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AECs in service - UK and Ireland

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: 8th June 2024.

AECs in public service

Place Reg Type Notes
Devon
Buckfastleigh
ALD 872B Routemaster The South Devon Railway Trust's Scania powered Routemaster RM1872 were running a "rail replacement service" on certain days of the year when a special timetable is in operation (usually gala days). The operation was suspended throughout 2020 and 2021 and no mention of it is made on the new website, but RM1872 is still licensed. Updated August 2023.
East Sussex
Brighton
CUV 333C Routemaster Brighton Regency Tours use RML2333 on afternoon tea, champagne and gin tours of Brighton. Updated August 2023.
Essex
Epping-Ongar
See notes Regent III
Routemaster
Swift
Heritage buses from the London Bus Company fleet operate in conjunction with the Epping Ongar railway on all operating days. Route 339 Epping-Ongar-Brentwood is operated by "RT" AEC Regents and a Routemaster. "RTL" Leyland PD2s also appear at times. There are also some special event running days with additional bus routes in operatione. For details and times see http://www.eorailway.co.uk. For details of the LBC fleet see the entry for LBC below. Updated August 2023.
Hampshire
Portsmouth
793 UXA (WLT 994) 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 June to September.  It is also available for private hire. However the service is not operating during 2023 but is expected to resume in 2024. Updated August 2023.
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 has been performing this role for many years and was still there in September 2018, but isn't used exclusively as a Leyland Leopard coach may also be used. Updated March 2019.
London
Londoner Buses tourist route T15
 
202 UXJ (WLT 887)
357 CLT
583 CLT
650 DYE
ALD 941B
CUV 290C
CUV 344C
JJD 583D
Routemasters

Londoner Buses (which is part of the Transpora group) runs RML887, RM1583, RM1941 and RML2290 on route T15 operating between Picadilly Circus and Tower Hill. Guest vehicles from Londonbus 4 Hire (see below) also used are RM1357 (357 CLT), SRM3 (650 DYE), RML2344 (CUV 344C) and RML2583 (JJD 583D), while Ensignbus have supplied RCL2226 (CUV 226C), RT624 and RT8 as special extras. Updated May 2024.

RM1941 is one of the Marshall refurbished Routemasters that previously ran on TfL service 15H.

For pictures of the previous TfL heritage services, see the special feature page on the heritage operation of routes 9 and 15.

London, York,
Edinburgh
Ghost Bus Tours

JSJ 746 (VLT 90)
JSJ 748 (VLT 80)
JSJ 749 (VLT 94)

KFF 367 (101 CLT)
KGJ 118A (398 CLT)
KGJ 341A (666 DYE)
CUV 203C
CUV 343C
JJD 516D
JJD 528D
JJD 596D
NML 624E

Routemasters London Necrobus run night tours branded as Ghost Bus Tours, in London, Edinburgh and York. They are run with Routemasters including RM1101, RM1398, RM1666, RML2203, RML2343, RML2516, RML2528 and RML2624 in a black livery. RML2528 was formerly with Dreadnought of Alnwick and open-top RML2203 with Ensignbus. RML2596 was previously with Classic Routemasters of Surrey. The three former Lothian Buses Mac Tours extended open top Routemasters came via Premium Tours in December 2019.
After a Covid-19 enforced break in 2020, the services are now running again on Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Updated July 2021.
London
Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

JSJ 747 (VLT 84)
VLT 191
WTS 418A (WLT 909)
204 CLT
735 DYE
776 DYE
790 DYE
ALD 913B

JJD 404D
JJD 531D

JJD 546D
SMK 686F

Routemaster (RM84)
Routemaster (RM191)
Routemaster (RM909)
Routemaster (RM1204)
Routemaster (RM1735)
Routemaster (RM1776)
Routemaster (RM1790)
Routemaster (RM1913)
Routemaster (RML2404)

Routemaster (RML2531)
Routemaster (RML2546)
Routemaster (RML2686)
Another variant of London bus tour is the Afternoon Tea tour, if you have a cool £45 to spend. It started in 2014 with RM191, which previously operated with Nippy Bus in Somerset, and joined by RM909 ex London Bus Company, RML2404 from Timebus and RML2546 which previously worked in Sunderland. RM1204, RM1735, RM1790 and RM1913 were added in 2017. RML2531 has "Chef's Bus - London Culinary Tours" branding for after dark duties. RM84 is a former Lothian Buses Mac Tours extended open topper acquired from Premium Tours in December 2019, now re-roofed (which may make it unique as the only closed top Routemaster of this length). Updated March 2024.
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 and Glasgow
CUV 278C
JJD 407D
JJD 549D
Routemasters Red Bus Bistro are using RML2278, RML2407 and RML2549 on tea tours in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Updated March 2022.
Shropshire
Shrewsbury/Ironbridge
490 CLT Routemaster RMC1490 is used by Regional Transport on their Shrewsbury and Ironbridge tours during the summer. In 2022 these operated every Wednesday during the summer school holiday. Updated August 2022.
Wiltshire
Salisbury Plain
Routemasters For one day only in August of each year, Bath Bus Company organise a Routemaster service across Salisbury plain, centred on the abandoned village of Imber, using their own RM1978 and several guest Routemasters. The 2023 event was held on August 19th. See https://imberbus.org/2021-advance/ for details. Updated August 2023..
Ireland
Dublin

ZV 36920 (185 CLT)
60 KE 16002 (WLT 316)
67 KE 16003 (NML 623E)
61 KE 16006 (WLT 978)
66 ?? 16006 (JJD 485D)

Routemasters Dublin Cityscape were using Routemasters RM1185, RM316, RML2623, RM978 and RML2485 on a sightseeing tour of Dublin. RM1989 (ALM 989B) is owned but not in service. The last given website is now inaccessible and it is possible the service is no longer running. Updated July 2021.
Ireland
Dublin
ZV 10903 (WLT 811)
ZV 11165 (ALM 78B)
ZV 12589 (WLT 654)
Routemaster (RM811)
Routemaster (RM2078)
Routemaster (RM654)
Routemasters RM811, RM2078 and RM654 are running Vintage Tea Trips tours of Dublin and Cork. Updated May 2023.
Malta MHY 001 (DBY 381)
MHY 003 (FBY 730)
MHY 017 (DBY 308)
AEC Mercury
AEC Mercury
AEC Mercury
The three AEC Mercurys are among 21 former yellow route buses that are being refurbished and operated on pre-booked tours by the Malta Bus Co-op. The tours are currently operating. Updated July 2021.

AECs in contract and private hire fleets

Operator and location Reg Type Status Date of last rep. Notes
Berkshire Big Red Bus, Reading, Berkshire VLT 188
462 CLT
CUV 208C
Routemaster (RM188)
Routemaster (RMC1462)
Routemaster (RM2208)
in service
in service
in service
10/2018
12/2017
6/2022
All for wedding and private hire. RM188 and RM2208 are owned by preservationists but available for use. An open-top Leyland Atlantean is also owned.
AlphaBus, Soulbury, Bucks
 and Towcester, Northants
MXX 481
CUV 106C
SMK 674F
SMK 700F
Regal IV (RF504)
Routemaster (RM2106)
Routemaster (RML2674)
Routemaster (RML2700)
in service
in service
in service

in service

10/2016
10/2017
8/2021
4/2022

Available for wedding and private hires. Also used at running days. RML2700 is ex Memory Lane. RF504 was bought from preservation and is painted gold.
Countrywide, Princes Risborough, Bucks 783 DYE
214 CLT
JJD 532D
Routemaster open-top (RM1783)
Routemaster (RM1214)

Routemaster (RML2532)
in service for wedding/private hire
in service for wedding/private hire
in service for wedding/private hire
9/2023
9/2023
9/2022
 
Vintage Red Bus, Cryers Hill, Bucks MXX 489
TAS 466 (WLT 883)
CUV 335C

JJD 508D
Regal IV (RF512)
Routemaster (RML883)
Routemaster (RML2335)
Routemaster (RML2508)
in service - private hire
in service - private hire
in service - private hire

in service - private hire
2/2023
5/2023
6/2023
6/2023
RF512 and RML2335 were bought from Thisbus.com.
Imperial Bus Company t/a London Routemaster Bus Company, Wisbech, Cambs
JXC 149
641 DYE
254 CLT
CUV 239C
NMY 632E
MLL 528 (MLL 589)
Regent III (RT786)
Routemaster (RM1641)
Routemaster (RMF1254)
Routemaster (RCL2239)
Routemaster (RMA49)
Regal IV (RF202)
in service (semi preserved)
in service (semi preserved)
in service (semi preserved)
in service (semi preserved)
in service (semi preserved)
in service (semi preserved)
8/2021
8/2015
9/2018
11/2019
8/2015
8/2015
This is the former heritage fleet of Imperial Buses, Rainham, now based at  Wisbech (the OC at Outwell is just into Norfolk). An RTL Leyland Titan is also owned.
All vehicles are owned and preserved by the proprietors, but can be hired to the operating company for use as wedding and private hire vehicles as required. RT2905 (MLL 652) is also owned but not available for service.
Stagecoach North West, Cumbria NML 657E
SMK 671F
Routemaster (RML2657)
Routemaster (RML2671)
reserve (Kendal)
in service (Kendal)

 

4/2018
4/2018
RML2671 is a special events vehicle at Kendal. RML2657 transferred from Cheltenham & Gloucester in 2018.
Vallance Coaches, Kirby-in-Ashfield, Cumbria UTC 672 Regent III acquired 6/2022 The ex Bamber Bridge Motor Services Regent has joined this fleet from nearby Cumbria Classic during 2022.
Midland Classic Coaches, Church Gresley, Derbyshire 798 UXA (168 CLT) Routemaster (RM1168) in service 11/2019 Used for wedding hires and tours.
South Devon Rail Road Services, Paignton, Devon ALD 872B Routemaster (RM1872) in service for private hire 11/2019 Also used on services in connection with the South Devon Railway. Acquired from the Ron Greet collection
Route 24 Buses, Bournemouth, Dorset VLT 24 Routemaster (RM24) in service for private hire and weddings 11/2019 Still AEC engined and in original condition
Romeround, Bournemouth, Dorset CUV 186C Routemaster (RM2186) in service for private hire 9/2019  
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

1/2020
11/2019
3/2019 

All in service for private hire and weddings. Also used at rallies and running days.
Chariots, Ringmer, East Sussex JJD 468D Routemaster (RML2468) acquired 2/2020  

Ensign Heritage, Purfleet,
Essex
RT1499 at Epping


FXT 183
HLW 178
JXC 194
JXC 432
KGK 758
KYY 961
LLU 610
NXP 775
MXX 261
VLT 25
LDS 279A (VLT 54)
WLT 371
WLT 882
VYJ 808 (361 CLT)
477 CLT
485 CLT

543 CLT
843 DYE
CUV 226C
JJD 396D
JJD 405D
JJD 588D
SMK 734F
NMY 634E
MLL 956
MXX 440

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 low height (RLH61)
Routemaster (RM25)
Routemaster (RM54)
Routemaster open-top (RM371)
Routemaster (ER882)

Routemaster (RM1361)
Routemaster (RMC1477)
Routemaster (RMC1485)
Routemaster (RM1543)
Routemaster (RM1843)
Routemaster (RCL2226)
Routemaster (RML2396)
Routemaster (RML2405)
Routemaster (RML2588)
Routemaster (RML2734)
Routemaster (RMA50)
Regal IV (RF319)
Regal IV (RF463)

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

2/2023
12/2023
6/2022
12/2023
12/2023
12/2023
3/2023
12/2019
12/2023
11/2022
9/2022
12/2023
12/2023
12/2023
12/2023
12/2023
3/2023
12/2022
2/2024
12/2023
12/2023
12/2023
12/2023
3/2023
3/2023
3/2023

Ensign Heritage (now separate from the FirstGroup owned Ensingbus operation) 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, RM1361 and RCL2226 in August 2015, RM1843 and RMLs 2405 and 2734 in January 2017).
RM1361 is privately owned and operated on loan by Ensign. RM1543 is restored to Southend livery that it carried when it was their number 116.
Preserved RML2396 and RML2658 were acquired in 2023, the latter is stripped of all internal fittings.
RM54 and RMA50 have low-emission LEZ compliant engines and can operate on private hires in central London. Preserved RT4599 (NLP 952, which is disguised with an open staircase to look like an older vehicle) was acquired in 2012. AEC Regal RF600 (NLE 600) is also preserved. RT3241 (KYY 970) is in stock awating preparation for service. Preserved RT3316 (LYR 535) was acquired for the heritage fleet in 2023.Early Regents RT44 (FXT 219) and RT54 (FXT 229) were acquired from private preservationists in 2018.

Updated January 2024.

Business B (The Expeditional), North Weald, Essex

HSL 660 (WLT 981)
280 CLT
772 DYE (797 DYE)

JJD 472D
NML 649E
SMK 697F
SMK 733F

Routemaster open-top (RM891)
Routemaster (RM1280)

Routemaster (RM1797) 
Routemaster (RML2472)
Routemaster (RML2649) 
Routemaster (RML2697) 
Routemaster (RML2733) 
in service - private hire
acquired

in service - private hire
acquired

in service - private hire
in service - private hire
in service - private hire
12/2021
7/2023
12/2021
5/2023

12/2021
12/2021
12/2021
Routemaster coach RMC1496 (496 CLT) is also owned. RML2472 is pictured when with former owner Go-coach Hire.
Layer Marney Transport, Layer Marney, Essex JJD 398D Routemaster (RML2398) wedding/private hire 6/2019  
Belle Vue, Heaton Chapel, Greater Manchester JJD 535D Routemaster (RML2535) acquired 8/2022  
Manchester Bus Tours, Manchester, Greater Manchester 583 CLT Routemaster (RM1583) wedding/private hire 7/2020 The company don't currently run a tour but the Routemaster is available for weddings and private hire.
RM Buses, Wigan, Greater Manchester JJD 515D
SMK 701F
Routemaster (RML2515)
Routemaster (RML2701)
preserved/special events
in service for private hire
6/2019
8/2019
RML2515 was bought from Routemaster Buses and is still based at Crewe Heritage Centre
Cresta Coaches, Fareham, Hampshire EBM 459T Reliance coach in service 4/2023 Semi-preserved but is used on contracts as required. 
Timebus Travel, St. Albans, Hertfordshire

MXX 223
MXX 468

OYM 453A (VLT 29)
WLT 450
WSJ 737 (WLT 479)
CUV 221C
CUV 263C
CUV 310C
JJD 389D
JJD 442D
JJD 527D
KGJ 612D
NMY 646E

Regent, ex RLH23
Regal IV, ex RF491
Routemaster (RM29)
Routemaster open-top (RM450)
Routemaster open-top (RM479)
Routemaster (RCL2221)
Routemaster (RML2263)
Routemaster (RML2310)
Routemaster (RML2389)
Routemaster (RML2442)
Routemaster (RML2527)
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
2/2018
2/2018
8/2021
3/2019
6/2023
8/2018

8/2021
7/2019
3/2019
11/2019
9/2018
8/2023
11/2019
All in service vehicles are available for private hire. RM450 has been fitted with a wheelchair lift.
RM29 was pictured on a TfL service extra duirng a London Underground strike.

Also owned is former RLH44 last used as a uniform store, RLH32 (both preserved and rallied), RLH29 (undergoing rebuild),  and a Leyland Tiger PS1, JXC 282 (TD89) which was returned to service in 2021.
Routemaster Hire, Welham Green, Hertfordshire JJD 374D
JJD 390D
JJD 548D
Routemaster (RML2374)
Routemaster (RML2390)
Routemaster (RML2548)
in service
in service
in service
5/2023
5/2019
1/2019
For weddings and private hire.
Sullivan, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire/London 69 CLT
CUV 272C
JJD 428D

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

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

9/2018
4/2023
9/2018

In the heritage fleet for promotional work and hires. A Regent (RT1107) is also owned but not in service. RML2272 has made a guest appearance on route 84.
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)
unlicensed, last used in 2013
unlicensed, stored since 2012
unlicensed, last used in 2016

unlicensed, last used in 2015
stored since acquisition in 2012
12/2019
12/2019
12/2019
12/2019
12/2019 
Three Routemasters were used for private hire operation, but it appears to have ceased. 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. 
Gould, Aldington, Kent MLL 738 Regal IV coach available for private hire 7/2021 Preserved but to full class VI MOT standard, Roy Gould's  former BEA AEC Regal coach is available for hire through other local heritage operators.
Go-coach Hire, Swanley, Kent SMK 699F Routemaster (RML2699) in service 12/2022 Also run some summer services to Knole House near Sevenoaks.
Waymour Bus Hire t/a London Retro Bus Hire, Longfield, Kent 865 UXC (WLT 385)
SMK 679F
SMK 702F
SMK 732F

AML 97H
Routemaster (RM385)
Routemaster (RML2679)
Routemaster (RML2702)
Routemaster (RML2732)

Swift (SMS97)
in service
in service
in servive
in service
in service
12/2018
7/2018
12/2019
5/2019

9/2018
Ex London Transport Swift and Routemasters for private hires and weddings. RML2702 is in cream livery. RF489 was acquired in 2015 but seems to have been sold again for preservation.
Brian Jones Coaches, Gravesend, Kent 255 UXO (WLT 888)
CUV 322C
Routemaster (RML888)
Routemaster (RML2322)
in service for private hire
in service for private hire
8/2019
8/2019
Acquired from Redroute Buses
YMS, Canterbury, Kent SMK 751F Routemaster (RML2751) in service 6/2018 Wedding/private hire.
Traditional Travel, Bromley, Kent/London 87 CLT
CUV 301C
JJD 380D
JJD 414D
JJD 483D
Routemaster open-top (1087)
Routemaster (RML2301)
Routemaster (RML2380)
Routemaster (RML2143)
Routemaster (RML2834)

in service
in service
in service

in service
in service

5/2023
5/2019
7/2019
7/2019
5/2019
All available for wedding and private hire.
London Vintage Bus Hire Ltd t/a The London Bus Company
Kent/London
RT3062 at Gt. Warley village in April 2009
RMC4 at Great Warley village in August 2011
RML900 on a London Transport tube strike extra service

 

Operational fleet
JXC 77
KXW 171
KYY 527
KYY 628
KYY 957
KYY 967 (KYY 927)
LLU 670
LLU 732

LYR 854
MLL 567
MXX 280
MXX 289
SLT 59

VLT 298
WLT 893
WLT 897
215 UXJ (WLT 899)
WLT 900
WLT 902
159 CLT

507 CLT
ALD 966B
ALD 993B
CUV 260C
CUV 331C

NML 625E
NMY 631E
SMK 713F
FPT 581C
VLW 539G
AML 1H
JPF 108K

Preserved/others
CXX 457
HGC 225
KGK 709
KGK 938
KGK 959
KGU 235
KGU 290
KXW 304
KXW 488
'PVA 019' (LYF 247)
LYR 969
MLL 658
MXX 269
MXX 271
NXP 778

OLD 768
'PVA 026' (OLD 559)
OLD 587
LUC 213
MLL 523
MLL 722
MLL 735
MXX 25
NLE 636
NLE 643

VLT 6
711 XUW (VLT 85)
VLT 111
VLT 268
WLT 646

9 CLT
124 CLT
453 CLT
464 CLT
488 CLT
513 CLT
516 CLT
ALD 936B

ALD 971B
ALM 979B
CUV 217C
CUV 348C

CUV 360C
JJD 556D
NML 621E
NMY 648E
SMK 729F
JPA 121K
JPF 113K
HKL 836
OPV 47 

 
Regent III (RT714)
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 open-top (RT3435)
Regal IV (RF180)
Regal IV (RF392)
Regal IV (RF401)
Routemaster (CRL4, RMC4)
Routemaster (RM298)
Routemaster (RML893)
Routemaster (RML897)
Routemaster (RML899)
Routemaster (RML900)

Routemaster (RML902)
Routemaster open-top (1159)
Routemaster (RMC1507)

Routemaster (RM1966)
Routemaster (RM1993)
Routemaster (RCL2260)
Routemaster (RML2331)

Routemaster (RMA11)
Routemaster (RMA48)
Routemaster open-top (RML2713)
Routemaster ("Bertie")
AEC Merlin (MBS539)
AEC Swift (SM1)
AEC Swift (SMA8)


Regent I (STL1470, 971J)
Regent II (STL2692)
Regent III (RT1240)
Regent III (RT2129)
Regent III (RT2150)
Regent III (RT961)
Regent III (RT1530)
Regent III (RT1658)
Regent III (RT1389)
Regent III (RT4188)
Regent III (RT2799)
Regent III (RT2911)
Regent III (RLH69)
Regent III (RLH71)
Regent III (RT4424)
Regent III (RT4548)
Regent III (RT4772)
Regent III (RT4823)
Regal IV (RF13)
Regal IV (RF136)
Regal IV (BEA)
Regal IV (BEA)
Regal IV (RF383)
Regal IV (RF636)
Regal IV (RF643)

Routemaster (RM6)
Routemaster (RM85)
Routemaster (RM111)
Routemaster (RM268)
Routemaster (RM646)

Routemaster (RM1009)
Routemaster (RM1124)
Routemaster (RMC1453)
Routemaster open-top (RMC1464)

Routemaster (RMC1488)
Routemaster (RMC1513)
Routemaster (RMC1516)
Routemaster (RM1936)

Routemaster (RM1971)
Routemaster open-top (RM1979)
Routemaster (RM2217)
Routemaster (RML2348)

Routemaster (RML2360)
Routemaster (RML2556)
Routemaster open-top (RML2621)
Routemaster (RML2625)
Routemaster open-top (RML2729)
Reliance/Park Royal (RP21)
Swift/Alexander (SMA13)
Regal open-top/Beadle
Regent I (ex Ipswich)

 
in service/private hire
special duties
in service/private hire
in service/private hire
in service/private hire

in service/private hire
in service/private hire
in service/private hire
private hire
in service
in service
in service
special duties
in service/private hire
in service/private hire
in service/private hire

in service/private hire
in service/private hire
in service/private hire
in service/private hire
in service/private hire
in service/private hire
in service
special duties
in service/private hire

in service/special duties
in service/special duties
in service/special duties
party bus
special duties
in service
special duties


preserved - tree lopper
preserved
parts donor - seatless
awaiting restoration
preserved
preserved
awaiting restoration
preserved
stored - possibly scrapped
awaiting restoration
stored
preserved
preserved
preserved
preserved
preserved
awaiting restoration
parts donor
preserved
preserved
awaiting restoration
awaiting restoration
preserved
preserved
preserved
acquired
acquired
stored

stored
stored
preserved
acquired
for special events
for special events

acquired
preserved

preserved
stored
acquired - awaiting restoration
exhibition bus
acquired
acquired
acquired
acquired
acquired
in reserve
preserved
acquired - unlicencsed
preserved
under restoration
preserved
stored since 2003

 
11/2019
9/2019
2/2024
3/2023
2/2024
2/2024
11/2017
2/2022
6/2023
2/2024
12/2022
11/2021
2/2022
2/2022
12/2019
12/2019
11/2018
12/2019
11/2019
11/2018
2/2022
3/2019
3/2023
6/2020
2/2020
3/2023
10/2018
3/2024
11/2017
9/2018
2/2022
2/2024


11/2017
2/2024
11/2017
11/2017
3/2023
9/2019
11/2017
4/2021
11/2017
11/2017
11/2017
9/2019
4/2021
4/2021
3/2023
3/2023
11/2017
11/2017

2/2024
2/2024

11/2017
11/2017
11/2017

3/2019
11/2017
3/2019
5/2023
11/2017

11/2017
11/2017

11/2017
3/2019
5/2023
5/2023
11/2017
6/2024
8/2023
11/2017
2/2023
5/2023

5/2023
5/2023

3/2019
5/2023
5/2023
3/2019
12/2018
10/2023
2/2020
11/2017
11/2021
11/2017

The company has operating centres at Northfleet and the Epping Ongar Railway. The operational RFs, RTs, RMs and SM1  operate on the Epping Ongar Railway services during the summer.

Operational double deckers (including Leyland Titan KGK 575, which looks like an RT) form the Private Hire / Wedding fleet, and occasionally run service extras on hire to Transport for London during tube and DLR strikes (on which RML900 is pictured in March 2018).

Operational and active preserved vehicles also appear at running days and rallies. They can also be seen at film set locations, often in the Blackfriars area.

Other former LT vehicles of non-AEC types are also owned, in the preserved and operational fleets.

CRL4 is the prototype Routemaster coach. RF136 is preserved in cream livery.

'PVA 019', 'PVA 021' and 'PVA 026' are three of the RTs repatriated from Abegweit (Prince Edward Island) Tours, Canada. They are currently stored unregistered and will not have those registrations in the UK. Others got their original UK registrations back.

RM6, RM1124, RMC1453, RMC1464, RML2217 and RML2360 are ex Arriva London's heritage fleet. RM6, RMC1453, RMC1464 and RML2360 were all pictured while with Arriva London.

Preserved RMC1513 has been repainted into London Country NBC green livery.

RM659 (KFF 239 ex WLT 659) and RM1145 (LDS 402A ex 145 CLT) are in dealer stock for sale.

RM85, RM1979, RML2348, RML2556, RML2621, RML2713 and RML2729 were acquired from Premium Tours in 2023.

Updated March 2024.

Catch 22 Bus, Blackpool. Lancashire
weddingbuses.co.uk
202 UXJ (WLT 887)
CUV 290C
Routemaster (RML887)
Routemaster (RML2290)
in service
in service
7/2018
10/2019
In use for Wedding Hire and Private Hire. A Chester tour was operated in 2018.
 
Arriva London, London
 
CUV 217C
 

 

Routemaster
 
for special events
 
11/2019
4/2022
7/2019
RM2217 and RMC1453/64 are in the Arriva London heritage fleet. The last standard length RM built, RM2217 ran the official "last Routemaster" journey on the 159. They often appear at rallies: RMC1453 is pictured at the Detling rally in April 2022, RMC1464 at Detling in April 2011.
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 private hire and special events
for special events
for special events
for special events
for special events
4/2022
3/2020
7/2019
8/2019
3/2020
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 and special events 4/2022 The first RML, now back in red following a spell in special livery as ER880.
Metroline, London WLT 644
WLT 903
Routemaster open-top (RM644)
Routemaster (RM903)
for private hire
for special events
10/2018
6/2022
RM644 is an open-top hire vehicle. RM903 retains AEC engine and original tungsten lights and appears at rallies as well as special events
CBM Vehicle Services, Red Bus Events, Croydon, London WLT 545
WLT 898
Routemaster (RM545)
Routemaster (RML898)
in service for private hire
in service for private hire
11/2019
4/2022
Also attend rallies and RM545 was pictured in August 2015 helping out on Tube strike extras. RML898 has its original AEC engine.
redroutemaster.com, Brentford, London
86 CLT
CUV 323C
JJD 366D
JJD 504D
NMY 655E
SMK 682F
SMK 683F
SMK 744F
Routemaster (RM1086)
Routemaster (RML2323)
Routemaster (RML2366)
Routemaster (RML2504)
Routemaster (RMA58)
Routemaster (RML2682)
Routemaster (RML2683)

Routemaster (RML2744)
under restoration
in service
in service
in service
in service
in service
in service
stored
2/2016
8/2019
1/2019
10/2021
7/2019
11/2019
9/2019
9/2020
In service for private hire and film work. Also used during Tube/DLR strikes, on which RML2682 is pictured. RMA58 is a former BEA model that previously ran with Ensignbus. RML2323 was previously preserved in green livery.
Some Volvo B7TLs are also owned for work requiring PSVAR vehicles.
Rent A Routemaster, Ruislip, London 840 DYE
JJD 455D

MXX 8
Routemaster (RM1840)
Routemaster (RML2455)
Regal (IV (RF366)
in service
in service
in service
9/2017
10/2019
3/2019
For wedding and private hires. RF366 was acquired from preservation.
Smartguide Travel (PHBus), Wembley, London BNK 324A (568 CLT)
JJD 524D
Routemaster (RM1568)
Routemaster (RML2524)
withdrawn from service
withdrawn from service
6/2020
6/2020
RM1568 acquired from Classic Bus North West.
Both for sale on eBay in June 2020.
Aintree Coachlines, Maghull, Merseyside 201 UZJ (97 CLT) Routemaster (RM1097) heritage vehicle 2/2023  
Peoplesbus, Liverpool, Merseyside XVS 830 (VLT 180) Routemaster (RM180) in service - private hire 6/2018 in use for weddings and private hire
Awaydays, Norwich, Norfolk CUV 151C Routemaster (RM2151) withdrawn and sold 11/2023 no longer used for private hire but may still be preserved in the Norfolk area
Carters Travel, Great Addington, Northants CUV 273C Routemaster (RM2273) in service - private hire 5/2023 in use for weddings and private hire
Poynters Coaches, Northampton, Northants CUV 271C Routemaster (RM2271) acquired 6/2023  
Henry Cooper Coaches, Cramlington, Northumberland MFF 580 (WLT 931)
218 CLT
562 CLT
640 DYE

 
Routemaster (RM931)
Routemaster (RM1218)
Routemaster (RM1562)
Routemaster (RM1640)
in service - private hire
in service - private hire
in service - private hire
in service - private hire
6/2019
8/2017
5/2016
8/2017
RMs1218, 1562, 1640 acquired from TfL in 2015 after route 9H ceased operation.
London Bus Hire Nottingham (Blackmore Commercials), Nottingham, Nottinghamshire SSL 806 (VLT 121)
JSJ 797 (174 CLT)

ALM 33B
NML 619E
Routemaster (RM121)
Routemaster (RM1174)

Routemaster (RM2033)
Routemaster (RML2619)
in service
in service
in service
in service

9/2019
9/2020

8/2020
9/2019

all available for private and wedding hire
Tiger European, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire JJD 430D Routemaster (RML2430) in service 8/2019 Acquired from Nostalgia Travel, Oxford, in 2019.
The School Bus Company, North Hinksey, Oxon

KGJ 117A (528 CLT)

Routemaster (RM1528) status unknown 6/2019 RM1528 passed from Nostalgia Travel to parent company The School Bus Company in 2019 but is no longer advertised for hire.
Shuttle Buses, Kilwinning, Scotland TKC 833T (875 YYA, DKC 359T) Reliance/Plaxton
 
in service
 
4/2018 Re-entered service in 2016 after four years, and available for school contracts and private hires
Edinburgh Bus Tours and Lothian Motorcoaches, Lothian, Scotland
VLT 163
VLT 235
VLT 237
VLT 242
VLT 281
CUV 241C
CUC 248C
Routemaster open-top (RM163)
Routemaster open-top (RM235)
Routemaster (RM237)
Routemaster (RM242)
Routemaster (RM281)
Routemaster (RCL2241)
Routemaster (RCL2248)
unlicensed
unlicensed
unlicensed
private hire/special events
private hire/special events
unlicensed
unlicensed

7/2021
7/2021
7/2021
7/2021
7/2021
7/2021
7/2021

Five of the former Mac Tours open-top or part open-top Routemasters were transferred to the Lothian/EBT heritage fleet and are being refurbished. RM237/42/81 have been reroofed.
RCL2241/8 have transferred to the sister Lothian Motorcoaches fleet and are also reroofed.
A further open-topper is extended length ERM143, which is due to re-enter service soon.

The Red Bus, Lothian, Scotland WLT 737
WLT 875
353 CLT
Routemaster (RM737)
Routemaster (RM875)
Routemaster (RM1353)
in service
in service

in service
12/2019
10/2020
7/2019
For wedding and private hire in Edinburgh and Dunfermline areas.
Regional Transport, Shrewsbury, Shropshire 490 CLT Routemaster (RMC1490) in service 8/2019 For wedding and private hire, acquired from Routemaster Buses.
Bath Bus Company, Bath, Somerset ALD 978B
SMK 665F
Routemaster (RM1978)
R
outemaster (RML2665)
private hire/special events
private hire/special events
8/2019
8/2019
Sometimes used on Glastonbury shuttles. Bath Bus Company also organise the annual Imberbus Routemaster event, see above.
Big Red Bus (Letts), Milborne Port, Somerset NMY 662E
 
Routemaster
 
no longer available for private hire, but can be hired for catering and publicity purposes
 
7/2018 Former BEA front entrance Routemasters. Sister NMY 665E is withdrawn but still owned.
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.
Brighton & Hove, Brighton, E. Sussex CUV 317C Routemaster (RML2317) in service 10/2019 used for private hire and special events
Vicky's Coaches, Colwyn Bay, North Wales WLT 999 (WVS 423) Routemaster (RM999) acquired 10/2019 Acquired from nearby Routemaster999 of Llandudno, with whom it was pictured.
Routemaster4hire, Wrexham, North Wales WLT 765
CUV 213C
CUV 344C
Routemaster (RM765)
Routemaster (RM2213)
Routemaster (RML2344)
in service for private hire
in service for private hire
in service for private hire
5/2021
5/2021
6/2023
 
Barkers Motors, Wrexham, North Wales JJD 451D Routemaster (RML2451) private/wedding hire 8/2023  
LondonBus4HireMonmouthshire, South Wales and Wandsworth, London

XFF 814 (WLT 890)
357 CLT
650 DYE
CUV 267C
CUV 344C

JJD 583D

Routemaster (RML890)
Routemaster (RM1357)
Routemaster (RM1650/SRM3)
Routemaster (RML2267)
Routemaster (RML2344)
Routemaster (RML2583)
out of service
in service for private hire
in service for private hire
in service for private hire
in service for private hire
in service for private hire
3/2021
5/2024
5/2024
2/2021
5/2024
11/2023
Vehicles are sometimes hired to Londoner Buses for operation on the tourist service T15. RM1357, SRM3 and RML2344 were in use there in April/May 2024 and RML2583 in December 2023. 
 
Midland Red South (Stagecoach Midlands), Stratford and Rugby, Warwickshire JJD 565D
SMK 738F
Routemaster (RML2565)
Routemaster (RML2738)
in service for private hire
in service for private hire
6/2020
6/2019
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)
private/wedding hire
private/wedding hire
 
1/2020
7/2015
RCL2220 is convertable open-top, and acquired from Stephensons of Rochford in 2014.
Southern Transit, Beeding, West Sussex VLT 116
CUV 179C
SMK 660F
Routemaster (RM116)
Routemaster (RM2179)
Routemaster (RML2660)
preserved/special events
private hire/special events
private hire/special events
11/2021
12/2023
3/2024
RM116 was acquired from preservation and has hydraulic suspension. RM2179 and RML2660 are regularly used for private hire and weddings. RML2742 (SMK 742F) is also owned but is stored in poor condition.
Wilfreda Beehive, Doncaster, S. Yorkshire CUV 280C Routemaster (RML2280) in service 6/2022  
York Pullman, York, Yorkshire 792 UXA (WLT 787)
MFF 578 (WLT 329)
Routemaster open-top (RM787)
Routemaster (RM329)
in service
in service
8/2022
9/2023
for private hire and weddings
Red Bus Days, Keighley, West Yorkshire JJD 475D
KGJ 603D
Routemaster (RML2475)
Routemaster (ex BEA)
in service
in service
5/2024
3/2019
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) private hire/special events 6/2024 for private hire and weddings, and museum open days

Acknowledgements:

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