RML 2301 was built by AEC Park Royal in 1965 and entered passenger service with London Transport (country area) at Godstone (GD) garage. The bus was one of a batch of 11 RML`s which operated in LT red at Godstone as opposed to the Lincoln green colours.
This bus was transferred to various garages across London during its history. To garages such as Stamford Hill, Highgate, Muswell Hill, Chalk Farm, Putney and Battersea.
In 1990 RML2301 received a new engine. An Iveco 8361 I.000.00 A.025 engine replaced the AEC AV.590 in order to make the emissions cleaner.
In 1993 RML2301 received a new livery of cream and maroon and was taken over by Kentish bus and operated on route 19 out of Battersea garage.
In 1995 still in Kentish bus colours RML2301 came back onto route 410 operating from Bromley North Station to Redhill. Again quite an amazing sight to see her mixing with green liveried Routemasters.
In 1997 London Transport went through privatisation and Kentish bus with RML2301 was absorbed by Arriva.
In 2005 the bus was purchased by MR P.Gurney and to be restored back to its former glory of London Transport red with original seat moquette of red and yellow stripes, burgundy interior and cream ceiling. The original indicator ears have also been installed.
RML2301 has been beautifully resprayed red and is ready for private hire.
In March to June 2011 she was used operated on the Route 706 which ran from Knockholt Pound to Knockholt Station.
She ran the very first journey on Monday 14th March 2011
RML2301 spent the next 8 years at Battersea garage working on route 19 (Battersea Bridge to Finsbury Park).
In 1965 Godstone garage operated routes 409, 410, 411 and Green Line 709. It was therefore quite a sight to see red Routemasters working alongside green Routemasters on the same route. This was due to a shortage of vehicles at Godstone and 11 red Routemasters were quickly supplied.
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