|Former London Transport AEC Militant Master Breakdown Tender 1456MR has been resident at the London Bus Museum in Brooklands since it opened in 2011, and was at the earlier Cobham museum for many years before that. It still carries the brown livery of the National Rescue Group (NRG), who had bought the vehicle from LT in 1983. Retired in 1990 it was bought by the Managing Director of NRG (Andy Lambert) and has seen occasional use ever since, moving items around the museum (including aircraft). During an event held on 26th June 2022, 1456MR was on display with its jib raised. Its LT fleetnumber had been reapplied a couple of years ago, and a more recent addition was a label on the cab doors for 'Brooklands Recovery Engineering And Salvage Team', featuring a slightly saucy drawing of a young woman, alluding to the initials of the 'organisation'!
In the background is one of several buses adorned with purple and white vinyls to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. This scheme was (to my eyes) not particularly attractive, and certainly less refined than the overall silver and gold schemes that appeared for the jubilees in 1977 and 2012 respectively. Also visible is former Go-Ahead London WVL1, one of the first Wright Gemini buses. I remember the impact these distinctive buses made when they first appeared in 2002. Many later examples of the so-called 'Nokia' buses are still in service in London and elsewhere, though the same can probably not be said for the phones that they supposedly resembled.
|Photo date:||26/06/2022||Size:||Regular. An extra large copy of this photo is available.|