Green Line RF Coach
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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. The first to be licensed was RF26 in October 1951. As well as luggage racks, deeper pile seats added to the luxurious feel of the interior. On the outside, the wheels were treated to chrome wheel embellishers and the bodywork embossed Green Line logos.
The lengthening to 30 feet was achieved by adding a further full width side window and a small quarter one to their rear. Four additional seats were added. Together with their sturdy build quality, all this resulted in a vehicle heavier than their contemporary 56-seater RT double- decker.
During the production run of these long distance coaches an additional single air intake was fitted on the roof, nearer the front (not included on this drawing).
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.

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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