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Last working day at the famous London buses

December 8 2005

Today is the last working day at the famous London "Rutmastera, double-deck red bus with open rear footrest. By evening, most of them already will go were left behind Route 159 Marble Arch - Stretham Hill, and by noon tomorrow, the last "Rutmaster" completes its half-century of service to several generations of Londoners and visitors of the British capital.

For the first time on the streets of London buses, these appeared in 1950. They have quickly gained popularity and became, perhaps, was the main attraction of the city. 2 760 "Rutmasterov" cruised on city streets in the years 1956-1968. Although initially it was planned that their life will be limited to 17 years, the final "verdict" it was passed only in 2003. Then it was decided to replace them with new two-tiered buses with 140 seats each. Several "Rutmasterov" still remain on the roads, they will operate as a "historical exotica" on the tourist trail, Covent Garden - Knightsbridge, ITAR-TASS

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