Peppa Pig comes to Faversham – Hasbro, Inc. is an American multinational conglomerate with toy, board game, and media assets. in conjunction with B Bakery Afternoon Tea Tours London contracted local firm South East Coachworks to undertake a transformation of a unique classic London Routemaster bus.
This 1959 registered , ERM84 Double Deck Bus, was one of ten open top RMs original converted to open top by LT at Aldenham works in 1986 for sightseeing work in London that was then extended in 1990 ( Kent Coachworks now South East Coachworks ) by being rebuilt with the centre section of a scrap RM. So it is unusually much longer than your traditional Route Master Bus.
It last saw use in London in 2000 and was sold to Lothian Buses for use as part of their Mac Tours fleet; here it was fitted with platform doors and converted from AEC AV590 engine with Wilson gearbox to Euro II Cummins B-series engine with Allison T270 gearbox in 2004 and operated in Edinburgh from 2002 until 2016. After a period of storage it passed to Premium Tours in London in 2019 and operated back in London on sightseeing work. At the end of 2019 it passed to Brigit’s Bakery/Brigit’s Afternoon Tea Tours …… and then back to South East Coachworks to have the roof rebuilt and the interior converted for “Peppa Pig site seeing London tours”.
The bus is being delivered to the client on Monday 27th for trial runs and official starts the tours in August.
Press are welcome to take interviews and photos between 10 and 11.30 am Monday 27th.