I confess to have not thought about this feature before, but I cannot recall ever noting a bus of the RF, RT or RM family in service without those smart rear wheel trims. As far as I know, they were never fitted to the later “off the peg” designs operated in London. A quick look through my own slides and negatives reveals no RF/RT/RM family example without the trims, but, on the internet, I have spotted one picture of an RT lacking these fittings whilst still in LT service. The postulated 1971 date of the decree stipulating the removal of the trims fits with the fact that, from 1st January 1970, London Transport came “under new management” when the Central Buses and Underground operations were transferred to the Greater London Council. In the 10th June 1969 House of Lords debate on the proposed Transport London Bill, it was dismissively stated that “London Transport management is very weak”, this from a Tory politician whose career had been mostly in agriculture. Thus the Broadway/Chiswick dynasty that had effectively reigned since the days of the General came to an abrupt end. All new brooms like to be seen to sweep clean, even if some of the items thus discarded are of benefit. No doubt wheel trims were seen as a superfluous irrelevance. The Country Bus and Coach department, which was handed over to the National Bus Company, had no obligation to follow the same path. All my pictures of the ex LT LCBS fleet show the trims in place, and I worked at the Reigate HQ during that time. Indeed, this was the period when the Stokes (mis)led British Leyland found itself unable to supply new vehicles and spares to the bus industry nationwide. Spares for the ex LT designs became particularly scarce, and such items as did become available were immediately snapped up by the GLC controlled London Transport. LCBS suffered severely in consequence. NBC drafted such vehicles as it could muster into LCBS, and buses were hired in from Southend and Maidstone to help plug the gaps. Determined to reduce the size of the problem, LCBS sold as many RT/RMC/RML/RCL buses as possible to the GLC controlled London Transport Executive. I am pretty sure that the residual LCBS fleet of ex LT types retained their wheel trims to the end. There is one small point in Phil’s comprehensive comment that I would question. The engines in London Transport buses were de-rated, not governed down. Nevertheless, the Country Bus and Coach dept. fleet were fitted with higher geared differentials when 40 mph became the legal limit. I can assure him that a Country RT on a rural section such as that from Chelsham garage to Westerham on the 403 (later 483) certainly didn’t hang about when circumstances so demanded, and there were plenty of other similar route examples.

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