Crew Operated Country Area RF
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Notes About This Vehicle

The AEC Regal MkIV with Metro-Cammell bodywork was introduced by London Transport from 1951, with the fleet designation ‘RF’; this eventually reaching 700 in number.
The first 25 vehicles were 27ft 6ins long, with air-operated doors and glass roof panels intended for private hire.
Several variations on the theme followed, all 30ft long. These took the form of Green Line coaches with luggage racks and folding doors, as well as green country area buses with doors but no luggage racks. The first batch of red buses appeared for the central area without doors.
After the private hire coaches a batch of Green Line coaches was built, fleet numbered RF26 to RF288. Central area red buses RF289 to RF513 followed and then finally a batch of green buses for the country area numbered RF514 to RF700, as depicted here.
As with the Green Line coaches, the country area buses had green mudguards and lifeguards, whereas both of these were black on the central area red vehicles.
During the production run of the long distance Green Line coaches, an additional single air intake was fitted on the roof and being later than the Green Lines, this country area bus includes it.
By the late 1950s the confusing, literally ambiguous, double arrow single rear indicator was replaced by individual nearside and offside arrows. A reversing light and reflectors were further upgrades.
The position of front semaphore ‘trafficators’ can be seen, though these were never used and were blanked off. ‘Elephant ear’ front indicators were fitted from 1959.
RF514 was first licensed in March 1953, to work out of Reigate garage (RF544 followed two months later at St. Albans as in this drawing).

Notes About This Drawing

The drawing is based on a general arrangement drawing ‘RF019.Z1’ revised to 1964. This type of black & white sketch drawing, as implied by the name, is not intended to define detail but as a specification guide to builders.
All the fine detail has been interpreted from contemporary black & white photographs. Also used were more recent colour images. The detail should not be viewed with any certainty in terms of its appearance when in service and none of it can be regarded as definitive.
It should be understood that all four elevations are seen here as one would see each part of the vehicle at a truly perpendicular angle. In real life this is of course impossible.
drawing copyright Douglas Rose March 2018
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