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Notes About This Vehicle

With the eventual replacement of London Transport’s fleet of some 700 single-deck RFs in mind, developments in one-man operation were also to the fore. RFs were being used in this mode though entry and exit through a single front door was inefficient.
A front entrance and mid exit solution was pursued in order to reduce dwell time at bus stops. Depicted in this drawing, just three of these experimental ‘Pay As You Enter’ buses were bought by London Transport to test the concept, with all three arriving in September 1960.
The AEC Reliance chassis had a Willowbrook body with the look of a more provincial style construction. The sliding windows had a cheap feel compared with the usual winder type and the emergency exit was unusually at the offside rather than at its normal location at the rear on London vehicles.
RW3 entered service at Hemel Hempstead subsequently seeing service at Addlestone (Weybridge), Reigate, St. Albans, Hertford, Stevenage and, then back at Hemel Hempstead.
The three RWs had short lives with London Transport and RW3 was withdrawn in 1963 and sold to Chesterfield Corporation, then being worked by a number of private operators until 1988 when it was acquired for preservation.
RW3 bus was fully restored in 2010/11 and is privately preserved, residing at the London Bus Preservation Trust at Brooklands.

Notes About This Drawing

The drawing is based on a general arrangement drawing SK.3661.C dated 1960. 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 dozens of colour photographs of RW3 in its restored condition. 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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