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AEC Routemaster RM

AEC Routemaster in Titanic Town, Movie, 1998 IMDB

Class: Bus, Double-deck — Model origin: UK

AEC Routemaster RM

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Comments about this vehicle


banger134 EN

2008-03-15 21:14


johnfromstaffs EN

2008-03-15 22:08

The bus has a route blind carrying the words "Falls Rd" quite clearly. It is painted in Belfast Corporation Red and Cream but Belfast Corporation never had any RMs. They did have quite a lot of half cab double deck buses many of which carried Harkness bodywork with five bay construction not four as in the photograph. We are therefore driven to the conclusion that this is an inaccurate representation of a Belfast bus constructed for the film. Unless we can get hold of a picture that shows the registration more clearly we may never know what the bus is. But a redundant RM would have been cheap and would only need some cream paint slapped on it to make it look a bit like a Belfast bus to the non bus freak.

-- Last edit: 2008-03-15 22:11:08

SteveA EN

2008-03-19 00:59

As you say, not a Belfast Corporation bus. About as convincing as the 'Belfast' Bristol Lodekka FLF seen in a episode of 'JAG'. Looks like a standard Routemaster to me. Note the rear destination display screen, although the blind has clearly been made up for the film and the bus has been painted up. I see from the IMDB that some street scenes were shot in Hertfordshire in the UK. I wouldn't be that surprised if the registration is an Irish one, mind.

Gag Halfrunt UK

2008-03-19 01:51

The IMDB also lists London as a location, and this looks like London to me.

johnfromstaffs EN

2008-03-20 21:21

I think that it is a RM, the rear dome and the emergency exit look right and the display screen looks right as Steve says.

chris40 UK

2008-03-20 21:28

SteveA wrote I wouldn't be that surprised if the registration is an Irish one, mind.

I think it ends in B. Steve, could it be from 1966?

johnfromstaffs EN

2008-03-22 14:49

If it ends in B it is 1964. The seven letter registrations started in 1963 with A and ran from Jan to Dec each year until E which only ran until July. F ran from August 1st 1967 to 31 July 1968 then onwards until they were reversed in 1983 then until about 98 or so when they changed every six months to use them up, before introduction of the current system. There were never any I, O, Q, or Z suffixes or prefixes.

Irish registrations never did this, and the North used I in the letters, which could be followed by up to 4 digit numbers even with three letters, and the South used Z until they introduced their own system.

-- Last edit: 2008-03-22 14:49:40

chris40 UK

2008-03-22 18:09

[:necris] I couldn't have been that drunk at that time on Thursday ... and I owned cars with A and C registrations!

Alexander DE

2008-03-22 18:12

chris40 wrote ... and I owned cars with A and C registrations!

That explains it: you did not own a B-reg ... so how could you know ... :D

johnfromstaffs EN

2008-03-23 23:10

Don't worry Chris, I have two problems - 1) I have been around a lot longer than seven digit registrations, and 2) I am enough of a nerd to know the stuff in the post above!

chris40 UK

2008-03-24 10:21

@john from Staffs: Yeah, trouble is I have both those problems too ... :/
@alexander: Sometime about sixty-odd years ago I did learn the alphabet, and you know what? I can still remember it ... :D

garco NL

2008-05-19 16:38

But is it an AEC Routemaster?

chris40 UK

2008-05-19 17:05

Er ... yes, RM. :D

ewood.eddie EN

2008-05-23 02:36

definitely RM

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