The unforgettable RTW Bus
An icon of London loved around the world
All aboard for a trip down memory laneWhen they say “London” what do you think of? Yes, the big, bright red London bus. People love it. And of all the big bright red buses ever, the RTW and Routemaster models were most loved. When “they” planned to ditch them, Londoners protested. But as usual, “they” won.
The RTW was an immediate hit with Londoners and tourists alike. Introduced in May 1949, the RTW became a familiar sight on London streets – although initially it was ‘banned’ from operating in the centre because its extra width gave the authorities cause for concern. But eventually, just like the people of London, the authorities were won over by this beautiful bus's combination of eye-catching practical design and timeless charm.
If you’re lucky enough to ride one of the few remaining ‘open platform’ buses still running in the capital on the ‘Heritage’ number 9 and 15 routes you’re in for a real treat. Not only are they far comfier than those soulless, stop-start driver-only buses brought in to replace them, but they just ‘feel’ right too. And they've got far more charisma than those "new" Routemaster buses they introduced in 2012!
The classic big, red London busThat’s why we’ve brought back the RTW, just for you, in incredible 1:76 scale diecast metal detail. We’ve chosen the lovely old number 22. Running down from Piccadilly to the King’s Road, it symbolised swinging 60s London, stopping off at Mary Quant’s legendary boutique and World’s End where, on a good day, you may have spotted supermodel Twiggy or a mop-topped Beatle.
Featuring real rubber tyres, accurate period advertising and liveries, this hand-finished replica is only available from us. It will arrive on a display plinth and stored in a presentation box. There’s also a fascinating 4-page colour booklet telling the story of this wonderful vehicle. Worth £14.99, all of this is yours for just £1.99 (+ FREE p&p). You will also receive with your model a splendid official Transport for London Heritage Buses poster absolutely FREE!
And that’s not all. Order today and you’ll be placed on our priority delivery service – each month you will receive the latest model in our ‘Great British Buses’ collection. Plus, with your next three deliveries, you will also receive some exclusive FREE gifts. Read on to find out more…
More great buses, more FREE giftsOnce you’ve received your RTW classic red London bus, you’ll definitely want to see the next Great British Bus we’ve created – the magnificent Bristol Lodekka. And it’s not just any Lodekka - it’s an open-top classic from the Southdown service running along Brighton’s famed promenade. Unmissable! Worth £14.99, it’s yours for just £9.99, plus £4.99 p&p. You’ll also receive along with your model and 4-page colour booklet, FREE of charge, four wonderful gifts: A ‘Best of British Buses’ DVD worth £12.99, a set of 6 RTW Bus cigarette-style cards, a set of 6 Bristol Lodekka cigarette-style cards, and a stylish Collector’s Album in which you can store them!
The next month, we’ll be delighted to send you the next Great British Bus – the hardy little Bedford OB. This bull-nosed beauty was a mainstay of rural fleets throughout the 1940s, and ours shows it in its classic Wallace Arnold livery, so evocative of days out at Scarborough and Whitby. Pure nostalgia on wheels! Along with its 4-page colour booklet it is yours for just £14.99, plus £3.49 p&p. Even better, it will arrive with a FREE set of 6 Bedford OB cigarette-style cards and a splendid ‘London Bus Inspectors’ enameled metal pin badge. Worth £4.99 it’s also yours absolutely FREE!
Pay tribute to the classic British Buses of yesteryearBy now, we know you’ll be waiting for your next Great British Bus with eager anticipation. You’ll be well-used to carefully removing each model from its lovingly-designed box and admiring the care and craftsmanship that’s gone into creating each fabulous model – not to mention the fascinating 4-page colour booklets you’ve also been sent.
So for your next delivery we’ve really pulled out all the stops and gone for a real show-stopper: the fabulous Q1, London’s last-ever trolleybus! The attention to detail is simply superb on this historic model, from the skilfully executed trolley poles on the top of the bus to the period-correct advertising hoardings on the front and sides. Accept this model and 4-page colour booklet for just £14.99, plus £3.49 p&p, and it will be sent to you with a FREE set of 6 Q1 Trolleybus cigarette-style cards plus a FREE metal hip flask worth £7.99.
As a bus model enthusiast, we hope you’ll appreciate what an incredible offer this is – and you don’t even have to send any money now. There’s no commitment – ever – and you only pay for the models you keep. Return your model or cancel your order within 10 days and you’ll owe us nothing! All subsequent issues are £14.99 plus £3.49 p&p.