RLH 23

RLH 23

RLH 23 has now been lovingly preserved for longer than its service career with London Transport.

RLH 23 was the first RLH in the UK to be re-licensed for commercial passenger carrying service including private hires. It has a fully refurbished interior with all original features retained, including the extensive used of wooden trimming.

View RLH 23's private hire page on the commercial Timebus web site.

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23rd October 2016

Visiting the Spring Gathering of the London Bus Museum, Brooklands, Surrey

Photo © E. Pring

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1st August 2010

Walton, Surrey. Route 461 was being re-created by RLHs on this date as part of the RLH40 commemoration.

Photo © T. Drake

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20th October 2006

Cricklewood

Photo © E. Pring

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6th December 2003

City of London

Photo © E. Pring

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13th October 2002

Metroline's Harrow Weald Garage (with RLH 44)

During 'RLH50' event

Photo © E. Pring

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13th October 2002

Rayners Lane Underground Station, route 230 recreation

Photo © Peter Larkham

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2001

Kew Gardens

Photo © E. Pring

2001: RLH 23 was repainted red, but the colour of the central horizontal band changed from cream to flake grey.

13th April 1996 - took part in a route 178 recreation on the occasion of 25 years since the last London lowbridge service

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Downstairs interior view, showing sunken upstairs gangway on offside

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RLH 23 with an RT

Photo © D. Pring

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c1990

Cobham Bus Museum, Surrey

Photo © D. Pring

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1st October 1988

Wolverton Station

Photo © E. Pring

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9th July 1988

the Lygon Arms, Broadway, Worcestershire

Photo © E. Pring

July 1987: RLH 23 was fully PCV certified with Timebus Travel (later called just Timebus), the first RLH in the UK to be re-licensed for commercial passenger carrying service including private hires.

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29th August 1978

Beside St Albans bus garage

Photo © M. McClure

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7th May 1972

Brighton seafront

Photo © R. Lanham

1967: Purchased for preservation by David Pring and D James

June 1966: withdrawn

1964: Final garage allocation to Dalston in 1964, where it ran on the 178 route.

1959: Went back to Hornchurch, for route 248

November 1955: Repainted red during an overhaul and moved to another Central garage, Harrow Weald. Only 8 RLHs changed colour (all from green to red) during their London careers.

February 1955: Transferred to the Central area at Hornchurch, the first time this garage had been allocated RLHs. 3 other RLHs also moved there at this time. It was still painted green

1952: RLH 23 began its career in Country area green colours, at Addlestone garage.

1952: RLH 23 was built, painted in green for use in the London Transport country area.

UK registration number: MXX 223. For other identifying numbers (chassis, body etc) please see this table.

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