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On Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:04:30 -0000 (UTC), Recliner
Post by Recliner Post by Roy
passenger transport service. I've seen an ex-LT Titan as a tour bus in Vegas too.
I wonder if that was exported from England and into tour service or
was exported when a new vehicle and has spent its working life over
Some London Trolleybuses were destined for South Africa but WW2 got in
the way , our vehicle construction laws had to be amended to allow
for their greater width .
It's a good question that hadn't occurred to me. A swift Google finds this:
RTL STILL WORKING IN SOUTH AFRICA
We've come across this bus before, but not for a long time. Alan Kenny, who
has been contributing to this website for many years, was on safari in
South Africa in January 2016 and spotted this 1950 ex-London Transport
Leyland RTL 841 (originally registered KYY 811) at the Lord Milner Hotel,
Matjiesfontein in the Western Cape province.
It was imported by Cape Electric Tramways in 1966 and worked with them for
10 years, but ended up in Matjiesfontein running tours of the village. Alan
says that the last licence expired at the end of October 2000 so presumably
it's now only used on private roads. Many thanks to Alan for the picture.
So it looks like the bus did serve as a London bus until replaced by a
Routemaster in 1966, then served another ten years as a public bus in Cape
Town, before becoming a tourist attraction in Matjiesfonteinin from 1980.
So it's been a tourist attraction for the hotel in the restored village for
37 years, after about 26 years as a public bus in London and Cape Town.