Mabel the Routemaster
Mabel is a 1968 RML (Routemaster Long) RML 2751 - ninth from the end of production which had started in 1956 after design and prototype from 1954.
Our RML finished service in 2004 after 36 years working, along with the majority of RMs & RMLs that were still in service. Just a few still operate in London now on the Route 15 (heritage route) However of the 2760 made over 1200 still remain worldwide in various disguises, which is testament to the build quality of this iconic British bus. It predecessor the RT was produced to a quantity of almost 7000 pre 1954 but with wooden frames rather than aluminium, few survivors exist.
RML 2751 has had an interesting life from it's creation in 1968. During it's time in service Mabel has worked mainly out of Croydon & Shepherds Bush depots, a brief history shown below.
RML2751 SMK 751F 1/68 new to Aldenham
1/68 TC into service on 130 group (Croydon)
1969 TC used on 68
11/70 TC to Aldenham repaint, and return
9/73 TC into store
7/74 TC ..and out
12/74 TC to Aldenham overhaul
12/74 HT from o/h, B2731 (Holloway)
2/75 S transfer (Shepherds Bush) from last bodyswap with B2731
1990 fitted with Cummins engine
11/94 S privatised to London United
12/97 S London United
1/00 S London United
1/04 S withdrawn..
1/04 V ..into store (Turnham Green) 2/04 sold to M.Nash (Weybridge)
8/04 bought by Dr.Lidsey and Miss Spratt, Bromley for preservation
Currently Operated and Cared for by YMS Travel Ltd, Aylesham, Kent.
We have much work for Mabel to still complete and after her recent restoration inside and outside she is ready for the 2018 season for wedding, corporate events and of course...... her 50th Birthday celebrations.