AEC Routemaster – Vehicle Manufacturer
The AEC Routemaster is the iconic ‘London Bus’, a front-engined double-decker designed by London Transport and built by the Associated Equipment Company (AEC) and Park Royal Vehicles. The first Routemasters entered service with London Transport in February 1956 and the last were withdrawn from regular service in December 2005. The layout of the vehicle was conventional for the time, with a half-cab, front-mounted engine and open rear platform, although the coach version was fitted with rear platform doors. Forward entrance vehicles with platform doors were also produced, as was a unique front-entrance prototype with the engine mounted transversely at the rear.