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RLH 69

rlh69kv-g-w/jpg June 2013

Northfleet, Kent

Next to RLH 71

Photo copyright K. Valla

April 2012

With the London Bus Company in the UK, along with RLH 71

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Liverpool docks

After re-patriation to the UK along with RLH 53 and RLH 71.

Photo copyright M. Weeks

3rd December 2011: Still awaiting export from the USA to the UK.
September 2011: Sale to a new owner in the UK.
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RLHs 53, 69 (centre) and 71

Oregon

Photo by S. McFadden

parade07.jpg 4th July 2007

Taking part in the Ashland parade for Independence Day, after repainting with a white roof.

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Under restoration in Gold Hill, Oregon.

Photo by M. Walton

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Sold, along with RLH 69 and 71. Shown leaving for Oregon.

Photo by M. Walton

photo May 2005

same location as below (with RLH 53 and 71)

Photo by, and used with permission of, Bob Martin

photo October 2001

Murrieta, California, USA (with RLH 53 and 71)

Photo by David Humphrey

photo October 2001

Murrieta, California, USA

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 53 and 71)

Photo © E. Pring

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Upminster Station stand, route 248

Photo © R. Newport

RLH 69 (registration MXX 269) was always a Central area red bus, and during its LT career of nearly 20 years, served at all 4 of the Central area garages which operated RLHs.

According to the official LT record, it was allocated new to Merton on the 10.12.52. It was first overhauled between 30.8.56 and 19.10.56. It was re-allocated to Harrow Weald from 20.8.58, and overhauled again from 21.9.60 to 8.11.60. Another change of garage on 21.7.61 took it to Dalston. The final overhaul occurred between 01-01-65 and 01-03-65, after which the bus served from Hornchurch, switching back to Dalston from 19.9.70.

The bus was withdrawn on 17.4.71.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 53 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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