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    Posted 3 years ago

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    Not quite the famous Routemaster Double Decker Bus but close. This model was first released 1966 and was eventually released in 3 colors. Cream is the most common color. Red seems to be the hardest to find. I think red was only released in 1969 and green in 1968. The cream and green models were released in the E style box and the Red in the F style box.
    The colors on the actual boxes represent where they operate. Red buses would operate in London. The others would go outside the city. I fear I have lost rack of exactly how that works.
    Perhaps I shall do the Routemaster next Monday.


    1. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 3 years ago
      Great! My two brothers would love these - they still have their Matchbox cars in the Wheel case.
    2. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you very much Efesgirl. Those Hot Wheel cases are neat.
    3. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you
    4. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you
    5. elanski elanski, 3 years ago
      I Remember these, they came after the routemaster and were in service in the 70s and 80s. People didn't like them because they couldn't just hop on and off and have their fare collected by a conductor like the routemaster, instead you had to form an orderly queue and pay the driver as you boarded. Which took 5 times as long as the old woman in front of you faffed about with her purse looking for the right change. Even that doesn't happen any more, now days it is all prepaid smart cards.
    6. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you very much elanski. Had feeling these were not quite as nice as routemaster. Would you know what the various colors mean by any chance?
    7. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you
    8. elanski elanski, 3 years ago
      Different regional operators had different colours. Your three models show the most common liveries of green, red and cream. Many countryside and longer distance operators had green but everyone knows the red ones of course because all the London Transport busses were red.
    9. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you ever so much for explaining this elanski. It is good to know.
    10. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you SEAN68.

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