Seating capacity : 64(36 upstairs, 28 downstairs)
Year : 1962
Introduced in 1962 to replace Trolleybuses, this vehicle was restored in late 2009 / early 2010.
RM 1124 can be considered a standard Routemaster no different to 2000 others when you review its working life, but it joined the heritage fleet as it was fitted with a Euro 2 Cummins B series engine in January 2002. This meant the engine met the emissions standards set for London until 2012, however it was declared exempt as a heritage bus, in common with all Routemasters.
RM 1124 started life at Fulwell replacing the last London Trolleybuses in May 1962. For the next 11 years the bus stayed at Fulwell even returning there in February 1967 after its first overhaul.
After a second overhaul in May 1974 the bus moved to Peckham for routes 12, 36 and 63. When Metropolitans entered service on route 63 in September 1976 RM 1124 move to Brixton for the conversion of route 109 to Routemaster. In March 1978 the bus headed west to Kingston but would return to Brixton in December 1992 to finish its London passenger service. In the meantime it had spells at Mortlake, Camberwell, Peckham and New Cross.
In 1993 its AEC engine was replaced with an Iveco 8360 and it was re-registered VYJ 806. Another change in 1994 saw it gain the red and cream 159 livery for three years.
In 2002 apart from the fitment of a Euro 2 engine it also gained a Telma electrical retarder.
Published : Fri 21st Nov. 2014 - Fri 25th Sep. 2015
This year’s Open City once again provided a thoroughly enjoyable and imaginative Mystery Architour, with the Arriva London historic Heritage Fleet bus RM 2217, itself an iconic piece of design, transporting the lucky ballot winners on a trip in London from Russell Square to Stratford, taking in St. Pancras, Kings Cross and the Boundary Gardens at Arnold Circus.
For the last seven years, for one day each year, a full bus service, route 23A, has been laid on to an abandoned village in the middle of Salisbury Plain.
Arriva London were invited to The Crescent Primary School in Selhurst, a suburb of Croydon, to show some young school children what it’s like to ride on a big red double decker bus.
Pupils of St. Joseph’s RC Infant & Nursery School, Upper Norwood, decided to contact Arriva London’s Norwood Garage to ask for a little help.
To start the year in a positive way and finish off the celebrations for the Year of the Bus, Arriva London’s Heritage Fleet RMC 1464 ‘The Open Topper’ was invited to join the New Year’s Day celebration parade through the streets of London.
Arriva’s Heritage Fleet bus assists award winning Chef Tom Kerridge to switch on Marlow’s Christmas Lights
One of the great things about this time of year for Arriva’s Heritage Fleet, is all the exciting and fun celebrations they get involved with.