The Private Hire RFWs, 3RF3

RFW 1 - RFW 15, Total 15

This page created 14th January 1998, updated 5th February 2014, by Ian Smith..

Fleet List

These histories are incomplete. They are being compiled as I gather and process data. Particularly useful are the LOTS vehicle News (TBX) and John Hambley's picture books. Other sources are mentioned in the bibliography.

RFW 1  LUC 376  4/51     new, to Chiswick for testing
                5/51 D   new into service (Dalston)
                57-9 NX  (New Cross)
                4/59 WL  transfer (Walworth)
                6/59 Q   transfer (Camberwell)
               10/59 Q   into store
                1/60 Q   to Aldenham overhaul
                3/60 Q   from overhaul, unlicensed
                5/60 Q   relicensed
               10/60 Q
               11/60 GM  transfer (Victoria)
                1/61 C   transfer (Athol St)
                5/61 PR  transfer (Poplar) (C closes)
               10/62 PR  into store
                5/63 PR  ..and out
                9/63 PR  into store
                6/64 RE  transfer (Romford)
                7/64 DS  transfer (Dorking)
                9/64 RE  transfer
               10/64 RE  withdrawn 
               10/64     sold to Elm Park Coaches, Romford
                         used by St Thomas' Hospital
                5/70     scapped by Wombwell Diesels

RFW 2  LUC 377  5/51 P   new into service (Old Kent Road)
                57-8 C   (Athol St)
               10/59 C   into store
                1/60 C   to Aldenham overhaul
                3/60 C   from overhaul, unlicensed
                5/60 Q   transfer (Camberwell)
               12/60 NX  transfer (New Cross)
                7/61 NX  into store
                8/61 NX  ..and out
                3/62 NX  into store, and out again
                4/62 NX  into store
                5/62 Q   transfer
               10/62 Q   into store
               11/62 Q   to Aldenham overhaul
               11/62 NX  from overhaul
               10/63 NX  withdrawn
               12/64     sold to Ceylon transport Board, exported to Ceylon
       27-7879           converted to lorry
 
RFW 3  LUC 378  5/51 RG  new into service (Reigate)
                57-8 AF  (Putney)
               11/59 AF  into store
               12/59 AF  to Aldenham overhaul
                2/60 AF  from overhaul, unlicensed
                5/60 GM  transfer
               10/60 AF  transfer
               10/61 AF  into store
               11/61 AF  ..and out
               10/63 AF  withdrawn (Putney)
                9/64     sold for use as showroom, Trubenised (GB) Ltd, W1
                1970     scrapped

RFW 4  LUC 379  5/51 AF  new into service (Putney)
                2/58 R   into store (Riverside)
                3/58 R   ..and out
                2/59 Q   transfer, trainer (Camberwell)
                3/59 R   ..and return
               10/59 R   into store
               11/59 AF  transfer (Putney)
                2/60 AF  into store, then to Aldenham overhaul
                4/60 S   from overhaul (Shepherds Bush), unlicensed
                5/60 NX  transfer
               11/60 GM  transfer (Victoria)
               10/61 GM  into store, and out again
                3/62 GM  into store
                5/62 GM  ..and out
                9/63 GM  withdrawn
               11/63 SW  change store (Stockwell)
                4/64 Q   change store (Camberwell)
               12/64     sold to Ceylon transport Board, exported to Ceylon
               
RFW 5  LUC 380  5/51 WT  new into service (Watford, Leavesden Road)
                1/57 GM  into store (Victoria)
                2/57 GM  ..and out
                58-9 GM
               10/60 GM  delicensed, to Aldenham overhaul
                1/61 GM  from o/h
               10/61 GM  into store
               12/61 PR  transfer
                8/62 RE  transfer
                9/62 PR  transfer
                7/63 PR  into store
                8/63 PR  ..and out
                9/63 GM  transfer 
               10/63 GM  withdrawn
               11/63 SW  change store (Stockwell)
                4/64 Q   change store (Camberwell)
               12/64     sold to Ceylon transport Board, exported to Ceylon
       23-1435           Central Transport Board, Colombo  
                 
RFW 6  LUC 381  5/51 RG  new into service (Reigate)
                6/57 RE  from store (Romford)
               11/57 RE  into store
                3/58 RE  ..and out
               10/58 RE  into store
                5/59 RE  ..and out
               11/59 RE  into store
                1/60 RE  ..and out..
                1/60 GY  transfer (Grays)
                2/60 RE  return into store
                3/60 GM  transfer (Victoria)
                5/60 RG  transfer (Reigate)
               10/60 RG  into store
                2/61 AF  transfer (Putney)
                4/61 RG  return into store
                6/61 PR  transfer (Poplar)..
                6/61 NX  ..transfer (New Cross)
                7/61 RG  ..return (Reigate)
               10/61 RG  delicensed, to Aldenham overhaul
               12/61 RG  from o/h, unlicensed
                3/62 NB  transfer, trainer (Norbiton)
                5/62 R   transfer, trainer (Riverside)
                6/62 RE  transfer (Romford)
                7/62 RG  transfer (Reigate)
                9/62 RE  transfer
               10/62 RE  into store
                6/63 RE  ..and out
                7/63 DS  transfer (Dorking)
                9/63 RE  return
               10/63 RE  into store
                4/64 RE  ..and out
               10/64 RE  withdrawn (Romford)
                1/65     sold to A.Harling (London SE1)
                         used by St Thomas' Hospital
                         bought by E.P.Woods (Chuckie Chickens)
                5/74     acquired for preservation, J.Lines & M.Hebbard,London (swapped for GS64!)
                         preserved in UK (Colchester)
                6/01     at RF50, Cobham

RFW 7  LUC 382  5/51 P   new into service (Old Kent Road)
                7/51 P
                1/57 C   into store (Athol St)
                5/57 C   ..and out
               11/57 C   into store
                3/58 C   ..and out
               10/59 C   into store
                2/60 R   transfer (Riverside)
                4/60 R   into store
                6/60 R   ..and out
               10/60 AF  transfer (Putney)
               12/60 AF  into store
                1/61 AF  to Aldenham overhaul
                3/61 AF  from o/h, unlicensed
                4/61 AF  relicensed
                5/61 Q   transfer (Camberwell)
               10/61 NX  transfer (New Cross)
               11/61 NX  into store
                3/62 NX  ..and out
               10/63 NX  withdrawn
               12/64     sold to Ceylon transport Board, exported to Ceylon
                7/81     withdrawn from service
                         body fitted to Leyland PSUC1/1 chassis;
                         chassis scrapped

RFW 8  LUC 383  6/51 D   new into service (Dalston)
                1957 F   (Putney Bridge)
               10/58 F   into store
               11/58 AF  change store (F closes)
               11/58 V   change store (Turnham Green)
                3/59 Q   transfer (Camberwell)
                4/59 WL  transfer (Walworth)
                6/59 Q   return
               10/60 Q   delicensed, to Aldenham overhaul
               11/60 Q   from o/h, unlicensed
               12/60 Q   relicensed
               10/61 Q   into store, and out again
                1/62 Q   into store
                3/62 GM  transfer (Victoria)
               10/63 GM  withdrawn
               11/63 SW  change store (Stockwell)
                4/64 Q   change store (Camberwell)
               12/64     sold to Ceylon transport Board, exported to Ceylon
       23-1432           Central Transport Board, Colombo

RFW 9  LUC 384  6/51 D   new into service (Dalston)
                2/57 P   from store (Old Kent Rd)
               10/58 P   into store
               11/58 NX  change store (P closes)
                3/59 NX  ..and out
                1/60 NX  into store
                2/60 AF  transfer (Putney)
               10/60 AF  into store
               12/60 AF  ..and out
                2/61 AF  delicensed, to Aldenham overhaul
                5/61 AF  from o/h, unlicensed
               11/61 AF  into store..
               11/61 NX  ..transfer (New Cross)
               11/62 NX  to Aldenham overhaul
               11/62 NX  from overhaul, unlicensed
                5/63 Q   transfer
               10/63 Q   withdrawn (Camberwell)
               12/64     sold to Ceylon transport Board, exported to Ceylon
       23-1437           Central Transport Board, Colombo
                 
RFW10  LUC 385  5/51 NF  new into service (Northfleet)
                1/57 GM  into store (Victoria)
                5/57 GM  ..and out
               11/57 GM  into store
                1/58 GM  ..and out
                2/58 GM  back into store
                3/58 GM  ..and out
               10/58 GM  into store
                2/59 GM  ..and out
                3/60 GM  into store
                4/60 R   transfer (Riverside)
                5/60 GM  return
               11/60 GM  into store
                5/61 GM  ..and out
               10/61 GM  into store
               11/61 RE  transfer
                2/62 RE  into store
                3/62 NB  transfer, trainer
                5/62 Q   transfer
               10/62 Q   into store
                4/63 Q   ..and out
               10/63 Q   withdrawn (Camberwell)
               12/64     sold to Ceylon transport Board, exported to Ceylon
                        
RFW11  LUC 386  6/51 AF  new into service (Putney)
                1/57 R   into store (Riverside)
                2/57 R   ..and out
               11/57 R   into store
                1/58 R   ..and out
                1959 R
                1/60 R   to Aldenham overhaul
                4/60 R   from overhaul, unlicensed
                5/60 R   relicensed
               10/63 R   into store
                6/64 RE  transfer (Romford)
               10/64 RE  withdrawn 
               11/64     sold to A.Harling (London SE1)
                         sold to Ireland as static caravan

RFW12  LUC 387  5/51 WR  new into service
                5/57 AF  from store
               11/57 AF  into store
                1/58 AF  ..and out
                2/58 AF  back into store
                3/58 AF  ..and out
                1959 AF
               10/60 AF  into store, ..
               10/60 GM  transfer
               11/60 GM  delicensed, to Aldenham overhaul
                2/61 GM  from o/h, unlicensed
                5/61 R   transfer (Riverside)
                5/62 R
               10/63 R   withdrawn 
               12/64     sold to Ceylon transport Board, exported to Ceylon
               
RFW13  LUC 388  5/51 P   new into service (Old Kent Rd)
                1/56     from o/h
                2/57 F   from store (Putney Bridge)
               10/58 F   into store
               11/58 AF  change store (F closes)
               11/58 V   change store (Turnham Green)
                3/59 Q   transfer (Camberwell)
                4/59 WL  transfer (Walworth)
                6/59 Q   transfer (Camberwell)
               10/59 C   transfer (Athol St)
                1960 C
                1/61 C   delicensed, to Aldenham overhaul
                4/61 C   from o/h, unlicensed
                5/61 Q   transfer (Camberwell) (C closes)
               10/61 Q   into store
                1/62 Q   ..and out
                4/63 Q   into store
                5/63 Q   ..and out
               10/63 Q   withdrawn 
               12/64     bought for Ceylon transport Board, exported to Ceylon
                1981     withdrawn
         
RFW14  LUC 389  5/51 RE  new into service (Romford)
                2/57 RE  from store
                3/58 RE  into store
                5/60 RG  transfer (Reigate)..
                5/60 RE  ..and return
                6/60 GM  transfer (Victoria)
                7/60 RE  ..and return
               10/61 RE  to Aldenham overhaul
                1/62 RE  from o/h, unlicensed
                2/62 RE  relicensed
               10/64 RE  withdrawn 
               11/64     sold to A.Harling (London SE1)
             by 5/74     bought by J.Marshall for preservation
                         preserved: RFW14 Group, London SW16
                8/00     at Lingfield Show
                6/01     at RF50, Cobham
               10/11     at Brooklands London Bus Museum Running Day 
                6/12     at AEC Centenary: Walthamstow Pump House 
                9/13     at Willesden Garage Open Day 

RFW15  LUC 390  6/51 AF  new into service (Putney)
                2/57 GM  from store (Victoria)
                1958 GM  
                2/59 GM  into store
                3/59 GM  ..and out
                &/59 GM  used on London Airport Tour
               10/59 C   transfer (Athol St)
                1960 C
                5/61 PR  transfer (Poplar) (C closes)
               11/61 PR  to Aldenham overhaul
                2/62 PR  from o/h, unlicensed
                3/62 PR  relicensed
                3/62 GM  transfer into store
                5/62 GM  ..and out
               10/62 GM  into store
                5/63 GM  ..and out
               10/63 GM  withdrawn (Victoria)
                4/64 Q   change store (Camberwell)
               12/64     sold to Ceylon transport Board, exported to Ceylon
                1981     withdrawn for use for spares        

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