Double Deck Tours Ltd. | A Brief History

Updated: Jan 8, 2021

Double Deck Tours Limited, Niagara Falls, Ontario was established by the late Norman Watson in 1965 when he purchased three ex-London Transport RTW buses (127/8/48). A year later another three buses were acquired. These were lowbridge ECW-bodied Bristol K6A ex-Crosville (DKA 319/27/37). An ex-London Transport RTL (1315) arrived in 1967.

During the 1970s a large fleet of RT buses was purchased, followed in the 1980s onwards by Routemasters. The total fleet reached over 20 buses and at its peak was the largest single owner of Routemasters in the world. Following a decline in tourism and patronage the fleet has been considerably reduced. On 16 April 2012, a left-hand drive ECW-bodied Leyland Olympian was added to the fleet but this was only used once for an enthusiasts' tour. It was sold in 2016.. The company was sold to Ambassatours, Halifax, NS on 31 October 2018. The fleet on this date consisted of 7 RM, 3 RML and 2 RCL. This was reduced on 11 November 2018 when five buses (1, 14, 15, 23 and 24) were transferred to Halifax. Future DDT updates will appear in the 2019 - 2020 album


Double Deck Tours Ltd., Niagara Falls - a Fleet History

Double Deck Tours Ltd., Niagara Falls - a Fleet History was published by Buses Worldwide in October 2012. The book contains detailed information about every bus that has been owned as well as a history of the company. The book costs GBP 10.00 (including postage) in the UK. It is available in North America for C$30.00 or US$35 (including postage). Please contact for more information if you wish to purchase a copy. Regular updates appear in the British Buses Abroad magazine.

All photographs © Paul A. Bateson

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