New Routemaster Plus +
to this special two-disc programme featuring not only London’s ‘New Routemaster’
(LT) but also the original Routemasters
operating on the two heritage services in London and on the bonus disc, the Yutong Citymasters in
service in Skopje, Macedonia.
filming starts in central London on the 23rd
August 2013. We see the ‘New Routemasters’ on
route 24, the first route to be converted to this type of bus in full following
the trials of the 8 prototypes introduced on the 38 running between Victoria
and Hackney Central in late 2011 and early 2012. Filming locations for route 24
include Tottenham Court Road, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Parliament Square
and Victoria Street. At Piccadilly and
Piccadilly Circus we also catch up with some of the original prototypes on the
38 in ‘one person operation’ mode with their rear doors closed.
cameras returned to London on 24th July
2014, which was also the penultimate day of the Routemaster
heritage service 9. By now the following
routes are running with ‘New Routemasters’ –
8, 9, 10, 11, 24, 38, 148 and the 390.
Filming locations include Aldwych,
Strand and Trafalgar Square before we board RM1776 (776 DYE) for a ride to the
busy Hyde Park Corner for more action.
Victoria is the next stop where we see RT191 (HLW 178) working on ‘The
Wartime London Tour’. Yet more LTs are
seen in Victoria Street on the 11, 24 and 148, and on Buckingham Palace Road
where we see a number of LTs on the 38, some wearing all over black liveries
advertising a well known sporting brand.
We now board a ‘New Routemaster’,
LT236 (LTZ 1236) on the 38 to Hyde Park Corner in order to catch the 9 service
to Kensington High Street. Operated by
silver liveried SRM3 (650 DYE) we enjoy the sounds from the lower deck on the
way to our destination. After filming
both New and old Routemasters at
the layover stop in Kensington High Street for the 9 we board RM1913 (ALD 913B)
for the ride back to Hyde Park Corner.
Our final location for the day is Marble Arch with plenty of action
featuring the ‘New Routemasters’ as
well as a whole host of new and older current London buses.
bonus disc is a real treat for you! In
late August 2014 the independent transport videos
paid a visit to Skopje the capital city of Macedonia in the former
Yugoslavia. Introduced in 2011, the Yutong Citymaster is a
mirror image ‘Routemaster
look-alike’. Manufactured in China these
buses were purchased to give the city a ‘retro-look’ to match the new retro
style buildings currently being built all over the city. In the 1950s London Transport sent their
entire STD class of double deckers to
Yugoslavia to help the county’s transport back on its feet after the
devastation of the Second World War, so these buses are somewhat of a salute to
the past. Our cameras film them in
action in the city, and take two rides, one half way up a mountain to the
Millennium Cross cable car station, the other to a small village just out of
the city centre. They are very nice
vehicles. Excellent pulling power and
efficient air con – it was 36C degrees on the day of filming!
hope you enjoy the New Routemasters Plus
|| 83 minutes (approx).
|| Within UK - £18
|| Rest of world -
|| DVD -R on 2 discs
|| Picture Aspect 16:9