RM1288於返港後，於一九八九年被城巴改裝成一架古典開蓬巴士，除了成為城巴1號車之外，並獲得一個古老車牌HK1931。1有著重要意義，RM1288是城巴車隊中車齡最大，稱得上是城巴中的大阿哥，所以說它是城巴一哥絕對是當之無愧。在改裝成開蓬巴士同時，1號車伴以深藍色為主的車身顏色，同時被冠上一個特別的名字，「Auntie Nora」，直到早年，HK1931才改為披上城巴標準色彩 。在被鬆上城巴標準色彩初期，1號車曾被安排行走於尖沙咀碼頭及半島酒店之間，為酒店住客提供接駁天星小輪之服務，城巴於二零零九年再被鬆上以紅色為主，襯以忌廉色的車身色彩，到目前為止1號車雖然仍有用於出租服務，但相對其他租貸車隊成員，它在路面的曝光率是最少。
至於3號車(EZ8347)則是城巴在一九九一年由蘇格蘭 Clydeside Scottish Omnibuses Ltd 購入，在倫敦服役時編號為RM1703，骨子裡是一架一九六三年製造的Routemaster。在到港初期，不但其原裝Park Royal車身保持完好， 連它於蘇格蘭服役時色彩也被保留下來。直到九二年年中與2號車一併改裝作開蓬巴士，但不同是，除了上層，整個車身仍然保留原有設計，而在披上山頂纜車接駁服務色彩之後，便服務於接駁花園道纜車站及天星碼頭路線，直到被另一架利蘭奧林比安開蓬巴士(17)取代為止，而3號車最終於一九九九年退役及拆毀，是三台載客Routemaster中服役時間最短。最後的一台城巴Routemaste同樣來自蘇格蘭Clydeside Scottish Omnibuses Ltd ，倫敦服役時編號為RM870，亦是四架Routemaster中最舊，於一九六一年出廠，可惜由於到港時車齡太高，未能通過運輸處要求出牌，最後被停放於火炭車場作為零件車，最後於一九九三年被拆毀。
One of the important business sector in City Bus is the bus hiring service especially the open-top double decker. Those A.E.C Routemasters are the most outstanding in the fleet. Totally, there are four standard length (27 ft.. long and LT-class, RM) A.E.C. Routemaster bodied by Park Royal acquired between 1986 and 1991.
Fleet no. 1 and 2 , RM1288 and 1873 respectively, both initially as demonstrator for double decker served in the mainland in early 80s. They were as an exhibit in "UK exhibition" in 1984 after delivered to Hong Kong with RM1873 under the care of CMB with it original bodywork retained as served in London. While RM1288, already undergone conversion with relocation of the platform and staircase for suitable running in the mainland China and kept by City Bus. RM1288 started it trial run in Shenzhen and Guangzhou and RM1873 kept at CMB depot after the exhibition.
When RM1288 backed from China, both of them were managed by City Bus and further conversion works were carried out. Instead of the the staircase on RM1873 was converted for left-hand side driving operation in China, the open-platform on both Routemaster were fitted with door and an additional door was place at the front. In the end of 1985, this pair of Routemaster was trial run in Shenzhen and Guangzhou and RM1873 even running from Hong Kong to the capital Beijing with City Bus livery. They performed well during the promotion and finally went back to Hong Kong in early 1986 and bought by City Bus.
RM1288 was converted into open-top in 1989. The original bodywork was changed into 1930s designed and painted with deep blue colour livery. RM1288 was classed as No.1 in City Bus after registered as HK1931 and named as "Auntie Nora". In fact, RM1873 is the oldest bus in City Bus and No.1 can be represented the meaning of the oldest in Chinese. No. 1 was repainted with the standard City Bus livery and once as a resident shuttle bus between Peninsula Hotel and Star Ferry, Tsim Sha Tsui. City Bus repainted No. 1 with red and creamy livery in 2009. At present, though is a rare sight for observing No.1 on the road as other members in bus hiring fleet, it still use on the bus hiring service.
In 1990, City Bus completed the conversion works on RM1873, with a 1930s vintage look, at Tsuen Wan depot and numbered as No. 2 with registration number ES4007. The roof of No. 2 was first retained painted with livery mainly in red colour. The roof of No. 2 was finally removed in 1992 to become a fully open-top double decker as No. 1. It was then repainted with standard City Bus livery and finally withdrawn in 2001 as parts reserve for No.1. No.2 was kept in Fo Tan depot until the closure of the depot and was believed to be scrapped.
City Bus introduced two more Routemasters in 1991 from Clydeside Scottish Omnibuses Ltd. RM1703, later become No.3 in City Bus, was manufactured in 1963 and registered as EZ8347 with it original Park Royal bodywork together with the livery of Clydeside Scottish Omnibuses Ltd. It was converted to open-top with it roof removed only in 1992. No. 3 was deployed on the feeder service between Peak Tram Station in Garden Road and Star Ferry, Central before replaced by a Leyland Olympian open-top (No.17) later. No.3 was finally scrapped after withdrawal in 1999 and it was the most short-lived Routemaster among the three serving in City Bus. Another Routemaster from Clydeside Scottish Omnibuses Ltd, RM870 in London Transport and entered service in 1961, is the oldest Routemaster City Bus acquired. It was never registered as failed to pass the examination imposed by the Transport Department and used as parts reserve until demolished in 1993.
Finally, you may find that the manufactured year of No.1 is 1964 as written on it license, unmatched with the record that it was manufactured in 1962 as other record stated in the internet or written materials. This is related to a past practice of London Transport with their fleet can be overhauled separately. Different bodyworks and chassis can be combined together once overhaul completed with another fleet number when backed to service.
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車隊編號/車牌 Fleet No./Registration No.： 1/HK1931
車隊編號/車牌 Fleet No./Registration No.： 2/ES4007
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