RM 738

The odd shaped grill of this bus was part of an experiment in noise reduction. Also the inside of the engine compartment was lined with a foam type substance. RM 738 stayed like this until about mid 1970 when a driver crashed the bus and broke the grill. It was then replaced with a regular grill.  The bus was in use at Abbey Wood Garage (AW) at the time.
Photograph John King.

RM 738 WLT 738 London Transport service 177. Abbey Wood, Woolwich, Greenwich, New Cross, Old Kent Road, Elephant and Castle, Victoria Embankment via Westminster or Blackfriars. Saturday afternoons and Sundays Abbey Wood and Elephant and Castle only.
Operating from Abbey Wood Garage (AW)
 Seen here at Beresford Square, Woolwich having just left  Plumstead Road behind.
5 April 1970.
Photograph John King.

This time RM 738 is seen in Greenwich on route 180 going to Abbey Wood via Abbey Estate. The bus is going over a temporary wooden bridge built over the railway bridge during repairs to strengthen it June 1970.
Photograph. John King.

RM Routemaster
Engine: A.E.C. AV 590 9636 litres rated at 115 b.h.p. at 1,800 r.pm.
Transmission: Fluid flywheel and fully automatic air operated direct acting epicyclic gearbox.
Brakes: Power hydraulic.
Body: AEC Park Royal Routemaster. to L.T. design, 27 ft. 6 ins, long and 8 ft. wide

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