I don’t know how it got here. The 1968 Routemaster bus sits on a dead end lane, on an island, off the coast of England. Quite some distance from the depot in London. It has been here, according to a local, for at least 4 years. The wheels are chocked, the engine cover slung in the back and although there’s air in the tyres there’s not much life left in the number 38 bus. The driver’s door is padlocked although the rear of the bus is, by design, completely open. Cobwebs on the steering wheel. Very eerie. Very odd.

I’m not quite sure what the law is regarding vintage commercial vehicles, MOTs and insurance and being abandoned on an island but it’s not really in a position to be towed. It faces the dead end of a steep lane and looks incapable of a three point turn under it’s own steam, even if there was enough room in the road. Apologies for the iffy iPhone pics, the light was strange.

The interior pics were taken through open doors and windows. I didn’t board the bus in case Cliff Richard was lurking in there waiting to take trespassers on a summer holiday.

About The Author

Rich Duisberg

Rich Duisberg* has had work published in Classic & Sportscar, Practical Performance Car, Modern Mini, Banzai, MogMag, Evo, GT Porsche, Complete Kit Car, Absolute Lotus, Alternative Cars, Classic Retro Modern, and elsewhere. Rich often appears on CBS’s XCAR and Carfection channels, and Motors TV, plus JayEmm on Cars, enthusing about historic motoring. His latest book (find his work on Amazon) was described by SniffPetrol as "hilarious", although he was also threatened with legal action by elderly DJ Tim Westwood. In his Midlands man cave is a 1972 Fiat 500, a Lotus Elise, a BMW barge and a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike. Previous machines of interest include an Mk1 MX5 (owned for 14 years!), an Alfa GTV6, a Porsche 968 and a Sinclair C5. The Metro (right) was bought for an experiment, and abandoned in Africa. "I am not getting in a car with him" -  said Le Mans winner, Derek Bell. *A nom-de-plume inspired by the BBC's League of Gentlemen.

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