RM 291 (VLT 291) BUILT 1960

Chassis: AEC Routemaster A304 B304
Body: Park Royal No B304
Engine: AEC AV690 11.3 litre diesel and automatic gearbox
Vehicle classification: RM

RM 291
RM 291 at Worthing seafront. 7/96


RM 291 entered service in April 1960 at West Ham garage as part of the trolleybus replacement scheme. After 25 years service its was sold to Clydeside Scottish and worked in the Glasgow area for four years until a change of policy resulted in the demise of Routemasters in that area.

I've shown the history of body B304 rather than RM 291. Because of LTs unique overhaul procedure the body is the largest single component of the vehicle that can be tracked back to 1960. Therefore the bus you are looking at is more RM 304 than RM 291.

History of body B304
Park Royal Vehicles u - West Ham 4/60 RM 304
West Ham - Stockwell u 4/62
Stockwell u - Walworth u 5/62
Walworth u - Mortlake t 11/62
Mortlake t - Tottenham 1/63
Tottenham - West Ham 4/63
West Ham - Walthamstow 10/63
Walthamstow - West Ham 3/64
West Ham - OVERHAUL 5/64
OVERHAUL - Upton Park 6/64 RM 326
Upton Park - West Ham 10/64
West Ham - Camberwell 1/65
Camberwell - Camberwell u 10/67
Camberwell u - Abbey Wood u 9/68
Abbey Wood u - Bexleyheath u 11/68
Bexleyheath u - Abbey Wood 12/68
Abbey Wood - OVERHAUL 1/71
OVERHAUL - Camberwell 2/71 RM 353
Camberwell - OVERHAUL 3/76
OVERHAUL - Peckham 4/76 RM 406
Peckham - Brixton 8/76
Brixton - WORKS FLOAT 12/80
OVERHAUL - Catford 1/81 RM 291
Catford - Seven Kings 10/81
Seven Kings - Edmonton 4/84
Edmonton - Edmonton u 11/85
Turnham Green u - AEC Southall w 11/85
AEC Southall w - Aldenham u 1/86
t - Trainer, u - Unservicable, w - Withdrawn

RM304
The original owner of body 304 was of course RM 304, seen here at Tottenham garage in the early 60s. Photo: Michael Rooum


Romford
RM 291 in about 1980, towards the end of its career with London Transport. Photo Peter Plummer


Glasgow
And nearing the end of its career with Clydside Scottish. Photo: Geoff Rixon

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