TEN BUS CLASSES THAT MADE LONDON MORE INTERESTING

Title: London’s Post-War bought the RFWs

Smaller Classes Author: Ken Blacker Publisher: Capital Transport ISBN: 978-1-85414-483-6 Specification: 280mm x 220mm,

176pp, hardback Price: £35

Forty-four years after his definitive history of the RT was published, Ken Blacker has concluded his reviews of London Transport motorbuses and trolleybuses with this informative and thoroughly researched story of ten types purchased between 1946 and 1966, all presented to Capital Transport’s high production standards. These ten were exceptions to the uniformity when the RT double-decker, RF single-decker and Routemaster reigned supreme. They helped make London Transport more interesting and presented a challenge for enthusiasts to track them down in the corners of the empire they inhabited.

There were just 447 of them, but not at the same time. The oldest 197 were long gone before the last 72 were built and the least numerous classes were owned for periods of three and six years. Their elusiveness added to their mystique. We are talking of 65 STD-class Leyland Titan PD1 double-deckers new in 1946, 131 TD-class Leyland Tiger PS1 singledeckers in 1946-49, a solitary Guy Arab III double-decker (G436) in 1949, the 76 RLHclass AEC Regent III lowbridge doubledeckers of 1950/52, 15 RFW-class AEC Regal IV coaches of 1951, 84 GS-class Guy Special country buses of 1953/54, three RW-class AEC Reliance one-man buses of 1960, 50 XA-class Leyland Atlanteans of 1965/66 (pictured), eight XF-class Daimler Fleetlines of 1965 and the 14 RC-class Reliance coaches for Green Line, also new 1965.

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