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

 

Site last updated 20 May 2017

Route 216 between Staines and Kingston has operated since 1933 and is still part of the network today.  It is still normally single-deck operated, although there is no physical reason for this.  In this fine shot, RF371 heads for Kingston in about 1975.  RF486 will run a feeder service over route 216 for the Staines Running Day on Sunday 21 May 2017 - more details below.

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What's new
The Staines Running Day will be on Sunday 21 May.  RF486 plans to operate a feeder from Leatherhead via Kingston, as follows:
71

Leatherhead Station

0845

 

Chessington Zoo (stop U)

0855

 

Hook Ace of Spades

0900

 

Surbiton Station (stop NB)

0905

 

Kingston Eden Street

0910

216 Kingston Cromwell Road 0915
  Hampton Station 0927
  Sunbury Village Three Fishes 0935
  Staines Bus Station 1006
Return departs Staines Bus Station (stop 4) at 1710.
 
On 10 May, to mark the 70th anniversary of the post-war RT, there was a road run over route 10 from Victoria Bus Station to Abridge and a visit to Leyton Garage.  Thanks to contributing photographers, a photo-record is here.
 
RFs returned to route 236 on 22 April, as part of the Ash Grove garage open day.  Photo gallery here.
 
Event announcements:
Sunday 18 June 2017: route 406 running day, Kingston - Epsom - Tadworth, plus feeders from Redhill.  Free bus service. 
 
Terence Uden's memories of conducting on the 227 and Alan Bond's memories as a conductor and driver at Edgware have been added.  A new page has been added on Rail tickets on buses, as a result of further information from Keith Williams.  Various other additions have been made.  And finally, there is an index of RF and RT family registration numbers.
 
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.
 
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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 our first event, Hackney 2006, arriving at the Maryland terminus of the 178.