Welcome to Red-RF.com - the site dedicated to London Transport's red single-deck buses

 

Site last updated 30 October 2014

Route 11 will see RTs, RTLs and RTWs back in force next Sunday, 2 November.   In David's wonderful 1974 view (before the listed Mappin & Webb building was demolished) RT476 subs for a Routemaster,   Photo © David Christie

 

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What's new
In part 2 of RT75 and a final running event in TfL's Year of the Bus, a fleet of RTs, RTLs and RTWs will run alongside New Routemasters on route 11 between Liverpool Street and Hammersmith on Sunday 2 November
 
The summary timetable, which also appears on some bus stops along the route, is here.  A fuller version, including extra journeys into the evening, is here.  The following extra services are now included:
  • A through journey from Liverpool St at 1110 to Hammersmith Brook Green, arriving at 1238;
  • An additional departure from Hammersmith Brook Green at 1247 to Aldwych, arriving 1408;
  • An additional departure from Aldwych at 1646 to Fulham Salisbury, arriving 1745;
  • Late journeys between Victoria and Liverpool Street with three buses, continuing until 2130.

 

Subject to all the usual caveats, we hope to have in service four RTWs, four RTLs and ten RTs plus RT1 - a list is here.  All three types worked alongside each other on the route on Saturdays in the mid-fifties.   RT1 will work the 0917 from Hammersmith Brook Green, the 1046 and 1236 from Aldwych, the 1138 and 1328 from Chelsea Worlds End and the 1440 from Liverpool St to Hammersmith.
 
The service is operated by London Bus Museum.  All buses will provide a free service, except for RT1 which will charge a flat fare of £5 and will be duplicated by a free bus. 
 

As a warm-up and to celebrate the 60th birthday of RT4779, the bus operated in service on routes 406 and 418 on Sunday 26 October, as part of the current TfL service provided by Epsom Coaches.  It was joined on the 406 by RT1700, another former Leatherhead bus.  A former Reigate bus, RT3148, ran photographers' specials on the 406A Express, for invited guests only.  More details and a history of the routes here; a photo page will follow - please send photos here.

 

Central Area single-deck operations
The site provides details of single-deck services operated by the Central Area of London Transport, up to 1968, and in particular those operated by RFs (1952-1979) - see Red RF routes.  We are pleased to include memories and comments from crews and others that remember RFs in operation.  More detail is added periodically, and comments and additional input are welcome, please email.  There are also a brief history of the RF class, some local history and some background notes on LT operations.
 
Red-RF events
Details of events we have organised in the past, including operations to mark the 60th anniversary of red RFs, are listed here, with links to photo galleries.  Future events will be notified on this page.
 
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This site is designed for Internet Explorer to be displayed at a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 (or higher).  Currently there are a few issues with viewing in Safari that have stumped our extensive team of experts.
 
Pages updated since January 2013 show the date of the last change.
 
Yee-ha
David Moore captured RLH23 at an earlier event, Hackney 2006, here arriving at the Maryland terminus of the 178.