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RLH London: Routes and Garages
Distribution and Allocation
Overview of Fleet Distribution
The pie charts below provide a 5-yearly summary of the fleet allocations. Codes given are the garage codes, except for OV which indicates Overhaul, and X which indicates withdrawn.
Detailed Allocations over Time
The links to graphs below have been compiled by a database made from official LT records. They show the exact number of RLHs allocated to each garage, on a daily basis over a 20+ year timescale. The same colours are used on the line graphs as the pie charts above.
The following interesting points emerge from this analysis:
- there were 13 to 14 vehicles out of use for around a year from mid-1958, mostly due to the gap between the end of the Central Merton allocation and the start of Dalston. There were also typically 4 vehicles out of use all through 1963- I‘m not sure why that was. The 1 or 2 vehicles out of use at many other times was typically due to garages waiting until the start of the next calendar month to re-licence a vehicle that had returned from overhaul or storage, to economize on vehicle taxation.
- The overhauls graph shows that there were no vehicles in works for around 5 months in 1957, presumably because they had all been done in 1955-6. More consistently, there were usually 2 or 3 vehicles (and never none or more than 4) in works all the way from mid-59 to the end of 1965.
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