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On this page: Allocation History . . . Old Photographs . . . Subsequent owners

Allocation History

Chassis no. 0961 3692 delivered for AEC, Southall, to Park Royal Vehicles 19/5/50.

Date Allocation Routes CU No. Body No. Classification
9/6/50 Chiswick Works Stored unlicenced 3224 3768 3RT8
14/6/50 Leyton (T) 10, 35, 35A, 38, 38A, 106, night 296 . . .
19/6/50 Enfield (E) 102, 107, 107A, 121, 128, 135,144,144A, 144B, 191, 205, 242 . . .
8/7/50 Leyton (T) 10, 35, 35A, 38, 38A, 106, night 296 . . .
29/3/51 Old Kent Road (P) 4, 13, 17, 21, 53, 53A, 78, 89, 89A, 153, 159 . . .
31/5/54 Aldenham Works Overhaul . . .
21/6/54 Catford (TL) 1, 47, 54, 75, 89, 94, 124, 138, 160, 180, 182, 186 3224 3768 3RT8
6/10/54 New Cross (NX) 21, 70, 89, 163, 177, 179, 179A, 182, 186 . . .
21/9/55 Chiswick Works Major repairs . . .
9/11/55 New Cross Stored unlicenced . . .
1/12/55 New Cross 21, 70, 89, 163, 177, 179, 179A, 182, 186 . . .
10/4/58 Aldenham Works Overhaul . . .
11/4/58 Turnham Green (V) 55, 65, 65A, 91, 265 3610 2021 3RT3
26/11/58 Barking (BK) 9, 23, 23B, 23C, 33, 62, 62A, 87, 145, 148, 162, 162A, 169, 174, 175, 287, night 295/N95 . . .
24/1/63 Hemel Hempstead (HH) 301/301C, 301D, 302, 314A, 314B, 316A, 320, 330, 334, 334A, 347, 377, 377A, 377B, 378 . . .
1/2/63 Seven Kings Stored unlicenced . . .
21/3/63 Sold . . . .
The colours above indicate the livery carried

Old photographs

RT742 at Victoria, in the fifties
The body presently carried by RT 1784 pre-dates its stock number by a couple of years. It was fitted to RT 742 when new, which is seen at Victoria bus station in the 1950s. The clippie exchanges a few final words with her driver before they set off on the long run out to Potters Bar. Photographer unknown

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RT 1784 was amongst friends when under restoration at Crystal Palace in 1974. Most of the vehicle remains in Lloyd's of Nuneaton's livery, although the cab is being prepared for reversion to LT red livery. To the left are an RTL and a RTW. Photo: John Hinson

RT 1784 at Chiswick in 1978
RT 1784 has changed hands numerous times during preservation, but one notable event took place in 1978 when London Transport hired a number of RTs for training duties during a severe shortage of vehicles. In this view, RT 1784 is departing Chiswick Works where the training school and famous skid pan were to found. Photographer unknown

Subsequent owners

Date Owner Use
21/3/63 H & C Transport, Garston, Herts. As dealer - stored at LT's Potters Bar garage
4/63 J Lloyd & Sons, Nuneaton, Warwicks PSV
3/73 Ted Brakell, Cheam, Surrey Dealer
3/73 Gavin Francis, High Wycombe, Bucks Preserved
9/75 Ted Brakell, Cheam, Surrey Dealer
11/8/76 Gilbert Panter, Thornton Heath, Surrey Preserved
?/?? Ted Brakell, Cheam, Surrey Dealer
26/5/77 Alan Daniels, Brian Dee & Brian Smith (Daniel D Smith Buses), Purley, Surrey
later reformed into 1784 Preservation Group
Preserved
-/80 Mr Stephenson, Mitcham, Surrey Preserved
12/80 Ted Brakell, Cheam, Surrey Dealer
1/5/83 G Calvert, B Ketteridge, D Mann & J Wells (RT1784 Preservation Group), Enfield, Middx.
Group later comprised M Freegard, J Hinson, M Lane & D Mann
Preserved - later repainted red
2/97 Gill & John Hinson, Wealdstone, Middx & Michael Lane, Pinner, Middx Preserved
21/1/02 Gill & John Hinson, Potterspury, Northants. Preserved
The colours above indicate the livery carried

A tax disc from RT 1784

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