Tuesday 27 May 2014

Routemaster 521 enters service on the Seafront 12

Former Blackpool AEC Routemaster 521 at the Cliffs Hotel, with Flexity 007 departing from the adjacent tram stop
Former Blackpool Routemaster 521 (583CLT) entered passenger service on the Oakwood Travel operated Seafront 12 route today. 521 (formerly RM1583 with LT) has been in preservation with the Lancastrian Transport Trust since 2003, and was one of a batch of six ex London Transport AEC Routemasters that were purchased by Blackpool Transport in 1986 for use on their crew operated routes, 521 being the first to enter service. The fleet of Routemasters were used on various routes thoughout Blackpool during the 1980s and 90s, but were all sold off to Reading Mainline in 1997. 
See The Blackpool Routemaster by Paul Turner for a full history of the Routemasters in Blackpool.

Routemaster 521 and ex Lothian Buses Volvo Olympian P269PSX with Blackpool Transport Trident 348 at North Pier
Routemaster 521 laying over at the northern terminus of the Seafront 12 service outside the Cliffs Hotel
Routemaster 521 passing through Gynn Square heading for the northern terminus of the Seafront 12 route
Routemaster 521 at Talbot Square with southbound Flexity 005 passing by on the way to Starr Gate
Routemaster 521 passing St Annes sandhills in 1987 on the Blackpool to St Annes route 12
Routemaster liveried Balloon 701 at the Tower in 1992, this tram is due to receive the same livery again this year

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