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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.

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Last updated: 4th February 2014.

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. Anyone is welcome to visit the depot to look at the buses or join us on our routes. For more information visit www.cumbriaclassiccoaches.co.uk. Updated September 2009.
Cumbria
Lake District
SMK 671F Routemaster Stagecoach Routemaster RML2671 in London red livery works summer holiday service R1 from Bowness-Windermere. The last day of operation in 2013 was 2nd September. October 2013.
Devon
Buckfastleigh
VDV 818
ALD 872B
OD 7497
KOD 585
Regent V
Routemaster
Regent
Regent III
VDV 818, a 1957 AEC Regent V 470 in Devon General colours is operated in the summer months on a circular tour around Buckfastleigh, Devon, based on the South Devon Railway. It shares these duties with Scania powered Routemaster RM1872 which is owned by the railway trust, and other heritage buses and coaches belonging to Ron Greet Nostalgic Transport - which include 1934 AEC Regent OD 7497 and 1949 Regent III KOD 585. A timetable and days of operation can be found at the SDR website. Updated October 2011.
Essex
Colchester
JJD 535D Routemaster Used by Talisman Coach Lines as a poor weather substitute on the Colchester City Sightseeing open top tour. June 2009.
Essex
Epping-Ongar
See notes Regent III
Routemaster
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. Rouite 339 is ioperated by "RT" AEC Regents and "RTL" Leyland PD2s. Route 396 from Harlow is operated by "RF" AEC Regals. For route details and times see www.eorailway.co.uk. For details of the LBC fleet see the entry for LBC below. Updated June 2013.
Hampshire
Portsmouth
793 UXA Routemaster Local Haunts are running RM994 on their guided tour of Portsmouth and Southsea, once a day on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday (including August Bank Holiday Monday) throughout the Summer until the 29th September 2013. It is also available for private hire. Updated June 2013.
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

SMK 699F Routemaster Go Coach Hire are running Routemaster RML2699 on a service between Sevenoaks station and Knole House on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and weekends until 15 September 2013. Travel all day for just £2. The service is promoted by Southeastern trains - see poster here. June 2013.
Lancashire
Blackpool
202 UXJ (WLT 887)
568 CLT
Routemasters Classic Bus North West operates the Blackpool seafront service 12 during the summer. RM1568 and RM887 feature amongst a variety of vehicles used on the service. Updated November 2013.

London
TfL tourist route 9
First London special events vehicle RM1650 frequently appears at at running days in the SRM3 identity it carried during the 1977 Queen's silver jubilee.

204 CLT
218 CLT
280 CLT
562 CLT
627 DYE
640 DYE
650 DYE
735 DYE
776 DYE
ALD 913B

Routemasters

Marshall refurbished RMs 1204, 1218, 1280, 1562, 1627, 1640, 1735, 1776, 1913 are operated by Tower Transit on tourist service 9 from Royal Albert Hall to Trafalgar Square until 1830 Monday to Sunday daytimes, taken over form First. They have Cummins engines and are owned by TfL. RM1562 is unique in having a Cummins ISBE engine rather than the B series fitted to the other Marshall/Cummins conversions.
Silver RM1650 (SRM3) of First's special operations fleet also transferred to Tower Transit and also appears on the 9. Updated August 2013.

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. Updated September 2011.
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 and Edinburgh
Ghost Bus Tours

KGJ 641A (666 DYE)
JJD 516D

Routemasters The Time Tour run a see London by night tour branded as Ghost bus Tours, and a similar tour runs in Edinburgh. It is run with Routemasters including RM1666 and RML2516 in a black livery, although one regular performer RML2566 was unfortunately destroyed by fire. Updated September 2013.
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.
Norfolk
Great Yarmouth
NML 623E Routemaster RML2623 (39623) ran with Eastern Counties on service 3 at Great Yarmouth again in 2013. Updated November 2013.
Northumberland
Alnwick
JJD 528D
SMK 732F
Routemaster
Routemaster
Dreadnought Buses of Alnwick, operator of summer vintage bus services around the Northumberland coast, is using RML2732 on stage carriage work, private hire and the newly started “Tyne Idols” tour of Newcastle Upon Tyne. It retains its original London livery. RML2528 is also owned and more are expected. Updated July 2010.
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

JSJ 748 (291)
JSJ 747 (292)
JSJ 746 (293)
JSJ 729 (294)
VLT 143 (295)
VLT 163 (296)
VLT 235 (297)
VLT 237 (298)
VLT 242 (299)
VLT 281 (300)
CUV 241C (289)
CUV 248C (290)

Open top Routemasters

12 open-top or part open-top Routemasters are in the fleet of Lothian Transport owned Mac Tours.

In use are numbers 291-300, ex Original London Tour extended length open top Routemasters, ex ERM80, ERM84, ERM90, ERM94, ERM143, ERM163, ERM235, ERM237, ERM242, ERM281; and part open top RCL2241 (289), RCL2248 (290). RCL2241 and 2248 were originally Greenline coaches with platform doors. Former RM2203 (18) was sold to Ensign in 2012. Updated January 2013..

Sussex
Brighton and Sheffield Park
CUV 317C Routemaster Scania engined Routemaster RML2317, now owned by Brighton & Hove and repainted into Tilling red livery, runs on Bluebell Railway service 472 Brighton - Sheffield Park on Sundays and some Saturdays during the summer. Timetable and days of operation are at http://www.bluebell-railway.com/event/vintage-bus-472/. Updated April 2011.
Yorkshire
Scarborough
ALM 65B Open top Routemaster East Yorkshire 812 (ex RM2065) runs on the Bowls Green - Promenade open-top service in high summer (end of July to end of August), alongside a Bristol VR, and ran again in 2011. Updated September 2011.

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) acquired 9/2012 Ex London Heritage Travel
Lianne Coaches, Slough, Berkshire CUV 327C Routemaster (RML2327)
private hire 7/2012 .
First Berkshire, Berkshire 510 CLT
SMK 735F
Routemaster open-top (RMC1510)
Routemaster (RML2735)

private hire
private hire

6/2013
6/2013
Two of First's heritage Routemaster fleet transferred to Berkshire following the closure of London operations. Silver SRM3 (RM1650) passed to Tower Transit.
Red Routemaster Reading, Reading, Berkshire 462 CLT Routemaster (RMC1462) in service 6/2012 For wedding and private hire.
Reading Heritage Transport, Reading, Berkshire WLT 999 (ex WVS 423)
859 DYE
Routemaster (RM999)
Routemaster (RM1859)
in service (semi preserved)
in service (semi preserved)
6/2013
5/2012
For heritage operations and hires. Preserved in Reading Mainline livery. RM999 received its original registration back in June 2013.
London Bus Bristol, Bristol XVS 830 (VLT 180) Routemaster (RM180) in service 8/2009 For wedding and private hires (one of the Marshall rebuilds)
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
2/2009
2/2009
11/2008
11/2011
Available for wedding and private hires. Also used at running days. RML2700 is ex Memory Lane. RF504 was bought from preservation. Previously owned RT1396 was sold to Swansea Bus Museum.
Dave's Buses, High Wycombe, Bucks 448 UXS (ex WLT 848)
JJD 508D
Routemaster (RM848)
Routemaster (RML2508)
in service
acquired
11/2011
12/2012
For wedding and private hires.
Acquired ex Black & White Motorways.
Rent A Routemaster, High Wycombe, Bucks 840 DYE
MXX 8
Routemaster (RM1840)
Regal (IV (RF366)
in service
in service
6/2012
1/2013
For wedding and private hires. RF366 was acquired from preservation. RM848 of Dave's Buses (see above) is also pictured on the website so there may be some association.
ThisBus.com, Haddenham, Bucks
RML2261 passes Windsor castle during a running day in May  2009
CUV 261C
CUV 278C
CUV 335C
JJD 394D
JJD 408D
NML 634E
MXX 489

Routemaster (RML2261)
Routemaster (RML2278)
Routemaster (RML2335)
Routemaster (RML2394)
Routemaster (RML2408)
Routemaster (RML2634)
Regal IV (RF512)

in service
in service
in service
in service
in service
in service
acquired

4/2012
7/2013
10/2013
4/2012
4/2012
4/2012

11/2012

For wedding and private hires. Also used at running days. RML2278 and RML2335 were acquired from preservation in 2011, RF512 in 2012.
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
10/1012
10/1012
For wedding and private hires. Part open-top RM238 is for static use only.
Go Goodwins, Eccles, Manchester EUU 117J
WFR 167K
Reliance/Plaxton
Reliance/Plaxton
in service
in service
4/2013
4/2013
Used in the Goodwins Classic Tours business, which continues the operations of Regency Road Tours taken over in 2013
Routemaster Buses, Crewe, Cheshire 490 CLT
ALM 59B
JJD 418D
JJD 513D
Routemaster (RMC1490)
Routemaster (RM2059)
Routemaster (RML2418)
Routemaster (RML2515)
in service
in service
in service
in service
10/2008
10/2008
10/2008
10/2008
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)
9/2012
9/2012

For private hire use.

Western Greyhound, Newquay, Cornwall 62 CLT
NMY 648E
MLL 528 (ex MLL 589)
Routemaster (RM1062)
Routemaster (RMA11)
Regal IV (RF141)
for special events
for special events
preserved/special evants
7/2010
8/2008
6/2011
All in heritage fleet for special events, which include some running days on Newquay services. Greenline Regal RF141 was reregistered some time in the past and is officially preserved but available for special events. Preserved RML2737 is also owned.
Bowmans Coaches, Carlisle, Cumbria JVY 516
YEW 380T
Regal III/Barnaby
Reliance/Plaxton
in service
in service

1/2011
1/2011

JVY for weddings, private hire
YEW for mainly school contracts
Midland Classic Coaches, Church Gresley, Derbyshire 798 UXA (168 CLT)
Routemaster (RM1168)
in service
8/2008
Used for wedding hires and tours.
South Devon Rail Road Services, Paignton, Devon ALD 872B Routemaster (RM1872) in service for private hire 1/2013 Acquired from the Ron Greet collection
Stagecoach Devon, Exeter, Devon JJD 451D Routemaster (RM2451) acquired 10/2012 intended use unknown
Route 24 Buses, Bournemouth, Dorset VLT 24 Routemaster (RM24) in service for private hire and weddings 1/2012 Still AEC engined and in original condition
Romeround, Bournemouth, Dorset CUV 186C Routemaster (RM2186) in service for private hire 1/2013  
Shaftesbury & District, Shaftesbury, Dorset 654 DYE
KGJ 403D
OLD 564
MXX 398
Routemaster (RM1654)
Routemaster (RMA29)
Regent III (RT4777)
Regal IV (RF421)
in service for private hire
in service for private hire
in service for private hire
in service for private hire

6/2008
7/2011
7/2011
7/2011

RMA29 is numbered RME1 by S&D. All in service for private hire and weddings.
M&E, Rochfoed, Essex HSL 660 (WLT 981)
JJD 591D
Routemaster open-top (891)
Routemaster open-top (2591)
acquired
acquired
7/2013
7/2013
Acquired form Blueline Travel, Southend, intended use unknown.

Ensignbus, Purfleet,
Essex
RT3232 at Brentwood ona special service in April 2009



DLU 92
FXT183

HLW 178
JXC 194
JXC 432
KGK 758
KYY 961
NXP 775
MXX 261
VLT 25
LDS 279A (VLT 54)
WLT 371
WLT 882
VYJ 808 (361 CLT)
485 CLT
513 CLT
CUV 203C
CUV 226C
JJD 405D
JJD 588D
SMK 734F
NMY 634E
FPT 590C
MLL 952
MLL 956
XPK 51T

Regent O661 (STL2093)
Regent III (RT8)
Regent III (RT191)
Regent III (RT1431)
Regent III (RT624)
Regent III (RT1499)
Regent III (RT3232)
Regent III (RT4421)
Regent III low height (RLH61)
Routemaster (RM25)
Routemaster (RM54)
Routemaster open-top (371)
Routemaster (ER882)
Routemaster (RM1361)
Routemaster (RMC1485)
Routemaster (RMC1513)
Routemaster open-top (2203)
Routemaster (RCL2226)
Routemaster (RML2405)
Routemaster (RML2588)
Routemaster (RML2734)
Routemaster (RMA50)
Routemaster
Regal IV (RF315)
Regal IV (RF319)
Reliance/Duple (RB51)

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

4/2009
8/2011
12/2012
8/2011
4/2009
12/2012
4/2009
4/2009
8/2011
2/2011
8/2011
6/2012
11/2009
12/2009
12/2009
12/2012
6/2012
7/2006
5/2008
8/2012
1/2013
12/2009
6/2010
4/2010
12/2012
6/2012

Latest addition to the working fleet is RT191. Prewar RT8 (FXT 183) was restored to PSV status in 2010. Cravens bodied RT1499 is in green livery. RT1431 also has a Cravens body. The ex Memory Lane RF has returned to use in country green. The STL was acquired from the Cobham Bus Museum in 2009
RMC1485, RMA50 and open-top RM371 are three of seven former Lothian Buses (Mac Tours) Routemasters which were bought in 2009. Preserved RM2203 was added in June 2012.
RM1361 is privately owned and operated on loan by Ensign.
RM54 was the last RM to run on route 159 and has a low-emission LEZ compliant engine so is the regular private hire RM. Reliance RB51 was bought from preservation at the end of 2011 and has been restored for operational use.
Preserved RT3251 (LLU 610) and RT4599 (NLP 952, which is disguised with an open staircase to look like an older vehicle) were acquired in 2012. RMC1513 is in the preserved fleet and retains AEC engine and tungsten lights.

Imperial, Romford,
Essex
RM1641 on service 339 at Epping station
JXC 149
641 DYE
254 CLT
CUV 239C
VFV 907R
Regent III (RT786)
Routemaster (RM1641)
Routemaster (RMF1254)
Routemaster (RCL2239)
Reliance/Plaxton
wedding/private hire
wedding/private hire
wedding/private hire
wedding/private hire
stored out of service
1/2008
1/2008
1/2008
1/2008
5/2008
Also owned are RT lookalike Leyland PD2s RTL1256 and RTW KXW 435


Talisman, Great Bromley, Essex JJD 535D Routemaster (RML2535) in service 6/2010 special duties
Layer Marney Transport, Layer Marney, Essex JJD 398D Routemaster (RML2398) wedding/private hire 6/2010  
Blue Line, Southend, Essex SMK 697F Routemaster (RML2697) for sale 1/2013 Converted to open top and for sale Jan 2013.
Stephensons, Rochford, Essex CUV 220C
FPT 590C
Routemaster (RCL2220)
Routemaster
acquired
acquired
11/2013
11/2013
RCL2220 is convertable open-top, and acquired from Ensign in 2013. The ex Northern General forward entrance Routemaster also came from Ensign.
Stagecoach Cheltenham & Gloucester, Gloucs NML 657E Routemaster (RML2657) preserved/special duties 8/2012 Special events vehicles at Gloucester depot . It also occasionally works contract/special services and appears at rallies in the area.
Warners Bus and Coach, Gloucs WLT 713 (SMK 721F) Routemaster (RML2721) in service for private hire 7/2009 Info from proprietor. To hire telephone 01684 292108.
King Alfred Heritage Hire, Winchester, Hampshire NJV 995
KLB 596
865 UXC (WLT 385)
Bridgemaster open-top
Regent III (RT1347)
Routemaster (RM385)
wedding/private hire
wedding/private hire
acquired
6/2013
6/2013
2/2013
King Alfred is a trading name of Black & White Motorways. The Bridgemaster was new to Grimsby-Cleethorpes. Routemaster RML2508 was sold in 2012.
Mervyns Coaches, Innersdown, Hampshire AOW 383 Regal/Harrington coach under restoration 12/2009 Built 1937. Intended use unknown, possibly just a preservation porject.
Xelabus, Eastleigh, Hampshire SMK 679F Routemaster (RML2679) wedding/private hire 1/2012 Private hire
Routemaster Hire, Knebworth, Hertfordshire JJD 374D
JJD 390D
JJD 548D
Routemaster (RML2374)
Routemaster (RML2390)
Routemaster (RML2548)
in service
in service
in service
12/2011
12/2011
12/2011
For weddings and private hire.
Sullivan, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire/London 215 UXJ (WLT 889)
69 CLT
CUV 272C
JJD 428D

Routemaster (RML889)
Routemaster (RM1069)
Routemaster (RML2272)
Routemaster (RML2428)

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

8/2010
8/2010
8/2010
8/2010

In the heritage fleet for promotional work and hires. A Regent (RT1107) is also owned but not in service. RMC1487 and RML2429 were owned but withdrawn in 2011.
Autocar, Five Oak Green, Kent 123 CLT
ALM 11B
EAS 543 (WLT 752)
WLT 951
FPT 603C
MXX 472
Routemaster (RM1123)
Routemaster (RM2011)
Routemaster open-top (RM752)
Routemaster (RM951)
Routemaster (front entrance)
Regal IV (RF495/RF592)
in service
in service
in service
acquired
in service
acquired
3/2012
3/2012
3/2012
6/2012
3/2012
9/2012
Used for the Special Days Bus Hire branded private hire operation, and also appear at running days. FPT 603C was new to Northern General and bought from Big Bus, London.
RM951 was brought back from a Florida theme park and RF495 bought from preservation in 2012 currently with the identity of green RF592.
Gilkes, West Kingsdown, Kent WKG 287
LCX 159W
Reliance/Willowbook bus
Reliance/Plaxton
acquired
acquired
1/2005
12/2004
bought from Quantock
Go-coach Hire, Swanley, Kent SMK 699F Routemaster (RML2699) in service 1/2010 sometimes runs on the company's service 420 to Bluewater
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
11/2008
12/2010
6/2012
6/2012
For wedding and private hires. Occasional special appearances on the company's routes in the Dartford area.
Routemaster Travel South, Gillingham, Kent

WLT 898
WLT 357

Routemaster (RML898)
Routemaster (RM357)
in service for private hire
in service for private hire
6/2008
4/2012

ex Blue Triangle
ex Watford & District
both retain AEC engines

Travelmasters, Sheerness, Kent SMK 725F Routemaster (RML2725) acquired 6/2009 ex Bath Bus Company
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 Bus Company Ltd (London Truck and Bus)
Kent/London
RT3062 at Gt. Warley village in April 2009

RMC4 at Great Warley village in August 2011

JXC 77
KGU 235
KGU 290
KGK 938
KXW 171
KYY 527
KYY 628
KYY 957
LLU 670
LYF 247
LYR 854
NXP 778
OLD 559
OLD 768
MXX 269
MXX 271
MLL 567
MXX 289
NLE 643
SLT 59
VLT 216
VLT 268
VLT 298
WLT 897
WLT 900
WTS 418A (WLT 909)
371 CLT
496 CLT
620 DYE
ALD 966B
CUV 260C
NMY 631E
HKL 836

Regent III (RT714)
Regent III (RT961)
Regent III (RT1530)
Regent III (RT2129)
Regent III (RT3062)
Regent III (RT1700)
Regent III (RT1790)
Regent III (RT3228)
Regent III (RT3871)
Regent III (RT4188)
Regent III open-top (RT3435)
Regent III (RT4424)
Regent III (RT4772)
Regent III (RT4548)
Regent III (RLH69)
Regent III (RLH71)
Regal IV (RF180)
Regal IV (RF401)
Regal IV (RF643)
Routemaster (RMC4)
Routemaster (RM216)
Routemaster (RM268)
Routemaster open-top (RM298)
Routemaster (RM897)
Routemaster (RM900)
Routemaster (RM909)
Routemaster (RM1371)
Routemaster (RM1496)
Routemaster (RM1620)
Routemaster (RM1966)
Routemaster (RCL2260)
Routemaster (RMA48)
Regal open-top
acquired
acquired
preserved/special duties
acquired
preserved/special duties
preserved/special duties
wedding/private hire
preserved/special duties
preserved/special duties
acquired
wedding/private hire
acquired
acquired
acquired
acquired
acquired
in service
wedding/private hire
preserved/special duties
preserved/special duties
wedding/private hire
preserved/special duties
wedding/private hire
private hire
wedding/private hire
acquired
acquired
acquired
acquired
wedding/private hire
preserved/special duties
preserved/special duties
wedding/special duties
5/2010
5/2010
1/2013
5/2010
4/2009
7/2008
1/2013
4/2009
4/2009
5/2010
8/2011
5/2010
5/2010
5/2010
4/2012
4/2012
4/2012
8/2013
1/2013
8/2011
1/2013
7/2008
7/2008
6/2012
7/2008
2/2011
5/2010
1/2012
5/2010
7/2013
1/2010
7/2008
8/2011

Seven more RTs and two RMs joined the fleet in 2010 from Abegweit Tours, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Two RLHs were acquired in 2012 from Oregon, USA. Two RTs, an RM and an RF were added in 2013 with the takeover of Memory Lane.
RM298 (VLT 298), RM900 (WLT 900), open top RT3435 (LYR 854), Regal HKL 836 and Leyland Titan KGK 575 (which looks like an RT) form the Private Hire / Wedding fleet.
All other operational vehicles are generally confined to special duties and running days, and also appear regularly at rallies. RM897 is in a pink advertising livery and got its original registration back (ex 254 UXO) in 2012. RMC4 is the prototype Routemaster coach.
They can also be seen at film set locations, often in the Blackfriars area.

Four preserved AEC Swifts and Reliance RP21 are also owned, along with preserved RF636 (NLE 636) and RTs 1320 (KLB 569), 1389 (KXW 488), 2799 (LYR 969), 2911(MLL 658), 3198/3238 (KYY 967 ex KYY 927), 3933 (LLU 372) and tree lopper STL1470 (CXX 457). RTs 1240 (KGK 709), 1658 (KXW 304), 4823 (OLD 587) are used for spares. Preserved Routemasters are RML893 (WLT 893), RML902 (WLT 902), RM1009 (9 CLT), RM1936 (ALD 936B) and RML2649 (NML 649E). Routemasters RM111 (111 CLT), RM646 (WLT 646), RM1691 (691 DYE) and RML2413 (JJD 413D) are in stock and may be for sale.
Updated November 2013.

Marshopper, New Romney, Kent JJD 532D Routemaster in service for private hire use and hire to other operators

12/2009


Old London Bus, Kent/London NLE 918
KYY 872
Regent III (RT3028)
Regent III (RT3413)
Both acquired for preservation and public service 6/2008
Classic Bus North West, Blackpool. Lancashire BNK 524A (564 CLT)
583 CLT
CUV 290C
SMK 734F
Routemaster
Routemaster
Routemaster
Routemaster
unlicensed
in service
in service
in service
1/2011
1/2011
1/2011
1/2011
CBNW now operate three Routemasters on mostly Wedding Hire and Private Hire. Blackpool liverie RM1583 is being prepared for service in 2011.
Morecambe Heritage Bus, Morecombe, Lancashire KTF 591 Regent III open-top in service for heritage/p.h. work 8/2011 Ex Morecambe & Heysham RT style Regent, recently returned to service for scenic tours and private hire - worked a service in Morecambe in summer 2011.
South Lancs Travel, Leigh, Lancashire WWN 191
Reliance/Harrington Cav.
for sale
11/2007
new Neath & Cardiff
still shown in fleetlist Nov 2007 but was for sale by auction in August 2007
Wilby, Hibaldstow, Lincolnshire

LCB 603G
SNM 77R
REK 925R
KBW 322S

Reliance/Plaxton
Reliance/Plaxton
Reliance/Duple
Reliance/Duple
withdrawn
withdrawn
withdrawn
withdrawn
4/2007
4/2007
4/2007
4/2007
were in service at the time of transfer of Wilby's operations from East Yorkshire in May 2006, but now out of use and reported derelict at Wressle

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 Alton rally in August 2009

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
12/2011
12/2011
12/2011
12/2011
12/2011
12/2011
12/2011
12/2011
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, RM6 at Alton in 2009, RMC1464 at Detling in April 2011.
International Coachlines, Thornton Heath, London VLT 259
Routemaster (RM259)
in service
10/2009
For private hires and occasional use on school contracts
London Central and London General,
(Go-Ahead London) London
VLT 9
WLT 516 (CUV 283C)
CUV 305C
CUV 318C
JJD 472D
NML 604E
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
4/2012
6/2012
8/2010
7/2011
5/2011
7/2010
RM9, DRM2516 (ex RML2283). RML2305, RML2472, 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 903

Routemaster (RM903) for special events 10/2010 Retains AEC engine and original tungsten lights and appears at rallies as well as special events
redroutemaster.com, London CUV 366C
NMY 655E
SMK 683F
Routemaster (RML2366)
Routemaster (RMA58)
Routemaster (RML2683)
in service
in service
in service
12/2011
12/2011
10/2013
In service for private hire and film work. RMA58 is a former BEA model that previously ran with Ensignbus.
Stagecoach London, London SMK 760F Routemaster (RML2760) preserved/for special events 6/2013 The last Routemaster delivered new to London Transport. Currently on long term loan to the LBM and only used for special events.
Timebus Travel,
London/St. Albans

MXX 223
MXX 468
WLT 450
WSJ 737 (WLT 479)
ALD 871B
KGD 612D
CUV 263C
CUV 310C
JJD 389D
JJD 404D
JJD 442D
JJD 527D
OYM 453A (VLT 29)
477 CLT
NMY 646E

Regent, ex RLH23
Regal IV, ex RF491
Routemaster (open-top)
Routemaster (open-top)
Routemaster (SRM7)
Routemaster (ex BEA RMA37)
Routemaster (RML2263)
Routemaster (RML2310)
Routemaster (RML2389)
Routemaster (RML2404)
Routemaster (RML2442)
Routemaster (RML2527)
Routemaster (RM29)
Routemaster coach (RMC1477)
Routemater (ex BEA RMA9)
in service
in service
in service
in service
in service (silver)
in service
in service
in service
in service
in store
acquired
in service
in service
in service (red)
acquired

10/2008
10/2008
10/2008
10/2008
10/2008
10/2008
7/2006
7/2006
8/2007
7/2006
2/2008
5/2010
8/2007
6/2012
4/2009

All in service vehicles are available for private hire. RMA9 is acquired from Mac Tours via Ensignbus.
Also owned is former RLH44 last used as a uniform store, RLH29 (undergoing rebuild), RLH32 and RLH48 (preserved and rallied), and a Leyland PS1, JXC 282 (TD89).
A Route 2 Hire, Towcester, Northamptonshire 403 CLT
CUV 271C
Routemaster (open-top)
Routemaster (RM2271)
in service
in service
3/2012
3/2012
RM1403 returned to service by its preservation owner, and RM2271 bought from preservation to join it.
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.
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 JJD 430D Routemaster (RML2430) in service 6/2011 for wedding and private hire, often seen in Oxford
Shuttle Buses, Kilwinning, Scotland 875 YYA (DCH 359T) Reliance/Plaxton in service 12/2011 for school contracts and occasional use on rail replacements
Stagecoach, Perth, Scotland EDS 50A Routemaster in service - private hire and heritage services 4/2009 Now repainted in Alexander livery. For hire, contact Allan Condie, Stagecoach Vintage Fleet Co-ordinator on 01738 446200.
The Red Bus, Lothian, Scotland WLT 875
353 CLT
Routemaster (RM875)
Routemaster (RM1353)
in service
in service
5/2011
5/2011
For wedding and private hire in Edinburgh and Dunfermline areas.
Bath Bus, Bath, Somerset SMK 665F Routemaster (RML2665) in service (City Sightseeing tour) 2/2011 Bath Bus company also run the Cardiff City Sightseeing tour, where RM1978 is based
Big Red Bus (Letts), Milborne Port, Somerset NMY 662E
NMY 665E
Routemaster
Routemaster (RMA65)
private hire
wedding/private hire
5/2009
6/2012
Former BEA front entrance Routemasters.
Quantock Motor Services, Wiveliscombe, Somerset ACH 441
Regal/Windhover
in service
3/2013
wedding hires etc.
Nippy Bus, Yeovil, Somerset VLT 191 Routemaster (RM191) in service 1/2011 For wedding and private hires in the South West.
Regency Road Touring, Northwich, Staffs WFR 167K Reliance/Plaxton in service 4/2013 ex Abbott, Blackpool, for tour work
Carter, Ipswich, Suffolk CUV 266C Routemaster (RML2266) acquired 10/2013
Safeguard, Guildford, Surrey 200 APB Reliance preserved but in service for special events 10/2009 For special events/private hire/ weddings. Was new to Safeguard and repurchased by them in about 2003.
The Bus Club (Routemasters for Hire), Tadworth, Surrey SMK 710F
SMK 727F
JJD 445D
JJD 596D
CUV 107C
Routemaster (RML2710)
Routemaster (RML2727)
Routemaster (RML2445) Routemaster (RML2596)
Routemaster (RM2107)
acquired
in service
in service
in service
in service
06/2009
06/2011
06/2011
10/2010
10/2010
RML2710 and 2727 ex International Coach Lines and RML2445 ex Redroute Buses. RM2107 ex Countryliner. All available for private hire.
Classic Country Bus, Surrey/West Sussex NLE 644 Regal IV (RF644) in service 10/2012 For wedding and private hires. Restored to service in 2008.
Renown, Bexhill, E. Sussex CUV 324C Routemaster (RML2324) in service (special events only) 1/2011 Was formerly with sister company Cavendish of Eastbourne prior to takeover by Stagecoach.
Pavilion Coaches, Hove,
E. Sussex
NLE 701 Leyland RTL in service for wedding hires etc. 6/2006 not actually an AEC but listed here for people looking for a wedding hire bus in Sussex
Promotion Buses, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear JJD 546D Routemaster (RML2546) in service 9/2010 used for wedding hires etc.
Silver Star Holidays, Caernarfon, North Wales LPT 328 Regal III / Burlingham coach in service for private hire 3/2011 Available for private hire and wedding transport. Company reformed Nov 2011 after going into administration Oct 2011 - continued ownership of LPT subject to confirmation.
Routemaster4hire, Wrexham, North Wales WLT 765
SVS 618 (WLT 548)
Routemaster (RM765)
Routemaster (RM548)
in service for private hire
in service for private hire
11/2012
4/2013
 
LondonBus4Hire, Monmouthshire, South Wales 357 CLT
JJD 583D
MLL 806
Routemaster (RM1357)
Routemaster (RML2583)
Regal IV (RF269)
in service for private hire
in service for private hire
in service for private hire
12/2011
12/2011
5/2013


Previously preserved.
Bath Bus, Cardiff, South Wales ALD 978B Routemaster (RM1978) in service (City Sightseeing) 2/2011 Ex Aintree Coachline, acquired from Ensign in exchanged for RM25
Swansea Transport Museum, Swansea, South Wales WWN 191
KXW 495
Reliance/Harrington
Regent III (RT1396)
private hire
private hire
8/2013
8/2013
Swansea Bus Museum also has a private hire operation using these two vehicle
Midland Red South, Stratford, Warwickshire JJD 565D Routemaster (RML2565) in service, for Private Hire use 5/2010 Acquired with takeover of Stratford Blue from Ensign. In SB livery and also used for special events.
Central Buses, Birmingham, West Midlands JJD 411D Routemaster (RML2411) acquired 12/2012 Intended use unknown
Southern Transit, Beeding, West Sussex SMK 755F Routemaster (RML2755) acquired 2/2012 Intended use unknown
Baldry's Coaches, Holme Upon Spalding Moor, E. Yorkshire 1189 PP (BTH 365V) Reliance/Duple in service 5/2011 For private hire (light duties only). Was new to Eynons, Trimsaran as BTH 365V.
Red Bus Days, Keighley, N. Yorkshire JJD 475D Routemaster (RML2475) in service 10/2011 For private hire and weddings.
Wilfreda Beehive, Doncaster, S. Yorkshire CUV 280C Routemaster (RML2280) in service 7/2013 For private hire and weddings.
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
10/2011
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.
Just Travel of York, York, Yorkshire EPM 150V Reliance/Plaxton in service for private hire and weddings 10/2009 Restored to service in JT livery (pictured in the livery of former owner Andersons). Was the last ever Greenline AEC.
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
KBMT, Keighley, West Yorkshire XYJ 418 (WLT 736) Routemaster (RM736) in service 2/2007 for private hire and weddings
Geldards, Leeds,
W. Yorkshire
SMK 702F Routemaster (RML2702) in service 10/2006 for private hire and weddings
David Palmer Travel, Normanton, W. Yorkshire JJD 531D Routemaster (RML2531) private hire 5/2011 Previously with Saltaire Travel
First Eastern England reserve Routemasters JJD 480D
NML 623E
reserve fleet
reserve fleet
10/2012
09/2013
RML2480 (39480) and RML2623 (39623) both ran with Eastern Counties at Great Yarmouth in summer 2012, and RML2623 again in 2013.
Stagecoach reserve Routemasters CUV 286C
NML 607E
NML 641E
SMK 671F
SMK 738F

stored (Kendal)
stored
stored
stored (Kendal)
stored

8/2013
2/2011
2/2011
9/2013
2/2011
Not in service but with the potential to do so if required, Stagecoach has RML2286, 2607, 2641, 2738 stored at Kendal, Workington, Carlisle and Stockton. Red RML2671 works the Bowness-Windermere service during the summer.

Acknowledgements

Thanks to the following people for contributing information to this page and the Preserved AECs page: Geoff, Pat Avery (Big Red Bus Company), Jonathan Bale, Richard Alan Bell, Howard Berry, Gavin Bishop (South Devon Railway), Terry Blackman, Gavin Bowker, Martin Bott, Andrew Bowman (Bowmans Coaches), the late Julian Brinkworth, Keith Brown (Old London Bus), Ken Brown, Roger Brown (Shaftesbury & District), Dave Brundrit (RML Travel), John Burch, Paul Burgess, Philip Clarke, Arthur Clegg, Stacey Collins, Gerry Cork, Michael Creegan, Tom Cunnington (Classic Country Bus), Martin Detheridge (LondonBus4Hire), Alan Dobson (Regency Road Pullman tours), Richard Dodge, Phil Drake, John Emmens, David Ferguson (East Kent Heritage), Stuart Fleet (Timebus Travel), Tom (Foundry Coaches), Don Flockhart, George Fok, Richard Francis, Duane Fryer, Mike Fuller (The Wedding Bus!), John Gaff, Jerry Gibb, Andy Gilmour, Jim Gilroy, Dave Godley, Terry Gower, Ewan Gray, Jason Hartley (CBNW), John Harvey, Mark Hastilow, Lawrence Hayward, Mac Head, Malcolm Hier (Swansea Bus Museum) Patrick Holder, Mark Howarth (Western Greyhound), Edward Jacobs, Colin Janes, David Kat, John Kennedy (Fleetcar), Chris Kilby (Route 24 Buses), Nigel Lamport, Peter Legg, Carl Lombardelli, Charles Looker, David Lord (Morecambe Heritage Bus), Cathy Lowne, Bob Lunney (Nippybus), M&D and East Kent Bus Club, Scott McAvoy, Alasdair McFarlane, Ian McKinnnon, Chris Matthews (Red Bus Days), Chris Meads, P.D. Monk, Stephen Morriss (Cumbria Classic Coaches), Allan Morse, Keith Nason, Roy Naylor, Richard O'Leary, Maurice Orme, Marcus Perry, Mark Plant, Phil Platt, Bob Potter (Local Haunts), Jim Prescott, Harry Prew-Smith (Exclusive Cars), Colin Read, Simon Reed, Regent101, Dave Robinson, Vince Sayer, Craig Schofield, Suzy Scott, Richard Sharman, Kevin Simms, James Simpson (Just Travel of York), James Skeate, Ron Smart, Eric Speckman, Michael Spriggs, Tom Stanhope (Byeways), Martien Stapper, Barry Stockley, John Swift, Colin Swinson, Darryl Sullivan, Andy at TAG Publications, Mike Tamkin (Alphabus), Matthew Taylor, Steve Taylor, Sholto Thomas, Brian Thompson, Derek Thomson, Robert Turner, John Wakefield, Rikkie Wakelin (Saltaire Travel), Nick Warner (Warners Bus & Coach), Alan Warren, Martin Watts, Brian Way, James Weatherall, West Yorkshire UK buses, Phil Willson, Ian Wilson, Bob Wingrove, Andrew Withers, Andrew Wright... and anyone else I forgot to acknowledge.

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