SDR website. Updated September 2015.
Essex
Epping-Ongar
See notes Regent III
Routemaster
Swift
Heritage buses from the London Bus Company fleet operate in conjunction with the Epping Ongar railway on weekends and certain other holidays during the year. Route 339 Epping-Ongar-Brentwood is operated by "RT" AEC Regents and a Routemaster. "RTL" Leyland PD2s also appear at times. Route 250 North Weald-Passingford Bridge is operated by "RF" AEC Regals and AEC Swift SM1. For route details and times see http://www.eorailway.co.uk. For details of the LBC fleet see the entry for LBC below. Updated December 2017.
Hampshire
Portsmouth
793 UXA Routemaster Local Haunts run RM994 on their guided tour of Portsmouth and Southsea, once a day on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday (including August Bank Holiday Monday) during the Summer from May to September.  It is also available for private hire. Updated October 2016.
Hertfordshire
Knebworth
MXX 419 Regal IV RF442 is privately preserved but is also is used at Knebworth House to shuttle visitors on a 2 mile circular route, from Fort Knebworth to the house and Barns Restaurant area. It runs at weekends and bank holidays during the season, Easter through to late September. It was still there in June 2011, but isn't used exclusively as a Leyland Leopard coach may also be used. Updated March 2013.

Kent
Sevenoaks

JJD 472D
SMK 699F
Routemasters Go Coach Hire are running the Sevenoaks town tourist service 7 again this year, using one of their two Routemasters. Travel all day for just £2.50. The service runs until 6th September - see poster here. June 2015.
Lancashire
Blackpool
202 UXJ (WLT 887)
583 CLT
Routemasters RM887 and RM1583 are sometimes used on the Catch 22 Bus service 22 from Blackpool to Cleveleys. RM1583 was once in the Blackpool Transport fleet and is in Blackpool Transport livery. Updated February 2015.
London
TfL tourist route 15
RM871 outside St. Pauls Cathedral in April 2009
WLT 324
WLT 652
WLT 871
ALD 933B
ALD 941B
ALD 968B
ALM 50B
ALM 60B
ALM 71B
ALM 89B
Routemasters Marshall refurbished RMs 324, 652, 871, 1933, 1941, 1968, 2050, 2060, 2071, 2089 are operated by East London on tourist service 15 from Trafalgar Square to Tower Hill until 1830 Monday to Sunday daytimes.They have Cummins engines and are owned by TfL. RM1933 was painted in maroon and platinum commemorative livery in 2008, to celebrate 75 years of London Transport and the centenary of Bow garage. Some, including RM1968 and RM2060, have been painted in 1980s style livery with white band and roundel.
See the special feature page on the heritage operation of routes 9 and 15. Updated June 2014.
London
Premium Tours / Harrods Tours
VLT 85
ALM 979B
CUV 348C
NML 621E
SMK 729F
Routemasters For those with a little more money to spend, Premium Tours run upmarket tours of London with Routemasters. RM85, RM1979 (open-top), RML2348 and RML2621 (open-top) are in a green livery for Harrods themed tours, RML2729 is in red livery. Two further Routemasters are owned. July 2012.

London,
Edinburgh,
York

Ghost Bus Tours

KFF 367 (11 CLT)
KGJ 641A (666 DYE)
CUV 203C
CUV 343C
JJD 516D
JJD 528D
NML 624E

Routemasters London Necrobus run night tours branded as Ghost Bus Tours, in London, Edinburgh and York. They are run with Routemasters including RM1011, RM1666, RML2203, RML2343, RML2516, RML2528 and RML2624 in a black livery. RML2528 was formerly with Dreadnought of Alnwick and open-top RML2203 with Ensignbus. Updated August 2017.
London
The London Tour
SMK 697F Routemaster Open-top RML2697 is running on a turn up and go London tour in competition with the more established ones. June 2014.
London
Afternoon Tea Bus Tour
VLT 191
WTS 418A (WLT 909)
204 CLT
735 DYE
ALD 913B

JJD 404D
JJD 546D
Routemaster (RM191)
Routemaster (RM909)
Routemaster (RM1204)
Routemaster (RM1735)
Routemaster (RM1913)
Routemaster (RML2404)

Routemaster (RML2546)
Yet another variant of London bus tour is the Afternoon Tea tour, if you have a cool £45 to spend. It started in 2014 with RM191, which previously operated with Nippy Bus in Somerset, and joined by RM909 ex London Bus Company, RML2404 from Timebus and RML2546 which previously worked in Sunderland. RM1204, RM1735 and RM1913 were added in 2017. Updated May 2018.
Norfolk
Holt
CUV 151C Routemaster RM2151 runs the "Holt Flyer" between Holt Station (of the North Norfolk Railway) and Holt town centre. It changed hands from Awaydays to Coach Services (Thetford) in 2012 but its use in 2013 is confirmed: http://www.nnrailway.co.uk/page.php?pid=23. Updated June 2013.

Northern Ireland
Belfast

JJD 560D Routemaster RML2560 is used by Allen's Tours on the Belfast City Tour on cold or rainy days. An open-top bus (not a Routemaster) is used on other days.
Scotland
Edinburgh
WLT 737
WLT 875
353 CLT
Routemasters As soon as one Routemaster operation in Edinburgh disappears another one arrives. Lothian may have ceased their Mac Tours operation, but The Red Bus,are now running sighseeing tours with Routemasters. They are also available for private hire and weddings. Updated August 2017.
East Sussex
Lewes/Eastbourne
VDV 818 Regent V Preserved Devon General Regent 818 is on loan from the West of England Historic Transport Trust to Seaford & District, who are using it in service on some days on their weekend service 124. The service will start running again in July 2018 and the company usually announce in advance the previous day which vehicle will be running, on their Twitter feed, https://twitter.com/SeafordandDist. Updated December 2017.
West Sussex
Horsham/Shorham
VLT 116
CUV 179C
SMK 660F
Routemaster (RM116)
Routemaster (RM2179)
Routemaster (RML2660)
Southern Transit run their three ex LT Routemasters along with open-toppers, and guest RTs/RMs from other owners on an enhanced timetable on their Horsham-Shoreham service on the two May Bank Holiday Mondays and the August Bank Holiday Monday each year. See https://www.southerntransit.co.uk/route-3/. Updated June 2018.
Wales
Llandudno
WLT 999 Routemaster (RM999) Runs a sightseeing tour twice daily (not Mondays and Fridays). You can board on the day if space is available or book in advance at https://www.routemaster999.com/tours. December 2017.
Wiltshire
Salisbury Plain
  Routemasters For one day only in August of each year, Bath Bus Company organise a Routemaster service across Salisbury plain, centred on the abandoned village of Imber, using their own RM1978 and several guest Routemasters. The 2018 event is on August 18th, see https://imberbus.wordpress.com/. May 2018.

AECs in contract and private hire fleets

Operator and location Reg Type Status Date of last rep. Notes
Grant Palmer, Dunstable, Bedfordshire CUV 299C Routemaster (RML2299) private hire 6/2016 Ex London Heritage Travel
Lianne Coaches, Slough, Berkshire CUV 327C Routemaster (RML2327) private hire 7/2012 Formerly with RML Travel. No pictures since this date
Berkshire Big Red Bus, Reading, Berkshire VLT 188
462 CLT
CUV 208C
PYM 108F
Routemaster (RM188)
Routemaster (RMC1462)
Routemaster (RM2208)
Reliance/Plaxton
in service
in service
in service
in service
2/2017
2/2017
2/2017
2/2017
All for wedding and private hire. RM188 and RM2208 are owned by preservationists but available for use, although RM188 has been reported elsewhere as moving to Wales. An open-top Leyland Atlantean is also owned.
AlphaBus, Milton Keynes, Bucks CUV 106C
SMK 666F
SMK 700F
MXX 481
Routemaster (RM2106)
Routemaster (RML2666)
Routemaster (RML2700)
Regal IV (RF504)
in service
in service
in service
in service
7/2017
10/2017
7/2017
10/2016
Available for wedding and private hires. Also used at running days. RML2700 is ex Memory Lane. RF504 was bought from preservation and is painted gold.
Dave's Buses, High Wycombe, Bucks
Vintage Red Bus, Marlow, Bucks
448 UXS (ex WLT 848)
TAS 466 (ex WLT 883)
JJD 508D
Routemaster (RM848)
Routemaster (RML883)
Routemaster (RML2508)
in service
in service
in service
7/2017
6/2017
6/2016
For wedding and private hires.
Acquired from Czech Republic.
Acquired ex Black & White Motorways.
Victoria Events, Cryers Hill, Bucks MLL 948
JJD 368D
Regal IV (RF530)
Routemaster (RML2368)
in service
in service
8/2017
8/2017
For wedding and private hires.
 
ThisBus.com, Haddenham, Bucks
RML2261 passes Windsor castle during a running day in May  2009
CUV 261C
CUV 335C
JJD 394D
JJD 408D
NML 634E
MXX 489

Routemaster (RML2261)
Routemaster (RML2335)
Routemaster (RML2394)
Routemaster (RML2408)
Routemaster (RML2634)
Regal IV (RF512)

in service
in service
in service
in service
in service

in service

5/2018
10/2013
4/2012
4/2012
4/2012

8/2017

For wedding and private hires. Also used at running days.
A1bus.co.uk, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire KVS 601
CUV 213C
VLT 238
Routemaster (RML471)
Routemaster (RML2213)
Routemaster (RM238)
in service
in service
for non-PCV use
10/2012
5/2014
10/1012
For wedding and private hires. Part open-top RM238 is for static use only.
OK Motor Services Ltd, Babraham, Cambridgeshire EUU 117J Reliance/Plaxton in service 7/2017 For private hire use. Bought from preservation in 2016, previously with Go
Goodwins.
London Routemaster Bus Company, Wisbech, Cambs
RM1641 on service 339 at Epping station
JXC 149
641 DYE
254 CLT
CUV 239C
NMY 632E
Regent III (RT786)
Routemaster (RM1641)
Routemaster (RMF1254)
Routemaster (RCL2239)
Routemaster (RMA49)
wedding/private hire
wedding/private hire
wedding/private hire
wedding/private hire
wedding/private hire
7/2015
7/2015
7/2015
7/2015
7/2015
This is the former heritage fleet of Imperial Buses, Rainham, now operating from Wisbech (the OC at Outwell is just into Norfolk). An RTL Leyland Titan is also owned.
Vehicles passed to Imperial, Outwell in 8/2015 showing only preserved status, but the LRBC website was still active 1/2018.
Routemaster Buses, Crewe, Cheshire 490 CLT
ALM 59B
JJD 515D
Routemaster (RMC1490)
Routemaster (RM2059)
Routemaster (RML2515)
in service
in service
in service
1/2015
1/2015
5/2015
Wedding and private hire vehicles
King Harry Coaches (Falmouth Coaches), Falmouth, Cornwall AFJ 77B
KJH 230G

 
Reliance/Harrington
Reliance/Plaxton
in service (semi preserved)
in service (semi preserved)
8/2015
9/2012

For private hire use.
 

Stagecoach North West, Cumbria CUV 286C
NML 657E
SMK 671F
Routemaster (RML2286)
Routemaster (RML2657)
Routemaster (RML2671)

stored - source of spares
reserve (Kendal)
in service (Kendal)

2/2018
4/2018
4/2018
RML2671 is a special events vehicle at Kendal. RML2286 is a source of spares for RML2671. RML2657 transferred from Cheltenham & Gloucester in 2018.
Midland Classic Coaches, Church Gresley, Derbyshire 798 UXA (168 CLT) Routemaster (RM1168) in service 8/2017 Used for wedding hires and tours.
South Devon Rail Road Services, Paignton, Devon ALD 872B Routemaster (RM1872) in service for private hire 11/2017 Also used on services in connection with the South Devon Railway. Acquired from the Ron Greet collection
Stagecoach Devon, Exeter, Devon JJD 451D Routemaster (RML2451) preserved/special duties 5/2016  
Route 24 Buses, Bournemouth, Dorset VLT 24 Routemaster (RM24) in service for private hire and weddings 5/2017 Still AEC engined and in original condition
Romeround, Bournemouth, Dorset CUV 186C Routemaster (RM2186) in service for private hire 5/2017  
Shaftesbury & District, Shaftesbury, Dorset 654 DYE
OLD 564
MXX 398
Routemaster (RM1654)
Regent III (RT4777)
Regal IV (RF421)
in service for private hire
in service for private hire
in service for private hire

4/2015
4/2015
4/2015

All in service for private hire and weddings. The forward entrance routemaster KGJ 603D has been sold.
Marden Commercials, Benfleet, Essex LDS 164A (WLT 978) Routemaster open-top (RM978) in service for private hire 6/2016 In service for private hire and weddings. AEC Regent RT2976 (NLE 744) is owned but not in service.
Blueline Travel, Southend, Essex HSL 660 (WLT 981)
JJD 591D
NML 613E
Routemaster open-top (RM891)
Routemaster open-top (2591)
Routemaster (RML2613)
in service for private hire
stored
in service for private hire
8/2014
8/2014
8/2014
 

Ensignbus, Purfleet,
Essex
RT8 at Great Warley


FXT183
HLW 178
JXC 194
JXC 432
KGK 758
KYY 961
LLU 610
NXP 775
NXP 778
MXX 261
VLT 25
LDS 279A (VLT 54)
WLT 371
WLT 882
VYJ 808 (361 CLT)
485 CLT
513 CLT
843 DYE
CUV 226C
JJD 405D
JJD 588D
SMK 734F
NMY 634E
MLL 956

Regent III (RT8)
Regent III (RT191)
Regent III (RT1431)
Regent III (RT624)
Regent III (RT1499)
Regent III (RT3232)
Regent III (RT3251)
Regent III (RT4421)
Regent III (RT4424)
Regent III low height (RLH61)
Routemaster (RM25)
Routemaster (RM54)
Routemaster open-top (RM371)
Routemaster (ER882)
Routemaster (RM1361)
Routemaster (RMC1485)
Routemaster (RMC1513)
Routemaster (RM1843)
Routemaster (RCL2226)
Routemaster (RML2405)
Routemaster (RML2588)
Routemaster (RML2734)
Routemaster (RMA50)
Regal IV (RF319)

preserved/special duties
preserved/special duties
preserved/special duties
preserved/special duties
preserved/special duties
preserved/special duties
preserved/special duties
preserved/special duties
preserved/special duties
heritage fleet
private hire
private hire
heritage fleet
heritage fleet
private hire
private hire
heitage fleet
private hire
private hire
private hire
private hire
private hire
heritage fleet
private hire

5/2015
12/2013
12/2017
6/2012
12/2012
12/2017
8/2015
4/2014
12/2011
12/2013
7/2015
7/2015
6/2012
6/2015
12/2016
7/2015
12/2017
12/2016
8/2015
3/2018
12/2015
1/2017
12/2017
12/2012

Ensignbus maintain a fleet of ex London AECs in their heritage, private hire and special duties fleets. In addition to private hire and wedding duties they also appear at running days, special operating days and in exceptional situations such as London Buses service extras during tube/rail strikes (on which RT4421 was photographed in April 2014 and RCL2226, RM1361 and RT3251 in August 2015).
RM1361 is privately owned and operated on loan by Ensign.
RM54 and RMA50 have low-emission LEZ compliant engines so are the regular private hire RMs.
Preserved RT4599 (NLP 952, which is disguised with an open staircase to look like an older vehicle) was acquired in 2012. AEC Regal RF600 (NLE 600) is aslo preserved.
RML2480 (JJD 480D), RML2485 (JJD 485D) and
RML2596 (JJD 596D) are in dealer stock.
Updated July 2018.

Talisman, Great Bromley, Essex JJD 535D Routemaster (RML2535) for sale 11/2017  
Layer Marney Transport, Layer Marney, Essex JJD 398D Routemaster (RML2398) wedding/private hire 4/2015  
Cresta Coaches, Fareham, Hampshire ACX 785Y (TVH 138X) Reliance/Plaxton acquired 7/2016  
Knights Out, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire EPM 459T Reliance/Plaxton preserved 5/2016 This Reliance formerly available for contract work is now preserved, with the same owner.
Timebus Travel, St. Albans, Hertfordshire

MXX 223
MXX 468
WLT 450
WSJ 737 (WLT 479)
CUV 221C
CUV 263C
CUV 310C
JJD 389D
JJD 442D
JJD 527D
OYM 453A (VLT 29)
477 CLT
KGJ 612D
NMY 646E

Regent, ex RLH23
Regal IV, ex RF491
Routemaster (open-top)
Routemaster (open-top)
Routemaster (RCL2221)
Routemaster (RML2263)
Routemaster (RML2310)
Routemaster (RML2389)
Routemaster (RML2442)
Routemaster (RML2527)
Routemaster (RM29)
Routemaster coach (RMC1477)
Routemaster (ex BEA RMA37)

Routemaster (ex BEA RMA9)
in service
in service
in service
in service
in service
in service
in service
in service
in service
in service
in service
in service
in service

in service

2/2018
2/2018
2/2018
2/2018
2/2018
2/2018
2/2018
2/2018
2/2018
2/2018
2/2018
2/2018
2/2018
2/2018

All in service vehicles are available for private hire.
Also owned is former RLH44 last used as a uniform store, RLH29 (undergoing rebuild), RLH32 (preserved and rallied), and a Leyland PS1, JXC 282 (TD89).
Routemaster Hire, Welham Green, Hertfordshire JJD 374D
JJD 390D
JJD 548D
Routemaster (RML2374)
Routemaster (RML2390)
Routemaster (RML2548)
in service
in service
in service
7/2016
12/2016
10/2015
For weddings and private hire.
Sullivan, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire/London 69 CLT
CUV 272C
JJD 428D

Routemaster (RM1069)
Routemaster (RML2272)
Routemaster (RML2428)

in service (LT red livery)
in service (1980s livery)
in service (Lincoln green)

3/2015
12/2017
3/2015

In the heritage fleet for promotional work and hires. A Regent (RT1107) is also owned but not in service.
Autocar, Five Oak Green, Kent 123 CLT
ALM 11B
677 DYE (WLT 752)
WLT 951
MXX 472
Routemaster (RM1123)
Routemaster (RM2011)
Routemaster open-top (RM752)
Routemaster (RM951)
Regal IV (RF495/RF592)
in service
in service
in service
in service
acquired
6/2013
3/2012
5/2016
8/2015
3/2012
9/2012
Used for the Special Days Bus Hire branded private hire operation, and also appear at running days. RM951 was brought back from a Florida theme park and RF495 bought from preservation in 2012 currently with the identity of green RF592. RM752 carried the registration number EAS 543 before acquiring the registration of former RM1677. 
Old London Bus, Hawkhurst, Kent NLE 918
KYY 872

JJD 539D
Regent III (RT3028)
Regent III (RT3413)
Routemaster (RML2539)
weddding/private hire
preserved/under restoration

weddding/private hire
6/2017
6/2017
6/2017
 
Gilkes, West Kingsdown, Kent LCX 159W Reliance/Plaxton out of service 3/2010 bought in 12/2004 but pictured in a derelict state in March 2010
Go-coach Hire, Swanley, Kent JJD 472D
SMK 699F
Routemaster (RML2472)
Routemaster (RML2699)
in service
in service
12/2017
12/2017
Also run some summer services to Knole House near Sevenoaks.
London Retro Bus Hire, Longfield, Kent MXX 466
AML 97H
865 UXC (WLT 385)
SMK 702F
Regal IV (RF489)
Swift
Routemaster (RM835)
Routemaster (RML2702)
Acquired
in service for private hire

in service for private hire
in service for private hire
 
2/2015
3/2016
5/2016
9/2016 
Ex LT SMS97 was acquired in 2014 for use after many years in preservation. RF489 was acquired in 2015 but does not feature in their vehicles list. RM2702 is in cream and gold. Two ex LT Fleetlines are also owned.
Rorkies Bus, Margate, Kent JJD 454D Routemaster (RML2454) in service for private hire 1/2017 For wedding and private hires.
Waymour Bus Hire, Longfield, Kent 865 UXC (WLT 385) Routemaster (RM385) acquired 10/2016  
Redroute Buses (London Classic Bus Hire), Northfleet, Kent 255 UXO (WLT 888)
799 DYE
CUV 322C
JJD 402D
Routemaster (RML888)
Routemaster (RM1799)
Routemaster (RML2322) Routemaster (RML2402)
in service for private hire
in service for private hire
in service for private hire
in service for private hire
3/2017
7/2016
7/2016
8/2014
For wedding and private hires.
Routemaster Travel South, Gillingham, Kent

WLT 898
WLT 357

Routemaster (RML898)
Routemaster (RM357)
in service for private hire
in service for private hire
8/2015
4/2012

ex Blue Triangle
ex Watford & District
both retain AEC engines

Travelmasters, Sheerness, Kent SMK 725F Routemaster (RML2725) preserved 4/2011 Appears to be preserved rather than used for private hire.
Marshopper, New Romney, Kent JJD 532D Routemaster (RML2532) in service for private hire use and hire to other operators

8/2017

 
YMS, Canterbury, Kent SMK 751F Routemaster (RML2751) in service 4/2018 Wedding/private hire.
Traditional Travel, Bromley, Kent/London 87 CLT
CUV 301C
CUV 308C
JJD 380D
JJD 483D
JJD 414D
Routemaster open-top (RM1087)
Routemaster (RML2301)
Routemaster (RML2308)
Routemaster (RML2380)
Routemaster (RML2483)
Routemaster (RML2414)

in service
in service
in service
in service

in service
in service

1/2013
1/2013
1/2013
1/2013
1/2013
1/2013
Wedding/private hire.
London Vintage Bus Hire Ltd
Kent/London
RT3062 at Gt. Warley village in April 2009
RMC4 at Great Warley village in August 2011
RML900 on a London Transport tube strike extra service

Operational fleet
KXW 171
KYY 527
KYY 628
KYY 957
KYY 967 (KYY 927)
LLU 670
LLU 732

LYR 854
MLL 567
MXX 289
SLT 59
VLT 298
WLT 893
WLT 897
215 UXJ (WLT 899)
WLT 900
WLT 902
159 CLT
ALD 966B
ALD 993B
CUV 260C
CUV 331C
NMY 631E
FPT 581C
VLW 539G
AML 1H

Preserved/others
CXX 457
'PVA 015' (JXC 77)
KGK 709
KGK 938
KGK 959
KGU 235
KGU 290
KXW 304
KXW 488
'PVA 019' (LYF 247)
LYR 969
MLL 658
MXX 269
MXX 271
NXP 778

'PVA 021' (OLD 768)
'PVA 026' (OLD 559)
OLD 587
MLL 523
MLL 722
MLL 735
MXX 25
NLE 636
NLE 643
VLT 111
VLT 268
WLT 646
9 CLT
516 CLT
ALD 936B
AML 88H
JPA 121K
JPF 108K
JPF 113K
HKL 836
OPV 47 

 
Regent III (RT3062)
Regent III (RT1700)
Regent III (RT1790)
Regent III (RT3228)
Regent III (RT3238 ex RT3198)
Regent III (RT3871)
Regent III (RT3933)
Regent III open-top (RT3435)
Regal IV (RF180)
Regal IV (RF401)
Routemaster (CRL4, RMC4)
Routemaster (RM298)
Routemaster (RML893)
Routemaster (RML897)
Routemaster (RML899)
Routemaster (RML900)
Routemaster (RML902)
Routemaster open-top (RM1159)
Routemaster (RM1966)
Routemaster (RM1993)
Routemaster (RCL2260)
Routemaster (RML2331)
Routemaster (RMA48)
Routemaster ("Bertie")
AEC Merlin (MBS539)
AEC Swift (SM1)

 
Regent I (STL1470, 971J)
Regent III (RT714)
Regent III (RT1240)
Regent III (RT2129)
Regent III (RT2150)
Regent III (RT961)
Regent III (RT1530)
Regent III (RT1658)
Regent III (RT1389)
Regent III (RT4188)
Regent III (RT2799)
Regent III (RT2911)
Regent III (RLH69)
Regent III (RLH71)
Regent III (RT4424)

Regent III (RT4548)
Regent III (RT4772)
Regent III (RT4823)
Regal IV (RF136)
Regal IV (BEA)
Regal IV (BEA)
Regal IV (RF383)
Regal IV (RF636)
Regal IV (RF643)
Routemaster (RM111)
Routemaster (RM268)
Routemaster (RM646)
Routemaster (RM1009)
Routemaster (RMC1516)
Routemaster (RM1936)
Swift/Park Royal (SMS88)
Reliance/Park Royal (RP21)
Swift/Alexander (SMA8)
Swift/Alexander (SMA13)
Regal open-top/Beadle
Regent I (ex Ipswich)

 
special duties
in service/private hire
in service/private hire
in service/private hire

in service/private hire
in service/private hire
in service/private hire
private hire
in service
in service
special duties
in service/private hire
in service/private hire
in service/private hire

in service/private hire
in service/private hire
in service/private hire
in service/private hire
in service/private hire
in service/private hire
special duties
in service/private hire
in service/special duties
party bus
special duties
in service

 
preserved - tree lopper
awaiting restoration
parts donor - seatless
awaiting restoration
stored
preserved
awaiting restoration
parts donor
stored - possibly scrapped
awaiting restoration
stored
stored
awaiting restoration
awaiting restoration
awaiting restoration

awaiting restoration
awaiting restoration
parts donor
awaiting restoration

awaiting restoration
awaiting restoration
preserved
preserved
preserved
stored
stored
stored
stored - possibly scrapped
preserved
stored
awaiting restoration
preserved
stored
under restoration

preserved
stored since 2003

 
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5/2018
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The company changed name form London Bus Company in November 2017 and has operating centres at Northfleet and the Epping Ongar Railway. The operational RFs, RTs, RMs and SM1  operate on the Epping Ongar Railway services during the summer.

Operational double deckers (including Leyland Titan KGK 575, which looks like an RT) form the Private Hire / Wedding fleet, and occasionally run service extras on hire to Transport for London during tube and DLR strikes (on which RT1700 is pictured in August 2015 and RML900 in March 2018).

Operational and active preseved vehicles also appear at running days, and rallies. They can also be seen at film set locations, often in the Blackfriars area.

Other former LT vehicles of non-AEC types are also owned, in the preserved and operational fleets.

CRL4 is the prototype Routemaster coach.

'PVA 015', 'PVA 019', 'PVA 021' and 'PVA 026' are four of the RTs repatriated from Abegweit (Niagara Tours), Canada. They are currently stored unregistered and will not have those registrations in the UK. Others got their original UK registrations back.

Updated May 2018.

Catch 22 Bus, Blackpool. Lancashire BNK 324A (568 CLT)
583 CLT
CUV 290C
Routemaster (RM1568)
Routemaster (RM1583)
Routemaster (RM2290)
unknown
in service
in service
9/2013
5/2017
4/2018
RM1583 and RML2290 are in use for Wedding Hire and Private Hire.
RM1568 was last used by
Classic Bus North West in 2013.
Morecambe Heritage Bus, Morecombe, Lancashire KTF 591
YTJ ?D
Regent III open-top
Renown/East Lancs
stolen!
under restoration
2014
5/2015
The original ex Morecambe & Heysham RT style open-top Regent has been stolen. An ex Leigh Renown has been acquired for restoration, and the company has access to other heritage vehicles to maintain the business.

Dodd, Belton, Lincolnshire

AUA 435J Reliance/Plaxton unknown   Not reported active recently but still licensed with DVLA in April 2013..
Arriva London, London
RM6 at the Detling rally in April 2018

VLT 5
VLT 6
VYJ 806 (124 CLT)
CUV 217C
453 CLT
464 CLT
WLT 901
CUV 360C

Routemaster
Routemaster
Routemaster
Routemaster
Routemaster
Routemaster open-top
Routemaster
Routemaster

for special events
for special events
for special events
for special events
for special events
for special events
for special events
exhibition bus
11/2016
4/2018
12/2011
12/2017
4/2018
11/2017
2/2018
4/2016
RMs 5, 6, 1124, 2217, RMC 1453/64 and RML901 are in the Arriva London heritage fleet. Exhibition bus RML2360 is looked after on behalf of the LT Museum. The last standard length RM built, RM2217 ran the official "last Routemaster" journey on the 159. They often appear at rallies: RMC1453 and RML2360 are pictured at the Alton rally in July 2007, RMC1464 at Detling in April 2011, RM6 at Detling in April 2018.
International Coachlines, Thornton Heath, London VLT 259 Routemaster (RM259) in service 10/2009 For private hires and occasional use on school contracts
London Retro Bus Hire, London SMK 679F
SMK 732F
AML 97H
Routemaster (RM2679)
Routemaster (RM2732)
Swift (SMS97)
in service
in service
in service
9/2016
6/2016
6/2016
Ex London Transport Swift and Routemasters for private hires and weddings
London Central and London General (Go-Ahead London), London
VLT 9
WLT 516 (CUV 283C)
CUV 305C
CUV 318C
NML 604E
Routemaster
Routemaster
Routemaster
Routemaster open-top
Routemaster
for special events
for special events
for special events
for special events
for special events
8/2017
9/2017
10/2017
9/2017
9/2017
RM9, DRM2516 (ex RML2283). RML2305, RML2604 and open-top RML2318 are in the commercial fleet for special events. WLT 516 is the former RML2283 with the platform doors and registration number from an earlier vehicle numbered DRM2516.
London United, London WLT 880 Routemaster (RML880) for private hire 8/2010 The first RML, still known as ER880 and now in red following a spell in special livery.
Metroline, London

WLT 644
WLT 903

Routemaster open-top (RM644)
Routemaster (RM903)
for private hire
for special events
4/2018
4/2018
RM644 is an open-top hire vehicle. RM903 retains AEC engine and original tungsten lights and appears at rallies as well as special events
CBM Vehicle Services, Red Bus Events, Croydon, London WLT 545 Routemaster (RM545) in service for private hire 5/2018 Also attends rallies and was pictured in August 2015 helping out on Tube strike extras
redroutemaster.com, Brentford, London 86 CLT
CUV 323C
CUV 366C
NMY 655E
SMK 682F
SMK 683F
Routemaster (RM1086)
Routemaster (RML2323)
Routemaster (RML2366)
Routemaster (RMA58)
Routemaster (RML2682)
Routemaster (RML2683)
under restoration
in service
in service
in service
in service
in service
2/2016
12/2017
2/2016
2/2016
7/2017
2/2016
In service for private hire and film work. RMA58 is a former BEA model that previously ran with Ensignbus. RML2323 was previously preserved in green livery.
Rent A Routemaster, Ruislip, London 840 DYE
JJD 455D
MXX 8
Routemaster (RM1840)
Routemaster (RML2455)
Regal (IV (RF366)
in service
in service
in service
3/2017
3/2017
3/2017
For wedding and private hires. RF366 was acquired from preservation.
Stagecoach London, London SMK 760F Routemaster (RML2760) preserved/for special events 5/2014 The last Routemaster delivered new to London Transport. Currently on long term loan to the LBM and only used for special events.
The Expeditional, South Woodford, London NML 649E
SMK 679F
Routemaster (RML2649)
Routemaster open-top (2679)
for private hire
for private hire
7/2015
7/2015
Another RM is als owned
Peoplesbus, Liverpool, Merseyside XVS 830 (ex VLT 180) Routemaster (RM180) acquired 3/2014  
Bus and Us, Melton Constable, Norfolk CUV 231C
JJD 480D
SMK 737F
Routemaster (RML2321)
Routemaster (RML2480)
Routemaster (RML2737)
in service
acquired
in service
10/2015
4/2016
10/2015
in use for weddings and private hire
A Route 2 Hire, Towcester, Northamptonshire 403 CLT
CUV 271C
SMK 674F
Routemaster (open-top)
Routemaster (RM2271)
Routemaster (RML2674)
in service
in service
in service
3/2012
3/2012
9/2014
RM1403 returned to service by its preservation owner, and RM2271/RML2674 bought from preservation to join it.
Henry Cooper Coaches, Cramlington, Northumberland MFF 580 (ex WLT 931)
218 CLT
562 CLT
640 DYE

 
Routemaster (RM931)
Routemaster (RM1218)
Routemaster (RM1562)
Routemaster (RM1640)
in service - private hire
in service - private hire
in service - private hire
in service - private hire
4/2016
4/2016
5/2016
8/2017
RMs1218, 1562, 1640 acquired from TfL in 2015 after route 9H ceased operation. RMs 1204, 1735, 1776 and 1913 also acquired as dealer stock, and 1204, 1735, 1913 since sold.
Chain Bridge Honey Farm, Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland JJD 554D Routemaster (RML2554) status unknown 9/2008 Used for private hire in the Northumberland and Scottish Lowlands areas. Sister RML2416 has been sold and 2554 may be also.
Blackmore Commercials, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NML 619E Routemaster (RML2619) preserved/in service 11/2014 available for private hire
Exclusive Cars, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire ALM 33B
VLT 108
SSL 806 (VLT 121)
NMY 637R
KNU 446
Routemaster (RM2033)
Routemaster (RM108)
Routemaster (RM121)
Routemaster (RMA52)
Regal/Willowbrook coach
in service
in service
in service
in service
in service
4/2012
4/2012
4/2012
4/2012
4/2012
All are available for wedding and corporate hire in the Nottingham area, RMA52 is a forward entrance ex BEA model. The Regal dates from 1946.
Thompson, Retford, Nottinghamshire NML 616E Routemaster (RML2616) acquired 3/2010 will be used for wedding and corporate work following refurbishment
Nostagia Travel, North Hinksey, Oxon

KGJ 117A (528 CLT)
JJD 430D

Routemaster (RM1528)
Routemaster (RML2430)
in service
in service
5/2018
5/2018
For wedding and private hire, often seen in Oxford. The company have other vehicles including a Bristol Lodekka and VR.
Shuttle Buses, Kilwinning, Scotland TKC 833T (875 YYA, DKC 359T) Reliance/Plaxton
 
in service
 
4/2018 Re-entered service in 2016 after four years, and available for school contracts and private hires
Edinburgh Bus Tours, Lothian, Scotland VLT 281 Routemaster (RM281) preserved/in service 9/2017

Former open-top extended Routemaster former ERM281 is now reroofed and in the Lothian/EBT heritage fleet.
Of the other former Mac Tours open-top or part open-top Routemasters, 
ERM80, ERM84, ERM94, ERM143, ERM163, ERM235, ERM237 and ERM242 are in store. RCL2241 (CUV 241C), RCL2248 (CUV 248C), and ERM90 (JSJ 748 ex VLT 90).

The Red Bus, Lothian, Scotland WLT 737
WLT 875
353 CLT
Routemaster (RM737)
Routemaster (RM875)
Routemaster (RM1353)
in service
in service

in service
7/2017
11/2016
7/2017
For wedding and private hire in Edinburgh and Dunfermline areas.
Bath Bus Company, Bath, Somerset ALD 978B
SMK 665F
Routemaster (RM1978)Routemaster (RML2665) private hire/special events
private hire/special events
8/2017
6/2017
Sometimes used on Glastonbury shuttles. Bath Bus Company also organise the annual Imberbus Routemaster event, see above.
Big Red Bus (Letts), Milborne Port, Somerset NMY 662E
 
Routemaster
 
wedding/private hire
 
11/2016
 
Former BEA front entrance Routemasters. Sister NMY 665E is withdrawn but still owned.
Regency Road Touring, Northwich, Staffs WFR 167K Reliance/Plaxton in service 4/2013 ex Abbott, Blackpool, for tour work
The Bus Club (Routemasters for Hire), Tadworth, Surrey SMK 710F
SMK 727F
JJD 445D
CUV 107C
SMK 676F
Routemaster (RML2710)
Routemaster (RML2727)
Routemaster (RML2445)
Routemaster (RM2107)
Routemaster (RML2676)
possibly sold
in service
in service
in service
acquired
10/2014
06/2011
06/2011
10/2010
2/2014
RML2710 and 2727 ex International Coach Lines and RML2445 ex Redroute Buses. RM2107 ex Countryliner, RML2676 ex preservation. All available for private hire.
Classic Country Bus, Surrey/West Sussex NLE 644 Regal IV (RF644) in service 7/2017 For wedding and private hires. Restored to service in 2008.
Pavilion Coaches, Hove,
E. Sussex
NLE 701 Leyland RTL in service for wedding hires etc. 2/2017 not actually an AEC but listed here for people looking for a wedding hire bus in Sussex
Brighton & Hove, Brighton, E. Sussex CUV 317C Routemaster (RML2317) in service 7/2017 used for private hire and special events
O. R. Jones, Llanfethnu (Anglesey), North Wales LPT 328 Regal III / Burlingham coach preserved/in service 8/2015 Was previously with Silver Star. Last pictured on hire work in May 2013, so may now be preserved only.
Routemaster999, Llandudno, North Wales WLT 999 (WVS 423) Routemaster (RM999) in service for private hire 11/2017 Previously registered WVS 423 with Reading Heritage Travel, it now has its original registration back.
Routemaster4hire, Wrexham, North Wales SVS 618 (WLT 548)WLT 765
783 CLT
Routemaster (RM548)Routemaster (RM765)
Routemaster open-top (1783)
in service for private hire
in service for private hire

in service for private hire
12/2017
7/2017
6/2018
RM446 (VLT 446) is also owned and being prepared for service
LondonBus4Hire, Monmouthshire, South Wales 357 CLT
CUV 306C
JJD 393D
JJD 583D
JJD 579D
SMK 674F
Routemaster (RM1357)
Routemaster (RML2306)
Routemaster (RML2393)
Routemaster (RML2583)
Routemaster (RML2579)
Routemaster (RML2684)
in service for private hire
acquired
acquired
in service for private hire

acquired
acquired
7/2017
6/2017
6/2017
10/2016

6/2017
6/2017
RM188 (VLT 188) is also reported here although pictured with its Berkshire preservation owner in June 2017 and still claimed as available on the Reading Big Red Bus website.
 
Swansea Transport Museum, Swansea, South Wales WWN 191 Reliance/Harrington private hire 11/2015 Swansea Bus Museum has a private hire operation using this vehicle
Midland Red South, Stratford and Rugby, Warwickshire JJD 565D
SMK 738F
Routemaster (RML2565)
Routemaster (RML2738)
in service for private hire
in service for private hire
2/2018
5/2018
RML2565 acquired with takeover of Stratford Blue from Ensign. In SB livery and also used for special events. RML2738 based at Rugby.
Central Buses, Birmingham, West Midlands JJD 411D
CUV 220C
Routemaster (RML2411)
Routemaster (RCL2220)
private/wedding hire
private/wedding hire
 
2/2018
7/2015
RCL2220 is convertable open-top, and acquired from Stephensons of Rochford in 2014.
Southdown Historic Vehicles, Worthing, West Sussex NMY 648E Routemaster (RMA11) acquired 1/2016 Acquired fron Ensign. The company offer a vintage hire service although NMY does not appears on their website.
Southern Transit, Beeding, West Sussex NXP 796
VLT 116
CUV 179C

SMK 660F
Regent III (RT4442)
Routemaster (RM116)
Routemaster (RM2179)
Routemaster (RML2660)
under restoration
preserved/special events
private hire/special events

private hire/special events
1/2017
5/2018
5/2018
5/2018
RML2755 was on loan here but has returned to its private owner. RM116 acquired from preservation. Preserved RML2742 (SMK 742F) is also owned.
Also operate service 3 on some bank holidays (see above).
Premier, Crawley, West Sussex KXW 495 Regent III (RT1396) acquired 2016  
Wilfreda Beehive, Doncaster, S. Yorkshire CUV 280C Routemaster (RML2280) in service 2/2017  
Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company (Halifax Joint Committee), Halifax, West Yorkshire LJX 198
PFN 858
MDJ 918E
3747 RH
214 CLT
BOW 503C
KOW 902F
LYF 316
KYY 883

Regent V/Weymann
Regent V/Park Royal
Regent V/MCW
Renown/Park Royal

Routemaster (RM1214)
Regent V/Neepsend
Regent V/Neepsend
Regent III (RT2591)
Regent III (RT3154)

heritage fleet
heritage fleet
heritage fleet
heritage fleet
heritage fleet
acquired
acquired
in service for private hire
heritage fleet
10/2011
3/2015
10/2011
10/2011
10/2011
2/2011
2/2011
8/2012
8/2012
The four Regents new to Hebble, East Kent, St. Helens and East Yorkshire, are in Halifax Joint Commitee livery alongside two Leyland PD2 open-toppers. The Routemaster has been painted back into London red. The two ex Southampton Regents were bought from preservation in 2011.
York Pullman, York, Yorkshire 792 UXA (WLT 787)
WLT 329
Routemaster (RM787)
Routemaster (RM329)
in service
in service
5/2012
5/2012
for private hire and weddings
Red Bus Days, Keighley, West Yorkshire JJD 475D
KGJ 603D
Routemaster (RML2475)
Routemaster (ex BEA)

in service
in service

4/2016
6/2015
For private hire and weddings. KGJ bought from Shaftesbury & District, who had lengthened it and fitted a central staircase, numbered RME1.
KBMT, Keighley, West Yorkshire XYJ 418 (WLT 736) Routemaster (RM736) in service 2/2007 for private hire and weddings
     

 

   

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