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Page last updated 3 February 2016


This site is maintained by Peter Osborn.

Comment and contributions welcome - please e-mail me.

I have tried to credit photographs where I can and have obtained permission for publication when possible.  Please let me know if I have missed you out.

Links and bibliography


Below are a small selection of the many web sites and publications featuring red RFs.  Note that due to the demise of Fotopic in March 2011, some links have been removed as the current location is unknown.


Web sites:

Ian Armstrong's London Bus Routes - 50 years' history of most Central Area routes.
Ian Smith’s Bus Stop - everything about London buses.
Toby & John King's Local Transport History site has a nice range of evocative pictures.
Mike Beamish's LT page includes a few RFs.
Dick Gilbert's Classic Buses site features the RFs' predecessors, Ts, TDs and LTs and has a bookshop.
Mike Morant's archive includes some nice pictures of the RF's predecessors.
Geoff Plumb's LT page (mainly trains) has photos of TDs in service.
Russell Baldock's 'Glory Days' galleries feature RFs, RTs and RMs.
The AEC Southall site has photo galleries.
John Law's Municipals fotopic site has an LT selection
The Timetable Graveyard has a few historic items, and is expanding.
Not RFs, but David and Ewen Pring are the RLH experts, see the RLH Information Centre.
For model makers, both Ian Smith's Bus Stop and Terry Russell's sites will be of interest.
Thanks to site owners for permission to use photos on this site.
The London Historical Research Group of the Omnibus Society produces publications, mainly of the early era.
The London Omnibus Traction Society (LOTS) sell a good range of London bus books.
Books featuring RFs:
RF by Ken Glazier (Capital Transport 1991)
Glory Days: RF by Steve Fennell (Ian Allan 2001)
London's Suburban Buses by John Gray (Ian Allan 1976)
Bus Portfolio 3: RF by Steve Fennell (World of Transport 1988)

Reshaping London's Buses by Barry Arnold & Mike Harris (Capital Transport 1982)

Ken Glazier's other informative books include London Buses in the 1950s and London Buses in the 1960s (Capital Transport)

Not an RF book, but a jolly good read - Alan Cross's Chit-Chats, published by the Omnibus Society in 2006.  Thanks to Alan for permission to use his photographs.


Thanks to Gerald Mead and John Parkin for permission to reproduce photographs.  For copies of their pictures, please contact Gerald at 6 Windmill Avenue, Ewell KT17 1LL and John at 59 Beechwood Court, West Street Lane, Carshalton SM5 2QA or by e-mail.

Want to hire an RF?


These links will take you to sites who can help:

1950s Vintage Bus Hire (green RF644, also red RT2043)

Timebus RF491 (also Routemasters)

London Bus Company RF401 (and plenty others)

Ensignbus RF319 (and plenty others)

RentaRoutemaster RF366 (and Routemasters)




Photo this page © Tony Albery 2004.


Thanks to David Cole for the page header artwork -


Other photos are credited where the photographer is known.  If we have missed something, please let us know.