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RF 79 LYF430

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Details: Here's one you couldn't miss! RF79 was the last of three AEC Regal buses converted by London Country into towing vehicles, a role in which it lasted for just over 4 years. Unlike similar RF647, the grey livery has a yellow waistband and wheelarches as well as front and rear, making for a rather hotch potch appearance. I am no expert on these buses but the lower headlights/foglights look like additions, while the roof-mounted beacon lights certainly are. Another difference from RF647 is that the rear lower panels have been cut back, presumably to improve ground clearance or for the towing equipment.

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DamonRF79 is a a former Green Line modernised RF, as rebuilt in about 1966/7. Externally this gave it twin headlights and the polished beading beneath the windows. The LT bullseye would have been removed from the front at the same time and this has thus been added upon conversion to a towing bus. The vehicle has also gained a second fog-lamp upon conversion to a towing bus as modernised RFs retained a single fog-lamp. Staff bus RFs also had two fog-lamps and I think this was due to different licensing requirements for buses used on non-PSV duties. Preserved RF486 retains this modification. RF556 and RF647 were both country bus RFs and so had a different external appearance to RF79. RF79 is thought to survive along with RF556, both possibly with the same owner in Cambridgeshire. RF647 is believed to have been scrapped by C.F. Booth of Rotherham.
Note: Edited by Damon Cross, 03/04/07, 21:04.
Note: Edited by Damon Cross, 07/04/07, 13:16.
Tue 03/04/2007, 11:45
John ForgeJust to bring things up to date with RF79&RF556 both vehicles do indeed still survive and have now moved across the border into Suffolk.Also at the same location is RF309 and a few ex LT RTs.All this vehicles are looked after by '' The Bus-keRTeers '' preservation group at Bury St.Edmunds.Fri 20/04/2007, 00:10
Michael EllisNice picture as a matter of interest, what RT is behind it, it could only be RT 1018, 3461 or my one RT 604! The front dome looks battered enough to be 604.
Note: Edited by Michael Ellis, 22/08/07, 20:38.
Wed 22/08/2007, 20:37