New 64-seater 'Routemaster' buses - London Transport's GBP10 million trolleybus replacement - will make their full-scale appearance on the streets Nov. 11.
New 64-seater 'Routemaster' buses - London Transport's GBP10 million trolleybus replacement - will make their full-scale appearance on the streets Nov. 11. Seventy-one 'Routemasters', designed to give passengers their smoothest-ride ever, will take over on routes now serviced by trolleybuses.
During suitability tests, the 'Routemasters' were subjected to the famous 'skid-patch' at the Chiswick Training Centre, and a 'tilt' test at Aldenham overhaul works, Boreham Wood, Herts. These tests are designed to reveal the vehicle's reactions to most extreme conditions.
Heating on both decks - first time in a London bus, fully automatic gear change, independent suspension, and weight saving aluminium alloy bodies are among many new features of the 'Routemaster'. To facilitate servicing the new vehicles, London Transport have developed new techniques, and installed new apparatus at the depots concerned. Trolleybuses had to be cleaned by hand because of their electrical equipment, but the 'Routemasters' will be fuelled (diesel), topped up with oil and water, vacuum cleaned and machine washed on flow-line methods, all in a few minutes as they enter the depot at the end of a service run.
STATISTICS: 27-ft long; 8-ft wide; 16ft 9in wheelbase; Laden weight 11 tons; Unladen weight under 7 tons; Seating - 28 downstairs. 36 upstairs; Engine - well known A.E.C.9.6 litre direct injection diesel unit, developing 125 bhp at 1,800 rpm.