Esher 1978Kingston 2009 RF Event

Sunday 22nd March 2009

Sandown Park, Esher


Classic bus display and stalls

Free rides on 1950s buses

Historic routes recreated

A family day out

March 2009 marks the 30th anniversary of the end of operation of RF buses by London Transport.  This 700-strong class of single-deckers formed the mainstay of the single-deck fleet during the 1950s and 1960s, working in both the Central red bus area and as green buses and coaches for the Country Area and Green Line.  For more about RFs, start here.
The last RF services were routes 218 and 219 from Kingston, with the last bus running on 30 March 1979.  As the old Kingston Bus Station is no more, our event was based at Sandown Park, Esher, past whose gates the last RF ran on that last day.
Buses and coaches ran free services available to the public, together with road runs over some of the old routes, while Sandown coach park was the venue for a static display of buses together with stalls selling bus-related items.   Our aim was to provide an event to be enjoyed equally by bus owners, local residents and enthusiasts alike.  
This section of the site includes the following:


The Red-RF web site also provides information on the routes worked by red RFs, details of past events organised or visited by us, and details of our RF486, see the menu on the left.
The photograph by John Parkin shows RF507 heading through Esher in July 1978 bound for Kingston.
Eight months later, the bus would become famous as the last of the class in LT service.