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


Site last updated 3 February 2016

As express Swift routes are topical at the moment (with a heritage Red Arrow flag mounted on a bus stop in London), here's a Swift express in the form of SMS720 laying over from pre-Piccadilly Line service A1 to Heathrow.  It is accompanied by a much more reliable (if less rapid) form of transport in the shape of former green RF602 on the 237, still smart four years after its last overhaul.  The year is 1976 and RFs have been working the 237 for 24 years; the SMS was less than 11 years old when sold for scrap.  No wonder they are so scarce now.

Photo © Ian Armstrong


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What's new
RF486 made its post-overhaul debut on the 227 at Bromley Running Day on 13 December.  A small gallery marks the event.
Ken Blacker's new T book is of course essential reading for Red-RF.  Updates started with routes 218, 264 and are continuing.  There are also some notes on independent operations linked with those two routes.
More information has come to light on the buses used on the Reigate to Chiswick staff bus, and we have initial notes on the buses that replaced staff trams serving Charlton works; more later, hopefully.
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.
Computer settings for this site
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.
David Moore captured RLH23 at an earlier event, Hackney 2006, here arriving at the Maryland terminus of the 178.