RT597 ˇV HLX414
RT597 was the first RT to be delivered , brand new,
to Country service when it entered service on route 301 on
21st July 1948 out of Tring garage.
our earlier model of a Country bus, 2922 ˇV RT36, a 2RT2 which
had been re-painted in 1955, RT597 was a Weymann-bodied 3RT3. The 3RT
chassis was similar to the 2RT with the main differences being
that it was cut short behind the rear axle, the platform and
staircase being cantilevered off the main body structure, and
had a revised square fuel tank.
The RT3 body was completely new with
the most obvious difference being the absence of the rear roof
box.. At the front, the downward curve of the lower edge of the
cab windows had been removed and, below the windscreen, the
vents were reduced to 3. The destination blind box was moved to
below the via box, although blinds were ˇ§restrictedˇ¨ due to
lack of availability of revised blinds and a route number plate
had been added to the corner pillar below the canopy.
Internally, a bell cord was added and the fare chart was now
glass-fronted and sited on the bulkhead above the off-side
longitudinal seat. Perhaps the most curious change was the
addition of a second stairwell mirror to improve the conductor's
view of the upper deck. All these features have been faithfully
reproduced in this new model.