RM2153 has been used for promotional work in Austria but was
for sale in October 2012.
David Griffiths sent this picture of AEC Routemaster RM798
which he owns. David lives in Zamek Borec and drove the bus
from Barnsley himself after buying it in 1999. It is pictured
outside the Culture House in Chlumec. David says he has received
many offers to buy it from Czech business men, but will not
sell for any price!
CYPRUS Kelvin Williams reports that
RM851 (WLT851) is alive and living in the sun in the Ayia
Napa Area of Cyprus. It is in the livery of a local Real
Estate company and can be seen almost daily somewhere between
Ayia Napa and Protaras areas. He has noticed it parked-up
at night near the local village of Sotira, in a compound
adjacent to a petrol station. Unfortunately he couldn't
get a photo, but she looks very impressive and is now open
top. Kelvin has seen this bus in October 07 and June 08
- and would welcome any former history of this car prior
to her arrival on the island. Kelvinpwilliams@aol.com
Bernard Chandler-Honnor sent the picture.
Londonbus France have a number of former LT Regent IIIs in
their fleet, including Saunders bodied RT1400 and Weymann
bodied RT1282. Up to 11 RTs may remain operational, and there
are also two Routemasters. They are used for private hire
and publicity purposes. Ron Clarke sent these pictures of
RT1282 promoting a mobile telephone company in Gueret in central
France in September 2009 (the man with the bucket is the owner!)
Thanks to Brian Watkinson for clarifying this entry. Further
pictures, including some previously owned but since sold,
are at this Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/34955393@N04/sets/72157625886440656/
Royal London Bus run a sightseeing tour of Leipzig with Routemaster
RM641 (alongside a pair of Bristol Lodekkas). See http://www.royal-london-bus.de/.
Carsten Schürenberg of events agency BUS STOP Events GmBH
has sent this picture of RM2120 which is used for roadshows.
They've had some trouble wirth the water pump. If you know
where they can get a spare they'd like to know. Tel. 0201/43885936
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
GERMANY Hubertus Elster writes:
"my AEC Londonbus is used in Germany like a Coffeeshop.
We love him and try to set him in good conditions".
Thanks for the picture Hubertus. Can anyone identify this
Ex London Transport low-height AEC Regent RLH24 (MXX 224)
was spotted in Lorrach on a trip to the Christmas markets
in 2008. An Albion Lowlander was also present. Information
from John Murray.
Owner Ingomar Kieback restored ex City of Oxford AEC Renown
340 in 2010. It is in service with Bus
Passion for private hires and tours to Legoland Germany.
This Routemaster is in use as a playbus for for kids birthday
parties at the parking lot of a McDonald's restaurant in Schwerin,
Germany. It was pictured in April 2009 by Volker Pieruch.
RM88 (VLT 88) is currently a static snack vehicle at the Restaurant
Klosterschenke, Bad Herrenalb in southern Germany near Karlsruhe.
The bus is still in good working order and will be for sale
in 2013 when the owneer retires. It may return to the UK.
RM1182 is used in Athens for promotional work (roadshows etc.)
The owners occasionally require help finding spare parts,
so if you know of anywhere please contact them at email@example.com
Keleman Csaba writes (April 2003): I attach some pictures
about our 1965 Routemaster, working in Hungary. You can see,
the new costume of it, which will be worn for only one month.
We made several party in it. Can you tell me, where can we
buy parts for our bus (email to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Frank Cheevers sent this picture of one of the AEC Regents
that that were a special order for CIE to replace the railway
service between Waterford and Tramore. They had enormous boots
under the stairs to accomodate prams, so it is said.
formerly in possession at Marshopper was sold in January 2010
to a buyer in Venice, Italy, where it is being converted to
a bar/restauarant bus.
MALTA Malta still has a varied fleet
of expatriot British buses, many substantially rebuilt over
the years. These include former SM8 (now registered EBY
625) whose owner Paul Spiteri (email@example.com) would
like to receive any photos of it. A lists of the status
of all 60 ex London Swifts that moved to the island, and
a list and pictures of AECs still operational, can be found
on the Malta page. A recent arrival
on the island is an ex Big Bus Company open-top Routemaster
(new to Northern General).
More pictures of AEC Swifts in Malta can
be found at Keith Till's Malta
bus photos site.
Preserved Malta Regal
exciting preservation project in 2008 is 1947 AEC Regal chassis,
new as KUM 386 with Wallace Arnold, and last owned by Cancu
Supreme Travel but not operated by them. The plan is to create
a new replica Duple body for the chassis. More information
Between 1955 and about 1974 the Dutch bus company LTM used
a number of AECs Regal Mk IV, all with bodywork by Roset (Bergen-op-Zoom).
I pictured one of the few used since 1971 in the summer of
that year in Heerlen. It's LTM 5731 used on a not-too-busy
route on a beautiful day in June 1971. Of all these AECs,
only one was saved for preservation. If you're interested,
I've a complete list of AECs, that were used by NS-owned bus
companies in Holland between 1955 and 1974. Photo
and caption by Jan Emmelkamp (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In June 1953, the OAD in Holten put in service two AECs, type
Regal Mark IV 9831S with bodywork by Den Oudsten. These two
buses seated 50 and were used as coaches. After the "oil
crisis" at the end of 1973, both were put to a less intensive
use as schoolbuses. The OAD 50 was preserved as a working
museumbus by the OAD, bus 51 was sold for scrap. The picture
shows museumbus 50 in Holten on July 16th, 1975. Photo
and caption by Jan Emmelkamp (email@example.com).
THE NETHERLANDS Another user of
Den Ousten bodied AEC Regals was GVBA Amsterdam. These pictures
were taken during the winter of 1973/74, the last period
that the GVBA Amsterdam used their two series of AECs:
- GVBA 206 AEC Regal Mk IV 9834E/Den Oudsten,
32/63, 1957, at the Amsterdam CS
- GVBA 209 at Amsterdam Central Station
- GVBA 225 at the Kamperbrug near the
Photos and caption by Jan
And here is one of those Dutch AEC Regals still in use as
a camper vehicle with the Familie Roos. More information about
their bus can be found on their website www.fam-roos.nl
This AEC Duple Elizabethan coach has latterly been languishing
on a dockside in Amsterdam, but was bought for preservation
in 2007. It is 26 HMD new to Gibson, Cockfosters, chassis
No MU3RV816 body Duple Brittania No 1066/7. Thanks to Rik
Krielaart for this information. Further pics & details from
THE NETHERLANDS Chris Yland advises
that AEC Regal mark III BG-TP-21 is owned by Tichelwerk
Recreatie in Ootmarsum. Thanks to John Wakefield this
has been identified as former Mulleys Motorways DFK 214.
Picture by Chris Yland..
For more pictures see the Tichelwerk
Recreatie website at www.kuiperberg.nl.
Click on the image of the Paris Renaults and then on Foto's
& Info to see the Regal.
Haugen writes (April 2003): For the last month or so a double-decker
bus has been parked close to my house here in Lillehammer,
Norway. Being interested in buses and also a member of the
Norwegian Bushistorical Society I had to do some studies of
it. I do not know much about English buses but in the front
it has a Regent logo and as far as I see then this most be
an AEC-bus. On searching the Internet to get this verified
I found the AEC Bus Site, so I thought perhaps you were interested.
Last saturday the local newspaper here in Lillehammer had
an article on the bus and an interview with the owners. In
this article it is said that the bus was built in 1963 and
was in regular service in Ipswich until 1998.
Geir Midtun adds: The bus is former SDX 61, ex. Ipswich Corporation
Transport. New 7/63. AEC Regent Mk V, chassis no. 2D2RA1203
It is now registered in Norway as HS 84899, and has been since
30/04/2003. (It is registered as a Leyland Regent). From taken
out of service in Ipswich in 1981 and until 2001 it served
as a playbus, and the playbus equipment, inflateable slide
etc., is still there. From 2001 to 2003 it was with an owner
in London who started to convert it to a mobile apartment,
but then it came to Norway. It was first used as a "graduation
bus" (or more "party bus") for a group of high school students,
then sold to the company that owns it today. What I would
have liked to know, is if the bus still had the SDX 61 license
plates when used as a playbus in High Wycombe and London.
You can contact Geir on firstname.lastname@example.org.
More info can be found at http://www.adventures.no/buss.asp
AMIBUS is a Portuguese bus fans association that gives all
the attention to anything concerning buses. As you know, AEC
was very important in our country. Unfortunately with the
ending of AEC we lost a bus that we were so used. It was so
normal to hear their sound in the cities or in the country...
Trying to preserve that feeling, AMIBUS saved two UTIC AEC's.
A U2035 C51D and a U2047 C55Dg. Both are equipped with AH691
units but the U2047 is a rear engined. These will be renovated
and the intention is to preserve the buses in their original
We also have a 1964 AH505 UTIC AEC U2001U that is in a very
poor condition. With time we believe that in some years it
will run again.
A selection of Portuguese AECs (UTIC and imported) from AMIBUS
can be seen on the AEC
Society's Photo Albums (on page 3).
PORTUGAL No. 259, the last of the
UTIC AECs to operate with Arriva Portugal in 2005, is now
preserved. Marco Lindo had posted some pictures of it and
some other of the AECs that were painted in Arriva livery
on the AEC Society Fotopic site, http://aec.fotopic.net/c20552.html
Marco André Reis Ferraz has sent these photos in Aveiro, PORTUGAL,
near to the Universidade de Aveiro. It is a famous café! This
AEC it does not move, had no engine, only the drivers place
and a small room on the 2nd floor. All 2nd floor was removed
and the back part it was cut off to made a door to the coffee
Petar Cvijetic sent these pictures of the Routemaster used
by his company Sightseeing & Rental Co. for transfer tours.
More info and pictures at www.serbianbus.com
SPAIN RM1171 [171CLT] is alive and
very well indeed, and garaged at the premises of Frahermar
Autocares, in La
Canada de San Urbano, 5km East of Almeria, SouthEast Spain.
It has the AEC AV590 engine, and is in excellent mechanical
condition. The body is also very good, but has been somewhat
modified for use as a promotional vehicle, having had a
4kva generator added under the staircase, and outward-opening
windows on the nearside, and all seating removed although
they still all exist in store. It is likely to remain with
this operator for quite some time to come. Information
from Roland Brindley.
SPAIN Manuel Mas, a Spanish Routemaster
enthusiast, has bought Routemaster RML2431. He's sent some
photos of when it arrived in Spain (Granada), and some more
pics of the restoration going on now. He writes: "It´s
been really hard for me restore my RML, but i´ve found some
goods mechanicals that are working hard on it. I´ve change
all the electric installation, cause as you know, RM has
the polarity change. The engine is a Cummins, and it look
to be in a good condition... I hope it goes well for a long
time, because it's very difficult for me to find parts here
in Spain. The gear box is another problem, because the bus
has a limit speed fn 60 km/h. Do you know if this can be
changed? I dont want to convert my RM to a Ferrari, but
I'd like it will to be able to make 80-90 km/h..!! ;-) My
purpose is to use my RM for publicity (Road-show and street
marketing), in fact, I´m working with a good mate who has
two RM (in cañada de San Urbano) and we have make a new
web to offer ours RM (www.distintoyespectacular.com) sorry
it hasn't an English version yet...we are working on it.
I hope you, and all the UK enthusiasts of RMs enjoy the
will, Manuel, and thanks. If anyone can help with his gearbox
question, Manuel can be contacted at email@example.com.
Cassepierre sent this picture of RM354, which is active in
Sweden for commercial use and registered MHN 438. The picture
is taken outside the Scandic Hotel in Orebro in April 2010.