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RLH 53

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Seen at Metropolis Bus and Coach, High Wycombe undergoing restoration.

Photo © E. Pring

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Seen at Metropolis Bus and Coach, High Wycombe undergoing restoration.

Vehicle sold to A. Totten in Feb or March 2016.

Photo © E. Pring

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Lower deck in use as 'the Regent Cinema'

London Bus Museum, Brooklands, Surrey

Photo © E. Pring

exhibit information from the London Bus Museum

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London Bus Museum, Brooklands, Surrey

Photo © E. Pring

April 2012: Moved by low-loader to the London Bus Museum, Brooklands, Surrey; where the bodywork will for the time being be retained in unrestored condition
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Liverpool docks

After re-patriation to the UK along with RLH 69 and RLH 71.

Photo © M. Weeks

September 2011: Sold to the London Bus Museum, Brooklands, Surrey. Awaiting export from the USA to the UK.
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Oregon

Photo by S. McFadden

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Gold Hill, Oregon.

Photo by M. Walton

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Sold, along with RLH 69 and 71. About to be moved to Oregon.

Photo by M. Walton

photo May 2005

same location as below (with RLH 69 and 71)

Photo by, and used with permission of, Bob Martin

photo October 2001

Murrieta, California, USA (with RLH 69 and 71)

Photo by David Humphrey

photo October 2001

Murrieta, California, USA

Photo by David Humphrey

North County Times Newspaper article from 2001 about RLH 53,69 and 71 in Murrieta (link last updated 2005-01-19)
photo November 1998

Murrieta, California, USA (with RLH 69 and 71)

Photo © E. Pring

RLH 53 (registration MXX 253) was the first RLH to be delivered in red livery, and was always a Central area red bus. According to the official LT record, it was allocated new to Harrow Weald garage on the 19.11.52. It was first overhauled between 21.12.55 and 16.2.56. It was stored for 9 months from 20.8.58 until re-allocated to Dalston garage from 13.5.59, for the start of a new route called the 178. There were a further 2 overhauls (1.9.59 to 1.11.59 and 18.6.64 to 19.8.64).

The bus was withdrawn on 17.4.71. It was exported (perhaps with the non-authentic route 11 blinds in the apertures) to a museum 'the Hill Country Wagons to Wings Collection', Morgan Hill, California, USA in January 1972 along with RLH 69 and RLH 71 (for the next 40 years, those three buses stayed together).

In November 1993, it was sold at auction to a gentleman who wished to use them on a proposed tour of the Murrieta Temecula valley. The tour did not go ahead and the buses remained in a back yard for nearly 15 years (see above photos). They retained their original paper interior advertisements and were, in general, perhaps the least modified RLHs in the USA.

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