Route 12

A number 12 on Westminster Bridge using a routemaster bus of the long RML type. These modernized buses have had their original AEC or Leyland engines replaced by Cummins. The updated interiors have amongst other thing had the bulbs replaced by strip lighting. No doubt in these modern times the bulbs would have been stolen or thrown out of the windows. 

One good thing about these buses is that unlike most modern ones is that on hot days like this the upper deck front windows can be wound down to give a nice cool breeze. Instead of roasting in what is often like a greenhouse.
1 August 2001.
Photograph. John King.

At times the 12 was one of London's longest bus routes. 

In 1912 it was run by LGOC in conjunction with Thomas Tilling Ltd. The route then was Turnham Green - Shepherd's Bush - Marble Arch - Oxford Circus - Charing Cross - Westminster Bridge Elephant and Castle - Peckham Rye. By 1931 the LGOC ran the 12 between South Croydon and Oxford Circus.

At its full extent the route ran all the way from South Croydon to Harlsden, At times however it was run in sections. In more recent years bits have been withdrawn from each end at times. Now the number 12 runs only between Dulwich and Notting Hill Gate.

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