Built : 1952
No. of seats : 53
Registration : MXX 223
RLH 23 began its career in Country area green colours, at Addlestone garage. It was transferred to the Central area at Hornchurch in 1955, but not repainted red until moving to Harrow Weald 9 months later. Only 8 RLHs changed colour (all from green to red) during their London careers.
The bus went back to Hornchurch in 1959, for route 248, and finished its career at Dalston in 1964, where it ran on the 178 route, being withdrawn in June 1966.
RLH 23 was purchased for preservation by David Pring and D James in 1967. It has now been lovingly preserved for longer than its service career with London Transport.
RLH 23 was fully PCV certified with Timebus Travel in 1987, the first RLH in the UK to be re-licensed for commercial passenger carrying service. It has a fully refurbished interior with all original features retained, including the extensive used of wooden trimming, and is available for private hires.
In 2001 RLH 23 was repainted red, but the colour of the central horizontal band changed from cream to flake grey.
View RLH 23's private hire page on the commercial Timebus web site.
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