News and Photos
in North and South America
This page has pictures of AEC buses running outside the UK that have been sent
to me by some of our readers.
If you would like to contribute photographs or news of AEC buses
in service in North or South America please email the author at
||Arizona, USA Here's one
that is looking a bit the worse for wear though. This is RT3145
pictured at the site of a former restaurant on Ajo Way west
of Tucson at Three Points in November 2010. The restaurant
has been abandoned and it looks the RT too has been left to
the same fate. The coat of red paint has been applied since
2006, but it's in pretty poor shape, doesn't appear to have
any windows left and the engine is missing several parts.
Seats are still inside but the floors are rotten, and radiator
is obviously missing too. Let's hope someone rescues it soon.
Thanks to Mike Abbott for sending the
picture and Mike Pannell for first identifying the vehicle
California Regent RTs
|California, USA There
are some RT's still in daily use on the Unitrans network of
routes serving the University of California in Davis, California.
RT3123 and RT4735 were fitted with Cummins diesels modified
to run on LPG. Former RT742 (JXC 105) has now been modified
the same way and also benefitted from total refurbishment
in 2007. RT2819 runs on CNG. They run on UC services B, E,
F and G. RT1235 is also owned but is in need of restoration
- and will also be fitted with a CNG engine. Leyland
RTL1014 is also owned and has its original engine and gearbox,
but isn't used in daily service. Thanks
to Caroline Deacon of Unitrans for updating information previously
provided by Nigel Neville, and to Peter Deacon for drawing
attention to the Unitrans entry in Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unitrans
California open-top RM
|California, USA Big Red
run an open-top Routemaster in Long Beach, California. They
have recently acquired an older (1961) closed top model, although
it is missing the hood and front left fender. If someone knows
of a source of replacements please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
||California, USA Jerry
Zuckermann sent this picture of his Routemaster RM447, parked
in his driveway in Los Angeles. He purchased it in February
2007 and drove it to LA in March 2007. It’s in very good running
order, and he's been catching up on its regular maintenance
and taking it out on regular runs to keep it exercised.
||California, USA John
Byrne sent this picture of SF Deluxe Tours open-top Routemaster
RML2279 at work on the San Francisco tour in September 2010.
||Florida, USA Former East
Yorkshire AEC Bridgemaster 3746 RH is being restored by Mike
Sterling in fort Lauderdale. You can follow the restoration
at the website: http://aecbridgemaster.tk
|Illinois, USA Open-top
RML2585, which was sold (along with RML2439) to Charles Riverboat
Co in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2004, has turned up in the
small village of Rondout, Illinois in November 2011. It is
now painted yellow. http://beling.net/articles/about/Rondout,_Illinois
|Texas, USA The Rev Dan
Hendricks and his wife Lori in Austin, Texas are restoring
(in 2005) their 1948 A.E.C. Regent MkIII double deck bus and
are in need of engine parts and transmission parts. The engine
is the original 9.6 liter A.E.C. Southall coupled to the original
A.E.C. Select shift 4 speed transmission. A full engine rebuild
is in progress, and anything that can help get this old bus
on the road would be appreciated. When restored it will be
used for the ministry to help feed the homeless in the central
Texas area. Contact email@example.com
RM2010 is based in Utah and is in original condition and running.
It was for sale in 2012.
USA Old AECs never die, they just end up as... coffee
bars! Well former Morecambe and Heysham AEC Regent JTE
549 has been for at least 10 years since 2000, and was still
serving coffees in August 2010. It is seen here dispensing
refreshments in the Fairhaven district of Bellingham in the
United States - just over the border from Vancouver B.C. Another
member of this batch was sold in 2011 to an owner by the Black
Sea. Photo by Bob
Wingrove. Thanks to Michael Parry for the update.
||USA Randy Nix, General
Manager, GCT-Gulf Coast TELECO, has former RT2539 for restoration.
Randy would appreciate any information on the history of this
bus at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo by Randy
||USA Joe Philips writes:
Thought you might like to know about my bus that has just
done over 15k miles across the USA in 2013. It is staying
there and doing much more travelling in the near future. There
is a facebook page that I am slowly updating all the photos
from the last year. Needless to say, we participated in some
amazing events... Mardi Gras, SXSW and Burning Man to name
just a few. www.facebook.com/doogle9.
Martin Donato sent pictures of the Twentyfive AEC Regal
IV 9834 -E bodied by Verheul (Holland) which ran in Argentina
in the early '60s. They were in service in Buenos Aires
city - with no success - and then in Mar del Plata city.
Martin wishes to know technical characteristics
of them. If you can help, contact Martín at email@example.com
Tierra del Fuego Routemaster
|ARGENTINA Former RM317
runs city tours of Ushuala in the Tierro del Fuego region.
It is pictured in Buses
598 (January 2005).
||BRAZIL Jacy Dias sent
a photo of a coach which he believes is an AEC (known in Brazil
as ACLO). This particular coach was used by Viação Cometa
in Brazil in the 1950's. Although not 100% certain about it,
he firmly believes it is an AEC (ACLO) and would welcome confirmation
of this fact. firstname.lastname@example.org
AEC buses were exported to South America in 1940's and 1950's
and known locally as ACLOs. If you know of any other photos
please could you contact Jacy or AECBus.
Ottawa tour bus co. is still using some ex-LT Routemasters
for guided city tours in the summer. Some retain original
London destination blinds, at least up until last summer.
Other co's are using re-painted Leyland Atlanteans and ECW
Bristols(origins unknown). Last update
March 2001. Thanks to Bob French for info.
Tours of Halifax, Nova Scotia purchased Routemaster Double
Decker bus WLT 937 in 2000 for use in service. Thanks
to Mark Fenn of Atlantic for info.
Gray Line of Halifax, Nova Scotia has purchased Routemasters
RML2314, 2322, 2507, 2578, 2673 (CUV 314/322C, JJD 507/578D,
SMK 673F) in early 2006. RM1018 (PVS 828 ex 18 CLT), RML2336
and 2651(CUV 336C, NML 651E) were added in 2010.
Gray Line of Vancouver, BC operate two Routemasters on a
tour of Vancouver using this BIG Pink branding. One is DJ
3874 (formerly RML2466 in its London days) and pictured
here in August 2011 is DJ 3923 (an RM model for which the
original identity eludes us at present). Thanks
to Mike Foinette for the picture.
RML2466 was originally bought by West Coast
Sightseeing of Burnaby, BC in January 2011, along with RML2564.
|Niagara Falls Routemasters
CANADA Double Deck Tours of Niagara
Falls, Canada have around 20 Routemasters in the fleet.
Many of the fleet still have their original AEC engines.
A heavy sightseeing tour of the Falls area with a route
in excess of 30 miles long keeps these vehicles extremely
busy all Summer. Those in use in February 2011 were:
1 RCL2255, 2 RCL2252, 4 RM2165, 5 RM583, 6 RM1909, 7 RM2206,
8 RM1242, 9 RM1888, 10 RM1618, 11 RM1548,
12 RM2174, 14 RM2162, 15 RMLxxxx, 16 RM1676, 17 RM797, 18
RM1604, 19 RM1102, 21 RM187, 22 RM1676,
23 RM1221, 24 RMLxxxx. RMLs 2467, 2501 and 2555 were acquired
in November 2004, and would account for numbers 15 and 24.
Further photos can be found on Ray Soper's
page at http://www.old-bus-photos.co.uk/wp-content/themes/Old-Bus-Photos/galleries/double_deck_toures/double_deck_tours.php
Updated July 2012.
Thanks to Ray Soper for info and David
Whitmarsh for the photos.
Sightseeing Toronto run a number of open-top Routemasters
on tours of Toronto and to the Niagara Falls. Two of them
are 6347 - 685 9BF, ex RM2209 - CUV 209C (acquired from Double
Deck Tours) and 6352 - BM9 373, ex RM1158 - 158 CLT. Updated
July 2012. Thanks to David Whitmarsh for the photos and the
JJD 435D, JJD 481D, NMY 639E were converted to open-top and
exported to Coach Canada in early 2006.
British Columbia RT2929
London Transport AEC Regent RT2929 is in use as a recreational
vehicle in Port Campbell, British Columbia, and is still in
good condition although the paint is a little faded. September
2007. Thanks to Alan Splendiff for info.
|Prince Edward Island
11 former London buses (including seven AEC Regents and two
Routemasters) that operated sightseeing tours at Charlottetown,
Prince Edward Island, were sold to the London Bus Company
for further service in the UK and returned there in 2010.
The picture shows RT714 in Charlottetown in 2006. Updated
September 2010. Thanks to Joseph Choi for the picture.
FALKLAND ISLANDS Former London Transport
Routemaster RML2593 is now owned by the Falkland Islands
Co Ltd, registered F124G, operating at Stanley for cruise
ship tour work during the summer months. It operates a free
shuttle from the landing pier to the Museum via various
tourist points of interest and was pictured in January 2011.
Updated January 2012. Thanks to Stephen
Luxton of the F.I.C. for info, and to Ivor Warburton for
Can anyone give me details about the AEC-buses, that were
built by Verheul (Holland) for export to Uruguay between about
1956 and 1964? Also I know from the "orderbook" of Verheul,
that in 1953 or 1954 an AEC/Verheul was built as a demonstration
vehicle; this bus went eventually to Mexico, I believe. Any
details (and pictures) are welcome as I am still working on
the full history of this once famous busbuilder in the Netherlands.
URUGUAY AEC Verhuels (ACLO mark
IVs) were running in service in Montevideo with the COECT
and UCOT companies in the mid-2000s. Nestor Brasesco (email@example.com)
sent this picture of number 36 on the Carrasco service in
Some pictures of historic COECT buses including
the ACLOs can be seen on the COECT website (http://www.coetc.com/
and click on the Hostoria section). Thanks
to Luis Feijoó for this information.
URUGUAY CETCU, a group of enthusiasts
in the history of buses in Uruguay, bought an ACLO (AEC
for South America) REGAL II and restored it in the CUTCSA
works. This bus was new to CUTCSA in 1938, with a wooden
body made in Uruguay by Aguila, fleet number 491. It was
renumbered 130 in 1954, and rebuilt with its wooden body
in 1962 by CUTCSA, the biggest urban bus operator in Montevideo.
It was replaced by a Leyland Worldmaster in 1971 and sold
to an operator of country routes, close to Montevideo. In
1985 it was sold to a single bus operator in the northern
rural area of Uruguay, working in a route of 90 km. most
of them unpaved, from Santa Clara to Paso de Pereira, close
to the river Negro, where it worked until 1994. The ACLO
is painted in the old CUTCSA livery, light gray with a red
band written with "CUTCSA 130" in shadowed white. The pictures
were taken on April 5th 2000. On July 20th 1999 this bus
and another one restored owned by CETCU, a Chevrolet 1935,
were declared "national historical monument" by the Uruguayan
government. CETCU also acquired another ACLO that is trying
to restore. If you want contact CETCU: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hugo Duque has provided some additional
information in 2006. There is another one (left hand driven)
and again with the livery of CUTCSA, internal # 1 which
is fully rebuilt by ERHITRAN, dedicated to museum purposes.
There are two more awaiting for their reconstruction, in
a bus company site, recovered from their abandon in the
middle of the country. All of them are ACLO's, as you know.
The bodies were bult by Uruguayan body makers in the thirties
and the forties (in the case of the left hand driven) I
presume that all of them were used by CUTCSA. The other
three coaches built in the late thirties are right hand
driven, as traffic in Uruguay drove on the left until 2nd
September 1945, when conditions imposed by American car
manufacturers caused a change to the right. British influence
in those days was very heavy. British Companies managed
tramways since early last century. Railway services, waterworks,
gas company, etc.