Page last updated 6 September 2015
This page captures some of the pictures that have
graced our home page over the years. There seems to be a
Kingston area bias, I wonder why.
on the 215
leads RF422 on the 219
in Esher on 19 April 1969.
Photo © David Christie
Romford in 1969, during the
construction of the ring road. RF511 on route 250 is on diversion, turning from Junction Road
into Eastern Road (now a dead end) before reaching Romford Station
en route to Hornchurch. An Eastern National FLF on the 251
can be seen in the distance.
Photo © David
There were also green RFs. On 1 August 2015, two Green Line
route re-creations took place. RF280, a former Green Line
coach downgraded in 1965 to a country bus, ran over the 704 from
Windsor to Tunbridge Wells. RF679, always a country bus, ran
over the 703 from Wrotham to Amersham. By one of those joyous
coincidences, the two arrived simultaneously at the
former Green Line coach station at Victoria.
Photo © Peter Osborn
Kingston again, as we like to
remember it; June 1970. RF511 departs to Walton-on-Thames on
the 218, more RFs, and an RT on the
71 completes the scene.
Photo © Richard
Occasionally, the home page features an image
from one of our events, rather than a historical photo.
RF486's 60th birthday on 17 February 2013 provided such an
opportuntiy - joined at Muswell Hill Broadway for the 212 run
Photo © Peter Larkham
RF467 is still crew-operated as it runs south
on the 208
under the Fairfield Road
bridge, just by Bow Garage, on 27 March 1970. See also the
recreation of this shot here
(photo © Steve
Photo © David Christie
Clifton Terrace in the days of the coal yard and a 212
every couple of minutes. No express
service in 1953. RF483 is less than a month old.
Photo Allen T Smith collection, © Alan
2 January 1962, the last day that the 200
reached 'West Wimbledon Copse Hill'' before being cut back
to Raynes Park. The turn was a U-turn in the road junction on
Coombe Lane, as exhibited by RF384.
Photo © Andrew Hicks
Snow falls. Here's a
scattering at the Scilly Isles on 13 Jan 79. RF502 on
the 218 to Staines has been caught by
RF437 on a short to Esher. See here for Ian Hogben's story of antics on the
Photo © Dave Jones
An early 1961 scene in Clarence Street,
Kingston. RF332 on the 215
1424 on the 602, RF436 on the 216
roofbox RT on the 131.
Photo © David Battams
Five weeks before the end
of RF operation in London, RF437 passes the offices of Ian Allen in
Shepperton, bound for Laleham and Staines on the 218
Photo © Dave
Defective RF449 is being towed back along the
to its base along Malden Road, Cheam
in summer 1962. The breakdown tender 743J was formerly
STL297. A Green Line RF follows on the 725
Photo © Michael Dryhurst
Kingston Bus Station in 1971/72, much as it
had been for the previous 10 years. RF443 on the
and RF423 on the 215
Photo Kevin McCormack collection
One of London's last TDs, TD124 climbs Flower
Lane towards Mill Hill Broadway on the 240A shortly before conversion to
RF in October 1962.
Rail replacement work at Worcester Park in June
1962, believed to be when the railway was closed for replacement of the bridge. Kingston's RF509
and 527 are on duty.
More rail replacement.
The RFs are joined by two of the ill-fated MB class on rail
replacement duty at Surbiton in June 1970. RF485 has been
provided by Kingston garage, RF479 by Norbiton and the Merlins by
Merton. Note the contrasting 'uniforms'.
Autumn days. RF437
passes the Orleans Arms (now a Cafe Rouge) at Littleworth Common,
by the Scilly Isles, in October 1978. The 218 is the subject of several Ian Hogben stories.
The last RF in scheduled service,
RF507, in dock at Kingston having been specially prepared for