It’s always interesting hearing the stories of people who worked on Routemasters as drivers or conductors in London, decades ago. Andrew Johnstone did both.
He chanced upon our base in the north of Edinburgh while looking to buy a car from the nearby dealer. The next thing he knew, he was back in the cab for the first time in about 30 years, driving around the yard. “The doorway feels a lot narrower now,” he said. “How do I get down? I think I used to just jump out!” Read More
Surprise parties don’t always turn out enjoyably for that lucky person. It can be a bit of a freakout to find yourself surrounded by lots of family and friends without warning, even if you like or love them. So how would Megan react when her husband Tim Vincent-Smith fixed a mystery bus trip for her and their small children to celebrate her 40th birthday on the last Sunday in April? Read More
We’re so glad to announce that Java Dance Theatre are coming back on board this August for a three week run at the Edinburgh Fringe!
This will be the third time we have collaborated with New Zealand based Sacha Copland and her talented team of dancers and actors. The last two runs of Back of the Bus sold out every show. Read More
Ah, destination blinds, now there’s something to really set the vintage bus enthusiast’s pulse racing. Not destination signs, note – in the old bus game it has to be blinds. Read More
The other day someone pointed at the open platform of RM1353 and asked me: did you take the doors off this bus? “No, it was built that way.” She looked amazed, and pleased. Read More
Here at The Red Bus we like to reward our most loyal passengers, and none of them go back further than Lewis. He was only two when he first jumped on RM1353 back in 2007.
Since then he's been on loads of times, for our Christmas trips, our storytelling shows in the Meadows and round Arthur's Seat, at our open days...
Now he is 12 so we asked him if he would like to drive another of our Routemasters, RM737, around the yard. He said yes! Read More
Two exciting bookings just confirmed: on May 26th we'll be at the Cockenzie and Port Seton Children's Gala. This is a unique community event where primary school children form a "court", parade around the East Lothian village on floats and even travel between the two harbours on fishing boats. The Gala has been running since 1949 and culminates in the crowning of the Gala Queen.
If you ask people to come up with a bunch of the best wedding venues in and around Edinburgh, they might well choose impressive country houses like Hopetoun House, Prestonfield, Winton Castle, Gosford or Broxmouth Park. Read More
The Red Bus is delighted to announce it is repainting one of its red buses... red. I know, it may not sound earth shattering but at least one of us at The Red Bus had liked the idea of ivory "to make it more of a head turner". We are grateful to all those clients, suppliers and vintage bus enthusiasts who took the trouble to give their opinion on this crucial matter! Read More
The short answer is they're all different. The long answer is they're all completely different! So many variations of engines, gearboxes, gear differentials and all that technical stuff, plus the way they may have been looked after (or not) in the last half century or so. Read More
This year we are going a bit loco with a one-off Valentine's Day ticket. The first five couples to book through this website after 9am on Wednesday February 14th will get a whopping £200 off their unique Red Bus wedding transport. Read More
Sometimes it’s best to let the pictures do most of the talking. This is one of those times – the winter wedding of Natalie and Ally, back in late November. Our buses were driven by Tony and Gordon, with Sean and Ruth conducting. Read More
Confession time. I’ve never been a bus spotter in the true sense, marking off numbers towards the ultimate goal of a complete list. But when it comes to Routemasters, and other vintage buses built for London Transport during the 1960s and 50s and even earlier, there are fascinating numbers to be had. Lots of them! Read More
Happy New Year! 2018 is already shaping up to be another busy one for The Red Bus, and it moves off in earnest on January 6. Our first footers are Emily and Harry, who will have RM875 and RM1353 in action for their wedding in Edinburgh’s Old Town, driven by our highly experienced duo of Andrew Reid and Gordon Stirling. Read More
Merry Christmas to all our passengers, clients, suppliers, drivers, conductors and mechanics!
There’s something about a red Routemaster that lends itself to the cityscape at this time of year. Especially with the destination blinds all lit up and the saloon bulbs switched on. Read More
You had to feel for them. One hundred and ninety French guests got off our three vintage red Routemasters outside gorgeous Gosford House and before they could say nous sommes arrives (wish this blog allowed an e acute) they were charged by a band of burly, yelling, sword-wielding, Jacobites. And the visitors had only been in Scotland an hour. Read More
This may not be a secret exactly but one of the best things about Edinburgh is Holyrood Park. I still recall the thrill of seeing the elephantine mass of Arthur’s Seat for the first time and the views from the top – the dizzy mix of city, hills and sea. Read More
On November 25 The Red Bus will be back at the Edinburgh Steiner School for another day of atmospheric top-deck storytelling at the Christmas Market. This year the event will feature renowned writers and storytellers Will Sutcliffe, Gillian Arbuthnott, Mike Nicholson, Elizabeth Ezra, David MacPhail and Vixy Rae. Read More