Five ‘Gibson’ tickets (front and back) issued in 1977 on the ‘SRM’ class of 25 silver liveried RM Routemasters that operated on a number of routes in 1977, each spending a few months at one garage allocated to a particular route.
The buses were newly overhauled, and in addition to the silver livery, were fitted with interior carpets (in part a research project on the part of the International Wool Secretariat.)
This was something of a contrast with the buses receiving a gold livery for the 2002 Jubilee, where in some cases the job was done by means of vinyl over the dents and scrapes…
The buses were allocated to a specific running schedule, with conductors on relevant duties being issued with yellow ticket rolls.
Each bus was sponsored, and the ticket rolls carried adverts for that sponsor on the back – probably the first time that advertising had appeared on LT tickets since the end of Bell Punch ticketing.
This collection also helps to answer the question of when LT’s Gibsons were converted to print a code letter rather than the fare value – it pins the date down to 1977 or earlier.
The route 38 ticket shows the ticket class ‘C/M’ – ‘Cheap Mid-day’ was not an official class in use by 1977 (and probably not one ever used officially on LT Gibsons).
The London Transport Museum website has an interior – shot here and an exterior shot here of the ‘SRM’ class.
Photograph and Copy contributed by Jon