If you favour the front seat of the top deck, get in line for a new view as this Saturday sees the return of the original RT-Type bus to the streets of London for one day only. The historic buses will be whizzing around the city operating a special route 22 service (Piccadilly Circus to Homerton) in celebration of the model’s seventy-fifth birthday. A lovingly restored RT1, which was the very first RT-Type bus to be produced back in 1939, will also be hitting the highway.
All of the services will be run by the London Bus Museum and manned by a troop of willing volunteers. Trips start at 10.30am and are free of charge with the exception of rides on the RT1, which will set you back £10. This does contribute to the upkeep of the very special vehicle, though, and we have a feeling the purr of that engine will be temptation enough to get any bus boffin to cough up.
If you fancy a trip further afield, the London Bus Museum in Surrey will be holding its annual ‘Spring Gathering’ on Sunday April 13 with heaps of historic four-wheelers on show. Stephanie Hartman
Visit the London Bus Museum website for more information.