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


Site last updated 7 November 2015

Sutton Station in the 1970s - RF448 is not the best advertisement for a bus service.  Route 80 headed out into rural Surrey, territory given up within 10 years. 

Photo © Eric Simpson


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What's new
A future London Bus Museum event is a Routemaster (and RT) operation on route 159 on Wednesday 9 December 2015, to mark 10 years since the last Routemasters in front-line service and 10 years of a fully-accessible bus network.  Celebrating the latter, operation will include the Museum's Trident TA1.  Note that this is a free public bus service between Marble Arch and Brixton Station, running alongside TfL's route 159.  It is separate from the Routemaster Association's road run over the route on 12 December.
Bromley Running Day this year will be on Sunday 13 December.  RF486 will make its post-overhaul debut on the 227, first departure Crystal Palace at 0955.
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.