Bus - Double Decker inc Routemaster
A double-decker bus is a bus that has two levels.  While double-decker long-distance coaches are in widespread use around the world, double-decker city buses are less common.  Double-decker buses are popular in some cities of Europe and in parts of Asia, usually in former British colonies. 

 

Some double-deckers specialise in short sight-seeing tours for tourists for, as William Gladstone observed, "the way to see London is from the top of a 'bus." (Gladstone was referring to London's once ubiquitous double-deck horse drawn omnibuses, rather than a motor bus).

GB (UK) England
GB (UK) England
Routemaster Bus ExpoBus-click for a larger picture
Routemaster Bus ExpoBus 
Routemaster Bus ExpoBus
Location
Knebworth
County
Hertfordshire, England
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Number of passengers: Up to 70 passengers and 2 members of Routemaster staffLuggage:2 large + 2 small Available only with chauffeur:chauffeur Driver and host/hostess providedGearbox:manual Power steering: Leather interior:Leather Sofas Air conditioning: Audio:radioFull entertainment system including surround sound and plasma screens
Routemaster Bus RML 2374-click for a larger picture
Routemaster Bus RML 2374 
Routemaster Bus
Location
Knebworth
County
Hertfordshire, England
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Number of passengers: Up to 70 passengers and 2 members of Routemaster staffLuggage:2 large + 2 small Available only with chauffeur:chauffeur Driver and host/hostess providedGearbox:manual Power steering:
Routemaster Bus RML 2390-click for a larger picture
Routemaster Bus RML 2390 
Routemaster Bus
Location
Knebworth
County
Hertfordshire, England
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Number of passengers: Up to 70 passengers and 2 members of Routemaster staffLuggage:2 large + 2 small Available only with chauffeur:chauffeur Driver and host/hostess providedGearbox:manual Power steering:
Routemaster Bus RML 2548-click for a larger picture
Routemaster Bus RML 2548 1966
Routemaster Bus
Location
Knebworth
County
Hertfordshire, England
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Number of passengers: Up to 70 passengers and 2 members of Routemaster staffLuggage:2 large + 2 small Available only with chauffeur:chauffeur Driver and host/hostess providedGearbox:manual Power steering:
Double Decker (left in picture)-click for a larger picture
Double Decker (left in picture) 1964
Double Decker Leyland Titan
Location
Sussex, Hampshire
County
Surrey & South London
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Number of passengers:  69 seats, (39 upper deck & 30 lower deck)Luggage:2 large + 2 small Available only with chauffeur:chauffeur Gearbox:auto Power steering:
Double Decker (right in picture)-click for a larger picture
Double Decker (right in picture) 1967
Double Decker Leyland Titan
Location
Sussex, Hampshire
County
Surrey & South London
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Number of passengers:  69 seats, (39 upper deck & 30 lower deck)Luggage:2 large + 2 small Available only with chauffeur:chauffeur Gearbox:auto Power steering:
Double-decker buses are in use throughout the United Kingdom and have been favoured over articulated buses by many operators because of the shorter length of double-deckers and less need to have standing capacity.  The majority of double decker buses in the UK are between 9.5 and 11.0 metres long, the latter being more common since the mid-1990s though there are 3-axle 12.0 metre models in service with some operators.  Double-decker coaches in the UK have traditionally been 12.0 metres in length, though many newer models are about 13.75 metres.  The maximum permissible length of a rigid double-decker bus and coach in the UK is 15.0 metres, and although there are no theoretical restrictions on height, coaches are normally built to 4.38 metres high while 'highbridge' buses are normally about 20 centimeters taller.  Articulated double-deckers are also allowed at a maximum length of 18.75 metres.

 

The red double decker buses in London have become a symbol of Britain.  A particularly iconic example was the Routemaster bus, which had been a staple of the public transport network in London for nearly half a century following its introduction in 1956.  Because of cited difficulties accommodating disabled passengers, the last remaining examples in use finally retired in 2005, although Transport for London has established two "heritage routes", which will continue using Routemasters on selected parts of routes 9 and 15.  In 2007, a hybrid-powered double-decker entered service on London Buses route 141.  From late 2008, more hybrid double-deckers from three manufacturers entered service in London.

 

Source: Wikipedia Double Decker Article
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