RF280 History

Allocation History

Chassis no. 9821LT1113 delivered from AEC, Southall, to Metro-Cammell, Birmingham, in 1952.

Date Allocation Routes C U No. Body No. Classification
8/52 Chiswick Works Stored unlicenced 9297 7673 2RF2/1
8/52 Hertford (HG) 715 . . .
7/53 Northfleet (NF) 701, 702, 725 . . .
8/56 Aldenham Works Overhaul . . .
9/56 Northfleet (NF) 701, 702, 725 9263 7655 2RF2/1
6/60 Aldenham Works Overhaul . . .
6/60 Tunbridge Wells (TW) 704 9273 7659 1/2RF2/1
10/65 Aldenham Works Overhaul . . .
10/65 Reigate (RG) 430, 439, 440, 447, 447A, 447B, 447C 9290 7668 1/2RF2/1
1/69 Reigate Stored unlicenced . . .
2/69 Northfleet 450, 451, 452, 489, 489A, 490 . . .
3/71 Aldenham Works Repaint . . .
3/71 Northfleet 450, 451, 452, 489, 489A, 490
After 6/71
but by 11/71
St. Albans (SA) 304, 313, 330, 338, 338A, 342, 355, 355A, 358, 361, 365, 382, 391, 391A . . .
3/72 Garston Withdrawn (broken spring)
4/72 Sold

Old photographs

RF 280 looks exceptionally smart in this c1956 view, taken in River Street, Windsor, at the end of a long trip across South London from Gravesend. The conductor can’t be seen – perhaps he nipped off at Windsor garage or maybe hopped off for a packet of Woodbines.
Collection of J Hinson

Although re-designated a Country Area bus in 1965, RF 280 could still occasionally be found on Green Line work in later years. On Sunday, 30th June 1968, RF280 was heading across Trafalgar Square bound for her home garage of Reigate on route 711.  J Blake

RF280 in Northfleet, Wednesday, 5th March 1969, bound for the White Swan at Ash   J Blake

This photograph was probably taken whilst RF280 was in the ownership of the Wembley Laundry.  Collection of J Hinson

Subsequent owners

Date Owner Use
4/72 Passenger Vehicle Spares, Carlton, Yorks Dealer
4/72 Pickersgill & Laverick, Cudworth, Yorks Dealer
4/72 Paul Sykes, Blackerhill, Yorks Dealer
2/73 Barry Monk, Hatfield, Herts As dealer. Upseated to 39.
2/73 James Hayes & Sons Ltd. (Wembley Laundry), India Pavilion, Exhibition Ground, Wembley, Middx Staff bus
1/74 T Hornby, London NW6 For preservation
-/74 E H Brakell, Cheam, Surrey Dealer
5/74 C Lewis (Kingston RF Group), New Malden, Surrey Preserved
5/76 T J Ward (London & Provincial Omnibus Circle), Teddington, Middx. Society transport
by 3/78 Surrey & Hampshire Canal Society, Camberley, Surrey (Based at Basingstoke, Hants. from 2/80) Society transport
-/83 London Bus Preservation Group, Cobham, Surrey As dealer
6/83 B W Phillips, Esher, Surrey Not used
2/85 D Smith, Sutton, Surrey (Later moved to Hartlepool) For preservation
7/88 G & J Hinson, Potterspury, Northants. As dealer
10/88 S Calvert, Enfield, Middx. & J Wells, Sawbridgeworth, Herts. For preservation
6/89 M Freegard, Hertford, Herts. & I Whatmore, Winchmore Hill, London For preservation
7/10/92 G & J Hinson, Potterspury, Northants. & A Wylie, Watford, Herts. Preserved