RF453 History

Allocation History

Chassis no. 9821LT845 was delivered from AEC, Southall, to Metro-Cammell, Birmingham, 10/10/52.

Date Allocation Routes CU No. Body No. Classification
27/1/53 Aldenham Works Stored unlicenced 9517 7971 2RF2
18/2/53 Muswell Hill (MH) 210, 212, 251 . . .
10/10/57 Aldenham Works Overhaul . . .
10/10/57 Sidcup (SP) 228, 241 9504 8011 2RF2
26/11/58 Southall (HW) 211 . . .
9/61 Aldenham Works Overhaul . . .
9/61 Croydon (TC) 234, 234A 9507 8021 2RF2
10/61 Leyton (T) 236 . . .
10/61 Muswell Hill (MH) 210, 212, 251 . . .
12/65 Aldenham Works Overhaul . . .
12/65 New Cross (NX) 202 9507 8021 2RF2
5/66 New Cross Unlicenced for rebuild . . .
6/66 Kingston (K) 215, 215A, 216, 218, 219 . . 1/2RF5/3
5/69 Kingston Stored unlicenced . . .
6/69 Norbiton Stored unlicenced . . .
7/69 Kingston (K) 71, 215, 216, 218, 219 . . .
9/71 Kingston Stored unlicenced . . .
5/72 Kingston (K) 71, 215, 216, 218, 219 . . .
1/73 Aldenham Works Overhaul . . .
1/73 Palmers Green (AD) 212 9566 8712 .1/2RF5/3
1/73 Hounslow (AV) 202, 237 . . .
4/77 Kingston (K) 71, 215, 216, 218, 219 . . .
7/77 Kingston Stored unlicenced . . .
7/77 Hendon Police College On loan (unlicenced training unit) . . .
10/84 Turnham Green Stored unlicenced . . .
12/84 Southall (former AEC Factory) Stored unlicenced . . .
1/85 Sold . . . .

Old photographs

When nearly new, RF 453 trundles across Hampstead Heath with a motor-cyclist making the most of the slip-stream. Notice the driver’s white-top hat hooked over the window winding handle. Collection of J Hinson

This photograph was taken around 1960, while RF453 was allocated to Southall garage. It is seen at Ealing Broadway working route 211. Of interest are the experimental trafficator mountings without the rubberised fittings later provided. Collection of J Hinson

A late 1976 view finds a grimy and battered RF453 at Richmond with a positive “gaggle” of elderly ladies ready to fumble with their purses as they board. The buildings are largely unchanged today, although most of the shop frontages have been rebuilt and the true seventies flowers have gone. Route 202 operated between Hounslow and Richmond.
A H Hayes

RF453 is seen taking a break from operation on route 237 during 1977 at Hounslow Bus Station. The building behind is Hounslow Garage, home for the vehicle for several years.
Collection of J Hinson

Subsequent owners

Date Owner Use
1/85 G & J Hinson, Potterspury, Northants. Preserved.

Tickets found on RF453 during restoration