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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: 12th December 2017.

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.
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
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)
JJD 546D
Routemaster (RM191)
Routemaster (RM909)
Routemaster (RML2546)
Yet another variant of London bus tour is the Afternoon Tea tour, started in 2014 with RM191, which previously operated with Nippy Bus in Somerset, and joined by RM909 ex London Bus Company and RML2546 ehick previously worked in Sunderland. Updated July 2017.
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

 
  Open top Routemasters

The former Mac Tours operation of open-top or part open-top Routemasters was closed down in October 2016. RCL2241 (CUV 241C), RCL2248 (CUV 248C), ERM90 (JSJ 748 ex VLT 90) and ERM281 (VLT 281) have been set aside for prreservation. The future of ERM80, ERM84, ERM94, ERM143, ERM163, ERM235, ERM237 and ERM242 is not yet known. Updated February 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 agian 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.

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 4/2014 Ex London Heritage Travel
Lianne Coaches, Slough, Berkshire CUV 327C Routemaster (RML2327) private hire 7/2012 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
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.
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 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
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 (RMA)
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. An RTL Leyland Titan is also owned.

 
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 641E
SMK 671F
 

stored - source of spares
stored
stored (Kendal)

11/2014
2/2011
11/2014 
Not in service but with the potential to do so if required, Stagecoach has RML2641 and 2671 stored in the northwest. RML2286 is a source of spares for RML2671 at Kendal. RML2641 was reported elsewhere as scrapped in August 2008.
Midland Classic Coaches, Church Gresley, Derbyshire 798 UXA (168 CLT) Routemaster (RM1168) in service 5/2014 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 (RML2451) preserved/special duties 5/2016  
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
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
private hire
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
1/2017
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. RMC1513 is in the heritage fleet and retains AEC engine and tungsten lights.
RM1062 (62 CLT) RML2480 (JJD 480D), and RML2485 (JJD 485D) are in dealer stock.
Updated December 2017.

Talisman, Great Bromley, Essex JJD 535D Routemaster (RML2535) wedding/private hire 7/2016 Used for hires and also special duties such as Park and Ride for the Clacton Air Show,
Layer Marney Transport, Layer Marney, Essex JJD 398D Routemaster (RML2398) wedding/private hire 4/2015  
Stagecoach Cheltenham & Gloucester, Gloucs NML 657E Routemaster (RML2657) preserved/special duties 5/2014 Special events vehicles at Gloucester depot. It also occasionally works contract/special services and appears at rallies in the area.
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

9/2014
9/2014
7/2013
4/2015
4/2015
4/2015
4/2015
4/2015
4/2015
4/2015
7/2015
5/2013
4/2015
4/2015

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). RML2404 (JJD 404D) is owned but has been in store since 2006.
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 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)

7/2015
8/2010
8/2010
8/2010

In the heritage fleet for promotional work and hires (including Tube Strike extras on which RML889 is pictured). 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
5/2015
5/2015
also runs 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.
Media Bus Co (Red Bus Events), Rochester, Kent WLT 545 Routemaster (RM545) in service 8/2015 For private hire work, but was pictuured in August 2015 helping out on Tube strike extras
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 8/2016 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 Bus Company Ltd
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
KYY 967 (KYY 927)
LLU 670
LLU 732

LYF 247
LYR 854

OLD 559
OLD 768
MXX 269
MXX 271
MLL 567
MXX 289
NLE 643
SLT 59
VLT 268
VLT 298
WLT 893
WLT 897
WLT 900
WLT 902
159 CLT
ALD 966B
ALD 993B
CUV 260C
CUV 331C
NMY 631E
FPT 581C
AML 1H
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 (RT3238 ex RT3198)
Regent III (RT3871)
Regent III (RT3933)
Regent III (RT4188)
Regent III open-top (RT3435)
Regent III (RT4772)
Regent III (RT4548)
Regent III (RLH69)
Regent III (RLH71)
Regal IV (RF180)
Regal IV (RF401)
Regal IV (RF643)
Routemaster (RMC4, CRL4)
Routemaster (RM268)
Routemaster (RM298)
Routemaster (RML893)
Routemaster (RML897)
Routemaster (RML900)
Routemaster (RML902)
Routemaster open-top (RM1159)
Routemaster (RM1966)
Routemaster (RM1993)
Routemaster (RCL2260)
Routemaster (RML2331)
Routemaster (RMA48)
Routemaster ("Bertie")
AEC Swift (SM1)
Regal open-top
acquired
acquired
preserved/special duties
acquired
preserved/special duties
preserved/special duties
wedding/private hire
preserved/special duties
preserved/special duties
preserved/special duties
in service/private hire
acquired
wedding/private hire
acquired
acquired
acquired
acquired
in service
in service
preserved/special duties
preserved/special duties
preserved/special duties
wedding/private hire
wedding/private hire
in service/private hire
wedding/private hire
wedding/private hire
acquired
wedding/private hire
wedding/private hire
preserved/special duties
wedding/private hire
preserved/special duties
party bus
in service
wedding/special duties

5/2010
5/2010
1/2013
5/2010
4/2014
12/2016
10/2015
12/2016
4/2014
5/2010
6/2015
8/2011
6/2015
5/2010
4/2012
4/2012
4/2012
9/2017
9/2017
8/2011
7/2015
7/2008
9/2014
6/2015
7/2015
7/2015
5/2015
6/2015
8/2015
6/2015
7/2015
7/2015

8/2011
4/2015
9/2017
4/2013

The RFs, SM1 and In Service RTs and RMs operate on the Epping-Ongar Railway services during the summer.

RM298, RML893, RML900, RML902, RML2331, RT1700, RT1790, open top RT3435 (LYR 854), Regal HKL 836 and Leyland Titan KGK 575 (which looks like an RT) form the Private Hire / Wedding fleet, and occasionally run service extras during tube strikes (on which RT1700 is pictured in August 2015). All other operational vehicles are generally confined to special duties and running days, and also appear regularly at rallies. RMC4 is the prototype Routemaster coach.
They can also be seen at film set locations, often in the Blackfriars area.

RM1159 and RM1993 were acquired from preservation in 2015.

Three other 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) and tree lopper STL1470 (CXX 457). RTs 1240 (KGK 709), 1658 (KXW 304), 4823 (OLD 587) are used for spares. Routemasters RM111 (111 CLT), RM646 (WLT 646), RM1009 (9 CLT), RM1371 (371 CLT) and RM1936 (ALD 936B) are in stock and may be for sale.
Updated December 2017.

Classic Bus North West, Blackpool. Lancashire BNK 524A (568 CLT)
583 CLT
Routemaster (RM1568)
Routemaster
in service
unknown
9/2013
1/2011
CBNW have Routemaster RM1568 for on Wedding Hire and Private Hire. Blackpool liveried RM1583 was owned but current status unknown.
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 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 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 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, 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
2/2016
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 (RML2679)
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
Routemaster (RM931)
Routemaster (RM1218)
in service - private hire
being prepared for service
9/2015
9/2015
RM1218 acquired from TfL in 2015 after route 9H ceased operation. RMs 1204, 1562, 1640, 1735, 1776 and 1913 also acquired as dealer stock.
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 JJD 430D Routemaster (RML2430) in service 6/2011 for wedding and private hire, often seen in Oxford
Shuttle Buses, Kilwinning, Scotland DCH 359T (875 YYA) Reliance/Plaxton in service 7/2016 re-entered service in 2016 after four years, now with its original registration, for school contracts and private hires
The Red Bus, Lothian, Scotland WLT 875
353 CLT
Routemaster (RM875)
Routemaster (RM1353)
in service
in service
11/2016
11/2016
For wedding and private hire in Edinburgh and Dunfermline areas.
Bath Bus Company, Bath, Somerset SMK 665F Routemaster (RML2665) in service (private hire) 6/2017 Also participates in the annual Imberbus event organised by BBC, and sometimes on Glastonbury shuttles.
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
JJD 596D
CUV 107C
SMK 676F
Routemaster (RML2710)
Routemaster (RML2727)
Routemaster (RML2445) Routemaster (RML2596)
Routemaster (RM2107)
Routemaster (RML2676)
acquired
in service
in service
in service
in service
acquired
06/2009
06/2011
06/2011
10/2010
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.
Routemaster 999, Llandudno, North Wales WLT 999 (WVS 423) Routemaster (RM999) in service for private hire 5/2017 Pictured here while owned by Reading Heritage Travel with registration WVS 423, it now has its original registration back.
Routemaster4hire, Wrexham, North Wales WLT 765
SVS 618 (WLT 548)
Routemaster (RM765)
Routemaster (RM548)
in service for private hire
in service for private hire
8/2014
8/2014
 
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.
 
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 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
5/2014
9/2015
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)
acquired
acquired
12/2012
2/2014
Intended use unknown. 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 SMK 755F
VLT 116
Routemaster (RML2755)
Routemaster (RM1116)
unlicensed
acquired
10/2016
8/2015
RML2755 was used for private hire and weddings but currently unlicensed. RM1116 acquired from preservation.
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.
Just Travel of York, York, Yorkshire YEW 380T
EPM 150V
Reliance/Plaxton
Reliance/Plaxton
in service
in service
7/2016
7/2016
Both restored to service in JT livery and used on private hire and schools. EPM is pictured in the livery of former owner Andersons, and 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
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
     

 

   

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, Stu Fribbins, Duane Fryer, Mike Fuller (The Wedding Bus!), John Gaff, Jerry Gibb, Andy Gilmour, Jim Gilroy, Dave Godley, Stephen Gow, 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), Mark Humphris, 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, Peter Terry, David Thomas (ACE Travel), 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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