The Routemaster appreciation thread

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17 Nov 2006, 12:35 am

This is why I "left" WP, because the place was growing on me. Because of CockneyRebel, I'll never look at buses the same way ever again.

I'm not obsessed with buses...yet. Actually, I did briefly have a related obsession. About a year ago, after I saw the move "Murder on the Orient Express," I experienced a short-lived fascination with the Orient Express. All I remember is that the company that ran it was called Wagon-Lit, and it ran from Paris to Belgrade, and beyond.


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17 Nov 2006, 12:49 am

First of all, I would like to thank you. :D

Secondly, I would like to say that I appreciate the Routemaster for many reasons.

:arrow: They have been a staple on London's streets for nearly 50 years.

:arrow: Their two main colours of livery are red and green, which are also my favourite colours.

:arrow: The First Production Routemasters look like they have rosey cheeks, due to their brake and radiator grilles.

:arrow: Routies appear to be smiling, therefore, they've given London a human face.

:arrow: They go Ding! Ding! - Modern double deckers don't make that cheerful noise.

:arrow: The Half-Cab front and the Chasis Pole are the two main things that make them beautiful.

:arrow: They also look adorable from the back.

:arrow: It's very hard for me to resist a happy little Bus, when I'm browsing a Flea Market or a Hobby Store.



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17 Nov 2006, 12:55 am

Dont forget the internal lights-lovely frosted glass round/oval lights inside.



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17 Nov 2006, 1:00 am

Most people don't know this, but Noah's Ark was actually an early Routemaster prototype.


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17 Nov 2006, 1:06 am

When the US decided to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, the delivery vehicle first chosen was not an airplane but a Routemaster. President Truman vetoed that idea, however, claiming that the power of the atom bomb, combined with the awesomeness of the Routemaster, would just inflict too much damage on Japan. This decision probably saved Truman from being convicted of war crimes.


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17 Nov 2006, 1:10 am

There should be a Pimp my Ride episode on a Routemaster, or something of the sort. Just pimp it out, and I'm sure Cokney'd be pleased!


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17 Nov 2006, 1:10 am

The Trojan Horse was actually a Routemaster.


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17 Nov 2006, 1:23 am

KBABZ wrote:
There should be a Pimp my Ride episode on a Routemaster, or something of the sort. Just pimp it out, and I'm sure Cokney'd be pleased!


this is a little insider info, but Chip Foose from "Overhaulin' " is doing a bus as we speak.......


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17 Nov 2006, 1:40 am

If Pharoah Ramses had owned a Routemaster, the Jews would still be slaves in Egypt.


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17 Nov 2006, 6:06 am

I would have never have wanted to go to London, if the Routemaster didn't exist.



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17 Nov 2006, 6:26 am

What if it was in your hometown, not London? What would you do then, I wonder?


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17 Nov 2006, 8:20 am

The reason Hitler devised all those missiles to bomb London was that he was insanely jealous of how cute the Routemasters were, compared to the boring, shtupid German busses.


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17 Nov 2006, 8:10 pm

In the 1985 film Back To The Future, the time-travelling Delorean was originally a Routemaster, until a group of concerned parents protested against the rumored offscreen romance between Michael J. Fox and the Routemaster.

The walls of Constantinople stood for 1000 years. In 1453, Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II ordered the deployment of the feared weapon known as al-Aqbari, which is Arabic for "Routemaster." Constantinople was his the next day.


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17 Nov 2006, 8:17 pm

The Crimson King was originally going to be a Routemaster. Stephen King decided not to make the main villain of the Dark Tower series more powerful than Roland.


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17 Nov 2006, 8:42 pm

Jesus' father was not God, and his mother was not Mary.

Garlic was his father, and a Routemaster was his mother. That was why there was literally no room at the inn for them.


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17 Nov 2006, 8:54 pm

Ha ha! your mom's a routemaster!