RT852 ¡V JXC230
was the first example of the new RT3/1 body (with no roofboxes
at all) and had been presented to the public at the Commercial
Motor Exhibition at Earl's Court in 1948.
July 1948, the first delivery of RT3/1s was made to Dalston
when they received a batch of 6. In October, to replace their
ST's on Routes 81, 116 and 117, Hounslow became the third
garage to receive them when a batch of 16 was delivered,
including RT852. Despite its brand new 3-bay layout to the
front blind box, restricted blinds had to be used
because none of the new format were available, when
RT852 first entered service on Route 117.