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Quick Questions Answered...

I noticed through my stats program some questions that keep being asked and asked of Google which send the folks here for answers... so, here's a list of the most popular ones and their answers... that way, if Google, MSN, or any other search engines sent you here, perhaps these answers will help you find the answers you seek!


Why are some old London Buses green and some red?

Red vs. Green

Excellent question as RLH 3 is a "London Bus" (worked with London Transport) and she's always been green and never the "big red bus" familiar to most as a London Bus.

Before service was privatized, for the most part the buses that ran in London's "centre" (within the city proper) were red... London Country or "The Green Rovers" (a "division" of London Transport) painted their buses green to distinguish them from their city cousins. London Country buses would run from the city's centre to the suburbs and "country" areas.

That way, if you were commuting from downtown to outside London, you could recognise your bus readily by colour as well as destination blinds (those bits on the front of the bus that say where it's going.)

Of course, in the REALLY early days, black with cream was a common colour used... as were a few others... but for the most part, bus bodies in red or green was standard.

(Don't get me started on silver and gold buses painted for special anniversaries... gotta keep this post short!)

Silver and Gold!


How tall is a double-decker bus?

Low Bridge

Buses usually come in at the 14' (about 4.3 meters), but there are exceptions to every rule... such as our own RLH (Regent Low Height) 3 which is just a touch over 13' (or 4 meters even)... but for the most part, assume 14' as a general height.

Very Low Bridge!
See what happens when you don't watch bridge heights? The Routemaster above became an instant convertable!


How much does it cost to run a double-decker?


That depends where you are and what type it is. Gas consumption in older vehicles tends to be ten miles to the gallon of diesel fuel. Insurance depends what you're going to do with it and where... Repairs can be VERY costly as parts can be tricky to acquire.

It's a pricey thing to consider... but to answer that question, you need to consider the following...

#1: What type of bus am I going to be running?

#2: How old is this bus?

#3: How am I going to be running it? (What type of service will it perform?)

#4: How common are parts? Where can I get parts?

#5: This is an odd shaped/sized vehicle, where am I storing it?

#6: Is the vehicle going to require special permits if it's considered "oversized" where I'm going to be running it?

#7: Will I need a special license to operate the vehicle where I'm located?

Factor these in, speak to your insurance companies, contact other bus enthusiast with the same make/model... and then you should get a good idea of the costs involved.


Why are new buses more like pure rectangles than the old buses?

Old and New

This is because of a number of reasons. First of all, in the old buses, the engine was beside the driver and passengers entered through the rear and paid a conductor. Over time, engines were moved to the rear which allowed people to pay the driver and eliminated the need for a conductor.

Also, this allowed for some measure of unifying certain things (like outside panels) making upkeep cheaper.

Basically, it's all about saving money.


What's the oldest London double-decker?

Le Compagnie Générale des Omnibus de Londres (the company which would eventually become "London General" and then "London Transport",) ran horse and buggy "knifeboard" buses (horse-drawn, multi-passenger carriages) in 1857 which had an open top deck, but independent companies installed a board for "top deck" travel with their carriages for the 1851 Exposition in London, which is where you first hear about a "double-decker" bus...


Click here for more information on these buses...

The first "motor double-decker" bus in London was a steam powered bus operated by Motor Omnibus Company in 1899. The first "petrol" bus was run by the Motor Traction Company which ran a 12 horsepower Daimler bus in 1902. London General didn't take the "petrol plunge" until 1904 when they ran an American Fischer petrol-electric chassis mounted with a double-decker body.

General X Model

Click here for more "motor bus" information...


What's with you and the buses?

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...okay, no one's REALLY "Googled" that question... but I still hope you'll read the link above... :)


There you go... the most "searched for" questions answered! I hope those that looked for these and found me now have an answer! :)

Oh, you also might want to look into my post, Double Decker Myths Busted! as well... it shows why you shouldn't worry about a "low heights" height... how we would ship our bus (RLH 3) if we should be fortunate to get it... and one that everyone seemed to like, information on "tipping" double-deckers over!


The usual last note on the old blog... PLEASE SUPPORT THE DREAM!

Please don't forget about our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and our PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, the NEW Cafe Press shop for T-Shirts and shtuff! (...and who doesn't need some shtuff!)

Please help us make this dream a reality and save a piece of history! entire family would thank you!


Thanks to UK Bus Photos, Niagara Falls Review, AEC Southall Website, FreeArt, and London Transport Museum for the images I've used above...



Comment from: Heza [Visitor] ·
You sure know about buses. I hope your dream comes true.
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No wonder you didn't rent to Useless Men. you have all the answers right here!
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I'd like to think I am a useless man myself...

...wait, that didn't come out right.
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Don't worry darling .. you are!!! ;)
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