Firstly, was this Routemaster, WLT 951, which certainly seems to have got around a bit. She was seen outside an English style pub/restaurant type set up a short walk from where we were staying. She looked in very good condition, though seemed to be used more as a tool for capturing the attention of customers more than anything! This bloke kindly stopped his bus to allow me to get a photo of the 2 posed together, quite a rare shot! I've taken this overview of its history from www.countrybus.org:
RM951 WLT 951 new: 8/5RM5/8 11/61 NX into service on 141 1965 NX 5/66 NX to Aldenham overhaul 5/66 NX from overhaul 5/66 WN transfer 1967 WN 8/69 WN repaint 3/73 PM transfer 5/73 Aldenham overhaul, body changed to B910 5/73 X after overhaul 9/74 Xu unlicensed 3/75 X relicensed 6/76 X repaint 3/78 Aldenham overhaul, body changed to B786 3/78 GM after overhaul 1/82 GM showbus 9/82 Aldenham overhaul; no body change. 10/82 CA (N) after overhaul GM transfer: showbus CA (N) transfer: showbus 6/86 withdrawn, 9/86 bought by Clydeside Scottish 5/89 taken overby Western Scottish, #C63 8/90 sold to Lister (Bolton) sold to Brakell Omnibus Sales (Cheam) sold to Kangaroo Colnbrook for export to Australia. but remained in England. (seen around Windsor and Surrey) 1997 sold back to Brakell. 3/98 bought by Jim Moore, Hillsboro, Texas USA, exported to USA: shoppers shuttle service 3/00 in preservation by Jim Moore, Hillsboro, Texas 7/05 bought by Atlantis Limo, Orlando, Florida 11/08 retired for preservation by Scoobey Meltcher
The best find came in the shape of JHW 62E, an Ex Bristol Omnibus, Bristol Lodekka. She looked like she may have been sat there a while, on the grass verge of this duel carriageway coming into the centre of Orlando. From what I could see she was actually serving very little purpose. There was a billboard next to the bus advertising space for RVs, but there was no real green site anywhere near the bus! The interior of the Lodekka was completely stripped, but there was a what looked like a generator along with some CCTV installed on the back of the bus. Good to see she's still surviving though, and in relatively good nick.