PRESERVED BUSES & COACHES

FLEET No RF 539
REG NLE 539
MAKE AEC Regent IV
MODEL RF
YEAR 1953
BODY Metro Cammell
OWNER M Narduzzo & I Puddephatt, Marsworth, Bucks.
HISTORY The RF was the standard single decker London bus during the 1950s and 1960s.  It is a 30ft long, high-floor vehicle with a centrally mounted engine fitted underneath.  The chassis is an AEC Regent IV, hence the code RF (Regent Four), and the body is by Metro Cammell, seating 41.  A prototype was tried out on the country area 355 route from St Albans, and was successful.  Production and delivery began in 1952.  This class was used extensively on central (red) suburban routes, in the London Transport country (green) areas, and Green Line coach routes.

RF 539 was new in 1953 at St Albans garage.  In 1959 she was modified for one man operation.  During the years 1967-69 the vehicle was mostly in store with only occasional use.  In 1970 she transferred to the London Country Bus Company and was allocated to Grays, Essex garage.  Withdrawn from service in 1972, she as sold to a scout group.  The bus was purchased for preservation in 1978, and had various owners until bought by the current ownership in 2007.

 

 

 

 

Above photo taken at: Cobham London Bus Museum Spring Gathering at Dunsfold Aerodrome, Surrey.
Taken on: 10th April 2011

 

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