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


Site last updated 3 September 2016

Saturday 13 August saw a centenary RF operation on the 227.  Introduced in 1916 to take staff to Woolwich Arsenal, the route now runs Crystal Palace to Bromley North. 

47 years ago, RF371 is pictured running across Chislehurst Common to Penge.

Photo © Karl Gurney


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Red-RF events
Red-RF are pleased again to have been able to organise RF operations in London.  On 13 August, four RFs and two other preserved buses marked the centenary of Bromley route 227, in connection with the Bromley Garage open day.   The photo gallery of the event is here.
Earlier, RFs returned to route 210 between Golders Green and Finsbury Park on Saturday 9 July.  The photo gallery is 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
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.
David Moore captured RLH23 at our first event, Hackney 2006, arriving at the Maryland terminus of the 178.