1949 Leyland 7RT bus – RTL139

© Graham Smith

Date: 1949
Registration: KGK 803
Acquired by Museum: 1998
Current State: Fully operational

RTL139 was delivered to new Chiswick works at the end of February 1949 and commenced service from Riverside garage a few days later. After three overhauls, and a period of time on the works float system, the bus was finally withdrawn in 1967. Upon withdrawal, it was sold to Louwman and Parqui of Leidschendam, who exported the vehicle to Holland for display at the HET National Automobielmuseum near The Hague to complement an earlier exhibit, STL441.

The Dutch Motor Museum closed in 1996 and the RTL was purchased by a Trust member and donated to the Museum, arriving at Cobham in October 1998. The vehicle is very original, having been sold directly from service to a museum, who ensured the condition did not deteriorate. Some work has been carried out on the bus at Cobham. This has included relaying the cork tiles on the floors, cleaning the seats, and recently repainting the roof, due to the faded paint. The bus has been used in service in London, on several occasions since its repatriation, and is sometimes used on the Museums route 462, on open days.

 

Chassis: Leyland 7RT
Body: Park Royal 56-seat, rear entrance, open platform
Engine: Leyland 0600 9.8 litre diesel with air operated pre-select gearbox
Vehicle Classification: RTL, standing for RT Leyland
Date into service: 1949
Date of withdrawal: 1967