London comes to Wythall

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AEC Routemasters and a solitary RT make a fine line-up. NICK LARKIN










Nick Larkin reports from a new event which brought a touch of London to the West Midlands

London buses descended on the Transport Museum Wythall for a new event which the organisers hope will become annual. As expected, AEC Routemasters proved popular but variety was assured with examples of the Volvo Ailsa, AEC RTL, Bristol LH, AEC RF and MCW Metrobus alongside buses with a London connection from Wythall’s own fleet.

Two open top Routemasters, RM 1783 and RMC 1510, posed alongside BMMO D9 3016 HA. Bizarrely with this integral double-decker often being described as Midland Red’s equivalent to the Routemaster, this D9 was sold, along with six others, to Obsolete Fleet in London for use on sightseeing work in the Capital from 1975 to 1981. Converted to open-top by LPC Coachworks in Hounslow, the D9s received London Transport Red livery and carried a cast LT roundel on their grilles. Wythall bought 3016 HA in 1984.

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