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A ride in an RT.

Discussion in 'Everything Else Heritage' started by 45669, Sep 14, 2021.

  1. 45669

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    Evening All,

    I went to the Epping Ongar Railway on Sunday and used the heritage bus link from Epping to North Weald. RT3238 in London Transport 'Greenline' livery was doing the honours and I have put a few minutes of video on my YouTube channel. So if you like the sound of an AEC Regent III, join me for the ride. Hold very tight please - ding-ding!



    Hope it's of interest.

    TTFN,

    Ron.
     
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    Spamcan81 Nat Pres stalwart

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    A proper bus. None of this modern rubbish.
     
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    It certainly took me back a bit. I could have been a three year old going to visit my auntie!
     
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    Me too :) - I used to use that bus route (and the Epping-Ongar tube) regularly in the 70s & 80s.
     
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    Nice video, I used to ride on those, albeit in country area livery, in the 60s/70s on the 311 between Radlett and Bushey. Nice memory jogger.
     
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    I've driven one of those (long ago and not in London) The BRSCC had one as a circuit control bus at Rufforth and I get the opportunity to drive it fro one end of the airfield to the other. I remember it well because I finished up with a black thumb nail, I got my thumb in the gate gearchange of that air assisted Wilson pre select gearbox when selecting another gear.:Arghh:
    9.6 litre AEC engine.:)
     
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    Like others, I travelled on RTs regularly as a child/teenager (part of the school journey) and riding one of them again at the Epping Ongar a few years ago was quite a thrill. What did strike me then was how small they were compared with many present day buses.

    Steve B
     
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    The RT was probably the best bus ever produced for London Transport along with its Leyland derivatives, the RTL and RTW ( W for wide, 8' rather than 7' 6" ). My father was a driver at Catford Garage and preferred the AEC version saying the engines were much smoother and slightly more powerful. The design was from 1939 with most being built post war up to 1954. The last examples lasted until the late 70s so they served London well.
    This is the one that started it all, RT1 in Parliament Square on a special photographic event in 2014

    1 RT1 Parliament Square 09-08-14.jpg
     
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    I reckon I could still just about fit into that cab..:eek: :)
     
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