The Routemaster is dead, long live the Routemaster.

Not exactly "steel wheel on steel rail", but interesting nonetheless: The London Bus Museum at Brooklands in Weybridge, southwest of central London.  Weybridge is easily reached via SouthWest Trains from London Waterloo station (Clapham Junction) in about 30 minutes. 

My friend Michael Evans, of macfilos.com fame, recently paid the museum a visit. Michael is not really a transportation enthusiast, but rather a very serious devotee to photography and well known in Leica camera circles. He rarely misses a good opportunity to point his Leica at intriguing and spell binding objects. And the "Annual Routemaster Summer Outing" was just such an irresistible event. 

London is well known for a plethora of fascinating sites and things. Among those are it's famous buses. Always red (on the metropolitan London routes), almost always double deckers, with open rear decks, belching diesel exhaust into the air. The most famous of these were the "Routemaster" buses. Produced between 1954 and 1968 they became a British cultural item. Over 2500 of these buses were produced. Around 1982 the Routemaster started to be withdrawn. I remember riding them during my early visits to London. I believe it was on routes 10 or 11. The conductor would even climb the stairs to the upper deck and collect fares. 

Of course, this being Britain, there is also a Routemaster Association, whose web site is full of little tidbits of Routemaster trivia. 

In any case, here are some of Michael's photographic impressions of the "Annual Routemaster Summer Outing":

Please take a few minutes to read about Michael's visit on his blog here.

 

All photographs by Michael Evans.