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

 

Site last updated 28 July 2016

Route 210 was the first to operate red RFs.  RFs returned to the 210 in support of Metroline's open day at Holloway Garage on Saturday 9 July, much to the delight of ordinary passengers, as seen here boarding RF530 in Beaumont Rise.  The photo report is here.  Next comes a centenary RF operation on the 227 on 13 August, see below.

Photo © Michael Callard

 

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Red-RF events
Red-RF are pleased again to be organising RF operations in London.
 
The first this year was on route 210 between Golders Green and Finsbury Park, on Saturday 9 July.  The photo gallery is here.
 
The next will be on route 227 between Crystal Palace and Bromley, on Saturday 13 August, together with operation on route 61 between Orpington and Bromley. The free services will be in support of Bromley Garage open day, courtesy of operator Stagecoach, and all buses will serve Bromley garage. Full details, including feeder timings, here.
 
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. 
 
What's new
Oxted Running Day is Sunday 7 August.  RT4779 will operate a feeder service on routes 414 and 410 from Dorking at the following times:
 
  414  Dorking LT Garage (Townfield Court) 0935
    Dorking White Horse 0938
  410 Reigate Red Cross 0955
    Redhill Bus Station 1005
    Godstone Green 1020
    Oxted Station East Side 1035
    Westerham Crown 1052
Return from Oxted Station East Side at 1635.
 
There are a number of films available on the internet showing buses in the RF era, but a reader kindly drew our attention to one including (amongst a tribute to north London floral public spaces and period street scenes) rare colour footage of RFs on the 212, briefly at about 02:45 of the film here (note - the first few seconds are blank).  A screen grab is 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.
 
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.
 
Yee-ha
David Moore captured RLH23 at an earlier event, Hackney 2006, here arriving at the Maryland terminus of the 178.