London Transport XMS7 in Victoria Street, 1969

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    London Transport XMS7 on route 503.

    The London XMS type is an AEC Merlin with Stratchens bodywork, the first type used on the RED ARROW services by London transport from 1966. XMS7 has just passed New Scotland Yard on the left of the picture an is heading for Victoria station.

    London, Victoria Street - 1969

    © 1969 Amsterdam RAIL - All Rights Reserved

    John A King, kingsway john, and 14 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. John A King 24 months ago | reply

      Nice piece of history.

    2. Amsterdam RAIL 24 months ago | reply

      Thanks John.
      I thought it was time to share this. Some more to come (Ireland).

    3. Waterford_Man 24 months ago | reply

      Agree with John, I don't remember these but still.

    4. John A King 24 months ago | reply


      Strange but both the photographs I have of these are XMS7 as well.

    5. kingsway john 24 months ago | reply

      I can just about remember being taken on one of these by my grandmother from Victoria Station

    6. st_asaph 24 months ago | reply

      A choice pic indeed. The XMSs were short lived, being withdrawn in 1973. I don't think they found any further use after their LT days. It's all change with the architecture too, I suspect. The back FX4 cab scuttling away at the left provides one element of continunity, as a fair few remain in London use even though production ceased in 1997.

    7. Bou46 24 months ago | reply

      In the early seventies I used to fly to London quite often and one had to take a bus from Heathrow to Hounslow West and from there by the Picadilly underground line. It looks to me that these were the type of buses used on that feeder service.

    8. Amsterdam RAIL 24 months ago | reply

      @All: Thank you, gentlemen.

    9. boysnips 24 months ago | reply

      one of my alltime favourites the early Strachen bodied Merlins

    10. Amsterdam RAIL 24 months ago | reply

      That's good to hear...!

    11. MoltoAlto 21 months ago | reply

      Dat London zoekt de toerist van nu geloof ik. Ik ben er nooit geweest. Vind zulke fotos wel leuk.

    12. Amsterdam RAIL 21 months ago | reply

      Dit is nog uit de tijd van 'De Wrekers'.

    13. MoltoAlto 21 months ago | reply

      en de beatles op het dak.. evergreens. beelden die ik nu wel es zie, er is iets aan de hand daar deze weken, stroken niet echt (meer) met dit. Het zal wel iets zijn. Van de cliche schoolboekjes en tV dingen waar ik groot mee ben geworden. tot iets dat ik niet echt weet; soort hang naar verleden van de britten. Dat is 2012. deze foto komt op mij wel puur over

    14. Amsterdam RAIL 21 months ago | reply

      Ja, puur is het zeker. :-)

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