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


Site last updated 21 April 2018


Over 55 years ago, RF354 in unmodified form is seen passing Vine Street Station in Uxbridge in 1961/62, during the first period of RF operation in the town.  One of Fred Ivey's superb colour pictures from way back then, which Fred will be presenting to a meeting of the London Historical Research Group of the Omnibus Society on 14 June 2018.  LHRG, OS and LOTS members welcome.

Photo © Fred Ivey


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RF486 now has a new owner.  After 14 years (and a full overhaul), we decided the time had come.  The bus has moved to a preservationist in Sussex and will still appear at events from time to time.  We hope the new owner has as much fun as we have had.  This site will continue as before.


What's new

The long-awaited article on Kingston termini is now up, featuring diagrams of the complex run-in and run-out at the garage, kindly provided by Ian Hogben.  In addition, further research has added more detail on the special Kenwood Express service.


A road run over former Hounslow routes 237, 211 and 202 took place on 11 February.  Report and photos (updated) 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.
David Moore captured RLH23 at our first event, Hackney 2006, arriving at the Maryland terminus of the 178.
Photo © David Moore