Part4: Preserved standard RTs
There are large numbers of preserved RTs, and deservedly so.
They were popular buses with passengers as well as drivers and conductors,
and their departure was deeply felt.
Despite the post-war standard RTs being fifty years old, they have lasted well,
in the main.
One of the biggest problems for preservers has been preventing - or rectifying -
corrosion of the bottom of the rear bulkhead, from which the platform is cantilevered.
This caught everything thrown up by the rear wheels, and once it goes,
the back end of the bus gently sags.
So there are not as many around as there once were,
but it is nice to see old numbers cropping up again after a facelift - or a backlift.
This list is not exhaustive. I am NOT an expert!
Please let me know if you know of others.
Thanks to correspondents who have supplied data, especially Mike Dawes
(TMR), David Munton (Cape Town), Classic Bus magazine and LOTS.
keeps lists of RT survivors as well, which may vary in emphasis from this one.
RT 196 HLW 183 restored, Switzerland
RT 222 Cape Town, restored chassis, awaiting body from RTL 1264
RT 261 HLW 248 2008 preserved, K.Clements, Aylesford
RT 274 HLX 91
RT 277 HLX 94 2008 chassis, R.Brown, Motcombe
RT 542 HLX 359 2008 in rebuild, D.Wilkinson, Billericay
RT 586 HLX 403 2008 caravan, T.Tyburn, Bristol
RT 604 HLX 421 2008 preserved, Purley Transport Preservation Group
RT604, last of the London Country passenger-carrying RTs, is happily a frequent rally attender.
It is also very active on Running Days, and is seen here between turns at Hertford in June 2002.
It is shown here at North Weald 98 and Showbus 98.
Photos by Ian Smith. Click on them for larger versions.
RT 624 JXC 432 2008 preserved, Ensignbus Transport Museum
RT 786 JXC 149 2008 working preservation, Imperial Buses, Rainham
RT 807 JXN 185 2008 D.Good, storeshed
RT 885 JXN 263 2008 Stondon Transport Museum
RT 949 KGK 920 2008 stored caravan: D.Allwood, Chigwell: may be topless
RT 981 CSL 498 2008 working preservation, Carousel Buses, High Wycombe
RT1018 JXN 46 2008 preserved: M.Lloyd, Wigan, green
RT1024 JXN 52 Balcutta, W.Australia
RT1101 JXN 129 Ontario
RT1107 JXN 135 2008 in rebuild, D.Sullivan, Harrow
RT1206 KGK 675 2008 preserved, M.Burridge & J.Williamson, Bishops Stortford
RT1240 KGK 709 2008 preserved for spares, The London Bus Company
RT1290 KLB 539 9/07 Catalonia Transport Museum, Barcelona
RT1320 KLB 569 2008 in store, The LOndon Bus Company
RT1349 KLB 596 2008 working preservation: P.Bailey, Andover: used by Black & White Motorways
RT1377 KXW 476 2008 open top, sales stock, Bristol Bus & Coach Sales (may be in Guernsey)
RT1379 KXW 478 2008 preserved: G.& G.Cooper, Newquay
RT1389 KXW 489 2008 in rebuild, The London Bus Company
RT1396 KXW 495 2008 working preservation: Alphabus, Bletchley
RT1530 KGU 290 2008 in store, Memory Lane
RT1544 KGU 413 2000 at Lingfield Show
RT1544 at Showbus 98. Photos by Ian Smith. Click on them for larger versions.
RT1574 KLB 662 9/03 preserved: P.Blair, Winchester
RT1591 KLB 713 2008 open-top, yellow, film work, in store: Men at Work, Hanwell
RT1594 KLB 716 2008 preserved: P.Dale, Sherborne
RT1594 made its first outing for some time to North Weald in June 1998, after a repaint and MOT. Photos by Ian Smith. Click on them for larger versions.
RT1599 KLB 721 2008 preserved, in store: R.Adams, Bristol
RT1617 2008 preserved as RT3183
RT1658 KXW 304 2008 preserved for spares, The London Bus Company
RT1700 KYY 527 2008 working preservation, The London Bus Company
RT1700 looked good in summer sunshine next to RT1705 at Stoke d'Abernon during the RT60 celebration in June 1999,
and in winter darkness on the 2002 Christmas Lights Tour. Photos by Ian Smith. Click on them for larger versions.
RT1702 KYY 529 2008: preserved, RT1702 Preservation Group
RT1702 at Sidcup during the June 2002 Running Day. Photos by Ian Smith. Click on them for larger versions.
RT1777 KYY 615 2008 preserved: D.Richards, Twickenham
RT1790 KYY 628 2008 working preservation: Memory Lane, Maidenhead
"Buses" magazine hired RT1790 for a public trip to Showbus 98,
and it also operated from Aldwych to Cobham during RT60 in 1999. Photos by Ian Smith. Click on them for larger versions.
RT1798 KYY 653 2008 preserved: Martin Ricketts, Andover
RT1798 performed on the 229 during the Sidcup and Chislehurst Running Day in June 2002. Photos by Ian Smith. Click on them for larger versions.
RT1808 KYY 663 2008 National Motor Museum, Beaulieu
RT1815 KYY 670 2008 spares: K&S Austin, Sidcup
RT1881 LLU 767 1997 out of use, Ontario
RT1884 LLU 770 2008 preserved, in store: D.Topgood, Peterborough
RT1947 Durban (SA), active, owned by Doug Green (RT/RF member).
RT2020 LUC 246 1997 Burger Bar, Ontario
RT2041 LUC 289 2008 hospitality unit: G.C.Stevens Ltd, Sittingbourne
RT2043 LUC 291 2008 preserved: Roger & Dawn Stagg, West Malling
RT2043 was active again in 2002, seen here at Forest Row and Chislehurst on Running Days. Photos by Ian Smith. Click on them for larger versions.
RT2083 LYF 21 2008 preserved (ex RT2084), D.Wilkinson, Billericay
RT2083 was at Sidcup for the 467 and Hertford for the 341 on the June 2002 Running Days. Photos by Ian Smith. Click on them for larger versions.
RT2150 KGK 959 2008 in store: The London Bus Company
RT2157 KGK 966 2008 static office: The Camden Bus Eastate Agency
RT2177 KGU 106 2008 preserved: John Herting
RT2177 at North Weald in June 98 (alongside RT2083). Photos by Ian Smith. Click on them for larger versions.
RT2233 KGU 162 2008 preserved, in rebuild, M.Biddell, Woodford Bridge
RT2240 KGU 169 scrapped? (converted to triple-decker "Knight Bus" for Harry Potter) film
RT2291 KGU 320 2008 preserved: Rob Duker
Preservation brings the joys of early morning cold starts,
and some long evenings: RT2291 before departure to the East Grinstead Running Day, April 98
and under London Bridge station on the Christmas Lights Tour, December 1998.
Photos by Ian Smith. Click for larger versions.
RT2293 KGU 322 2008 preserved: P.Buckland, Hertford
RT2293 at North Weald in June 98 and at Showbus 97. Photos by Ian Smith. Click for larger versions.
RT2420 KLB 799 2008 preserved, in store: M.Macey, Leagrave
Bringing back memories of "Summer Holiday", RT2420 at Brooklands Runway, Cobham Open Day April 98. Photos by Ian Smith. Click on them for larger versions.
RT2494 KXW 123 2008 preserved, in store, open top Guernseybus livery: P,Cruise, Feltham
RT2494 was converted to open-top for the tourist trade on Guernsey,
where it was Guernseybus 14.
It was at Brooklands Runway in April 2003 for the Cobham Museum Open Day,
still carrying Guernseybus livery bur with its RT fleetnumber reapplied.
RT2538 Port Elizabeth (SA), to be restored.
RT2556 LYF 281 2008 preserved: R.Bole, Dover
RT2557 LYF 282 2008 chassis only: Claire Green
RT2591 LYF 316 2008 preserved: the Bus-keRTeers, Kings Lynn
RT2591 was at Brooklands Runway in April 2003 for the Cobham Museum Open Day.
RT2604 Port Elizabeth (SA) rough but restorable, stood outside
museum for years but reported bought for restoration.
RT2629 LYF 354 2008 preserved in store, R.Gould, New Romney
RT2634 Johannesburg Museum, excellent condition.
RT2688 LYR 672 2008 preserved: M.Padbury & D.Fisher, Enfield
RT2775 LYR 826 2008 in rebuild: London Bus Preservation Trust, Cobham
RT2794 LYR 964 2008 preserved: David Thrower, Warrington
RT2799 LYR 969 2008 preserved, in store: The London Bus Company
RT2905 MLL 652 2008 preserved, in store: A.Henderson, Cambridge
RT2911 MLL 658 2008 in store: The London Bus Company
RT2937 MLL 696 2008 smoking room: Johnny Fox Public House, Enniskerry, Eire
RT2958 10/06 promo work, yellow: SARL LondonBus, Saint-Amant-Tallende, France
RT2976 NLE 744 2008 preserved: P.Capps, Thurston
RT3028 NLE 918 2008 working preservation: K.Brown, Old London Bus, Hawkhurst
RT3081 KXW 190 2008 caravan, in store: B.Waldron, Bromsgrove
RT3103 KXW 212 2008 film work, red/white/black/brown: Men at Work, Hanwell
RT3125 KXW 234 2008 preserved: H.Taylor, Edgware
RT3132 Christchurch, New Zealand
RT3143 KYY 872 2008 working preservation: K.Brown, Old London Bus, Hawkhurst
RT3148 KYY 877 2008 preserved, Country Bus Rallies, East Grinstead
Flying the flag for the Country Area was RT3148 at Cobham Open Day 98, and again at Aldwych for Rt60 in June 1999. Photos by Ian Smith. Click on them for larger versions.
RT3150 KYY 879 2008 for spares/scrap: PVS (Carlton)
RT3154 KYY 883 2008 in rebuild: The Bus-kRTeers, Rougham
RT3175 KYY 904 2007 derelict, being broken: Ongar
RT3183 KYY 911 2008 preserved: Eteson & Collard (some identity mix-up with RT1617)
RT3198 KYY 967 2008 preserved as RT3238, Green Line: J.Hammell (Rye)
RT3228 KYY 957 2008 working preservation, Green Line livery, The London Bus Company
RT3228 was one of was two GreenLine -liveried RTs at East Grinstead Running Day in April 2000. It also demonstrated a Greenline ad-free rear at Cobham Open Day in April 2003.
RT3232 KYY 961 2008 working preservation, blue/silver: Ensignbus Transport Museum
RT3236 KYY 965 preserved: Eric Scott, Tamworth, NSW, Australia
RT3241 KYY 970 2008 preserved, Green Line livery: P.McOwan, Sudbury
RT3251 LLU 610 2008 preserved: A Langley, Braintree
RT3254 LLU 613 2008 preserved, Green Line: C.Wills, Stevenage
RT3255 LLU 614 Ontario
RT3314 LYR 533 2008 preserved: D.Pickles, Keighley
RT3316 LYR 535 2008 working preservation, Bolebroke Castle: P.Hobcraft, Hartfield
RT3323 LYR 542 2008 under rebuild at Sandtoft Museum
RT3435 LYR 854 2008 working preservation, open top: The London Bus Company
RT3458 LYR 877 2004 in France, red
RT3461 LYR 880 2008 in rebuild, NBC green: D.Sullivan, Harrow
RT3491 LYR 910 2008 working preservation: Greene Lane Travel
RT3593 Burger Bar, Ontario
RT3733 NLE 880 2008 in rebuild: J.Macnamara, Mitcham Park
RT3775 NLE 882 2008 preserved: Roy Watts
RT3817 NXP 824 Ontario
RT3843 LLU 642 2008 spares/scrap: Rob Duker, St.Neots
RT3865 LLU 664 2008 preserved, in store, Ensignbus Museum
RT3871 LLU 670 2008 working preservation: The London Bus Company
RT3871 after repaint to red with cream band,
showing service blinds for the notorious 185. Having a day off at Cobham Open Day, April 2003.
RT3871 took a full part in the various Routemaster depature celebrations. I met it on the route 6 "celebrations".
Here it heads off to Willesden along the Strand.
RT3882 LLU 681 rebuilt as triple-decker Knight Bus for Harry Potter films
RT3894 LLU 693 2008 scrap condition: K Cracknell, Hertford
RT3911 LLU 710 2008 Annies Burger Bar, status unknown: G.Currie, Haydon Bridge
RT3933 LLU 732 2008 preserved, in rebuild: The London Bus Company, Northfleet
RT3945 LUC 104 glider winch, Oxfordshire
RT3955 LUC 114 2008 in store, awaiting rebuild: J.Hammel & D.Thrower
RT3996 reduced height, inactive, Germany
RT4028 LUC 187 2008 preserved, in store: S.Copas, Illogan
RT4037 9/01 open-top: bought by Dansk Veteranbil Udlejning, Hillerod, Denmark
RT4118 LUC 467 Ontario
RT4139 LUC 488 2008 preserved: S.Addison, Whitstable
RT4139 at North Weald Rally in June 98, and at Brooklands in April 2003.
RT4190 LYF 249 2008 preserved, in store: A.& R.Money, Barking
RT4229 KYY 832 2008 preserved, in store: D.Denyer, Stondon Massey
RT4275 NLE 939 2008 preserved, Gill & John Hinson, Towcester
RT4317 NLE 981 2008 preserved: C.Young, Biggleswade
Much work goes into preservation and restoration.
RT4317 is undergoing a strip-down and repaint,
but made an outing to North Weald in June 1998.
Photos by Ian Smith. Click on them for larger versions.
RT4421 NXP 775 2008 working preservation, Ensignbus Museum
RT4482 OLD 702 2008 preserved, in rebuild: D.Bosher
RT4494 OLD 714 2008 preserved: D.Gray & D.Chubb (Lincoln)
RT4497 OLD 717 2003 converted to triple-decker "Knight Bus" for Harry Potter film
Looking superb at North Weald in June 1998, RT4497. Photos by Ian Smith. Click on them for larger versions.
RT4588 NLP 581 2008 preserved, open-top: J.Cowdery, Kingsteignton
RT4595 10/06 SARL LondonBus, Saint-Amant-Tallende, France
RT4599 NLP 592 2008 working preservation: P.Hobcraft, Hartfield; open-staircase "ST" style
Cut-down RT4599 visited the Running Day at East Grinstead in April 2002.
RT4628 NXP 881 2008 preserved, in rebuild: Rob Duker and Charlie Young, Letchworth
RT4683 NXP 847 2008 preserved, in store: M.Ryan, Clacton (as RT3480)
RT4686 NXP 971 2008 Ensignbus Museum: in store
RT4712 NXP 997 2008 AT London Transport Museum, Acton, gold livery
RT4712 was moved from Ash Grove garage to the new Acton Depot on 5th December 1998,
calling at the LT Museum in Covent Garden on the way.
Photos by Ian Smith. Click on them for larger versions.
RT4735 Unitrans, University of Davis, Ca: Cummins engine, Allison gearbox
RT4777 OLD 564 2008 working preservation: R.Brown, Shaftesbury
RT4777 appeared at the Cobham Museum Open Day at Brooklands Museum in Spril 2003 wearing a nice coat (or more) of red paint.
RT4779 OLD 566 6/08 bought by RT4779 Group.Banffshire, for restoration
RT4782 */05 chassis, ex-glider winch, fitted with generator
RT4785 OLD 822 Ontario, open-top
RT4817 10/06 SARL LondonBus, Saint-Amant-Tallende, France
RT4823 OLD 587 2008 in store, partly dismantled, part open-top, minus rear: London Bus Company
RT4825 OLD 589 2008 London Transport Museum, Acton.
RT 4825 at the RT50 celebrations in 1989.
Photo, used with permission, by BusSpotter.
Ian's Bus Stop