Hackney Marshes 2006 - Leyton layoverWorcester Park 2008


Leyland Titan PD2 double-decker
Bus planned for operation: RTL139
Cobham Bus Museum's RTL139 worked the 38A at our Hackney Marshes running day in 2006.  It is seen here laying over at Leyton Green.
Photo © Gauvin Lewis 
A large majority of the RT family were supplied by AEC.  However, as part of its requirement to use more than one supplier, London Transport also purchased over 2,100 Leyland Titans.  The RTL class were designed to carry bodies identical to the RT, whilst the 500 members of the RTW class were London's first eight-feet wide double-deckers. 
The prototype RTL, RTL501, appeared in 1948 and was the only RTL to carry a roof-box body when new.  It was numbered 501 as it was originally intended that the RTWs would be numbered in the same sequence. 
North Cheam, Priory RoadAmong the early garages to receive RTLs was Sutton, where new buses replaced Daimlers, but a policy of standardisation of each area on either Leylands or AECs meant that these gave way to RTs within a year, from when the only RTLs operating in our area were from garages such as Putney, Stockwell or Clapham.
The Leylands were not as long-lived as the RTs, being less popular with drivers, as they were considered to be noisier and have heavier steering than the RT.  The last RTL in service was RTL543 on the 176 from Willesden in November 1968.
New in late 1952, RTL1340 is working from Sutton on the 93 in March 1953, some 6 months before it RTs replaced RTLs at Sutton.
Photo WR Legg collection, © Alan Cross