Sri Lankan Routemasters
50 Routemasters were exported to Sri Lanka
in about 1988, when the first round of Routemasters withdrawals
had commenced in London. In December 2002, at least three
were still running in service. Registration number 60-6626
(thought to be ex RM1029) still had its original AEC engine
and transmission. Registration numbers 60-6635 and 60-6639
had Ashok Leyland conversions. All were running in the Negombo
area, 6626 and 6635 at Negombo and 6639 at Wennappuwa on
the Negombo-Chilaw service.
Thanks to Colin McKenzie for this
info. supplied Jan 2004.
60-6640 (ex RM731) was pictured in "Buses"
February 2008. It was still running at Kandy on school runs
in November 2008. Thanks to Chris
Leah for this information and the picture.
||John Polley has
sent this picture of Routemaster 60-6622, which appears to
have become a mobile Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet following
withdrawal from service.
|Desmond Tay sent
this picture of RML2540 which is a static exhibit at the Gentings
Theme Park in Malaysia, taken in December 2008. More pictures
can be found at http://sbs3758d.fotopic.net
(NML 622E) and RML2707 (SMK 707F) are owned by the Jesada
Technik Museum in Thailand - where they feature alongside
a collection of bikes, aeroplanes and cars including a large
collection of Messerschmidt Bubble Cars. Thanks
to John Wakefield for this info.
|Preserved ex Bedwas & Machen
tells us that ex Bedwas & Machen UDC AEC Regal III HTN38
is preserved by the Sandstone Heritage Trust at Sandstone
Estate in South Africa. A brief history of Bruce Coachworks
bodied number 7 can be found on their web site, along with
some photos, at www.sandstone-estates.com/heritage/news/htn38/htn38.htm