This site is devoted to the history of the only Routemasters purchased new outside London.
2004 marked 40 years since the first batch of Routemasters entered service in the North East
It all began back in 1963 when The Northern General Transport Company Limited placed an order for 18 Routemasters, with a later order for a further 32. Their life with Northern General has been well documented over the years, this site is aimed at keeping you up to date with their progress since the last one ran in the north-east in 1980.
The vehicles were delivered to a different specification to those for London Transport, designed to fit with the existing fleet of Leyland Atlanteans.
All were fitted with forward entrance Park Royal bodies which, unlike their London counterparts, stayed with their original chassis throughout their lives.
They were fitted with Leyland 0.600 engines instead of the AEC AV590 and a standard worm and pinion rear axle to give a higher rear axle ratio for the long trunk routes for which they were purchased.
This site is currently under construction and will gradually be updated with the history and photographs of every vehicle from its entry into service to the present day, or the end of its life!
We are grateful to all of those photographers who have kindly donated photographs for the site, all of them will be used eventually. No acknowlegements are given to individuals, however if you would like your name added beneath any of your pictures then please e-mail us with the details and we will be happy to oblige.
ANY HELP, INFORMATION OR PHOTOGRAPHS WOULD BE GRATEFULLY RECEIVED AND APPRECIATED. It is hoped that we can build up a complete overall history of the lives of each of these vehicles, so if you have any recollections of or worked with these buses please contact pics@ northernroutemaster. co.uk(remove the space between @ and n)
We would be interested in any pics of FPT 590C in service with Northern General. If sent by post to RBL, P O Box 221, Bexleyheath, Kent DA7 9AN, all photographs will be returned.
A brief pictorial history of each bus can be accessed by clicking on the triangle below.