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Transcript: Routemaster bus
In 1947, London Transport decided it needed a new bus. The first prototypes appeared in 1954, and the AEC Routemaster bus began service in 1956. The bright-red, double-decker bus was built from lightweight aluminium, with a front diesel engine, power steeringServolenkungpower steering and automatic gearsAutomatikgetriebeautomatic gears. Its main design feature was an open rear platformoffener, rückwärtiger Einstiegopen rear platform, which passengers used to get on and off the bus. There was seating for 64 passengers, with tickets sold by a bus conductor (UK)Schaffner(in)conductor.
Reliable and loved by Londoners and visitors alikegleichermaßenalike, the Routemaster remained in service until 2005. Soon after, work began on the New Routemaster, launched in 2012, with an easy-access low rear platformrückwärtiger Niederflureinstieglow rear platform. Original Routemasters are still in use, mainly in hier: Nostalgie-Fahrtheritage and tourism, and also in films, TV and popular culture.