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

 

Site last updated 3 December 2019

 

Harrow on a wet Saturday morning.  While the 140 still served Heathrow Airport, a heritage operation was organised by London Bus Museum.  RT4779 ran the old route from Heathrow to Mill Hill, working the last section from Harrow as a 114 as this is now the number of this section.  RT2177 is running a short on the 140.  More pictures here.

Photo © Peter Larkham

 

Central Area single-deck operations

This 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.
 
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Anniversaries

2019 marks 80 years since RT1 went into service and 40 years since the RT and RF classes finished service with LT. 

 

Probably the last chance to ride on RTs this year will be the (now annual) Christmas Day RT service on route 430 (this year operating the full route from Roehampton via Putney to South Kensington).  Two RTs will take part.  Full details and timetable here.

 

Possibly the last chance to ride on an RF this year is the annual operation on route 227 (Crystal Palace or Penge to Bromley) - Sunday 8 December between 10:00 and 16:15, alongside the TfL service.  An RF is scheduled from every 15-30 minutes, more frequent mid-afternoon, but traffic usually disrupts the operation.  The timetable is here.

 

And there is another event with RTs and other delightful buses - the Ensign running day on Saturday 7 December.  Full details here.

 

The final London Bus Museum event of this 'RT80 year' was a free heritage service on route 140 on 23 November.  Route 140 (Harrow Weald Garage to Heathrow Central) was the last RT operation in west London.  Some images from the day are here.

 

We have reminders of the Kingston RF event on 24 March and the Barking RT event on 30 March. 

 

Other events organised and attended are covered on the site.

 

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David Moore captured RLH23 at our first event, Hackney 2006, arriving at the Maryland terminus of the 178.
Photo © David Moore