Moquette sample; as used on the RM- type bus, circa 1961
During the seventies I was a bus conductor at Upton Park and can remember being impressed by this moquette. It is indicative of the minute attention to detail that went into producing the famous Routemaster bus. Although it is not apparent in the photo the yellow stripe is actually recessed into the material and lies 2-3mm below the dark coloured face. Seats on London buses get a terrific battering during the day and what this means is that the dark top absorbs all the dirt and wear but the yellow stripes below the surface remain comparatively bright and clean. The worn brown seats on our RTs looked extremely dowdy by comparison. Routemasters became such a part of the scenery over the years that we forget just how good they were. Danny from Auckland, NZ. Formally London.
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