This auction is for an extremely rare London Transport RED ARROW General Bus Stop Flag dating from the 1960s.
This is the general version of flag with no 'e' plate holder attached (and no markings underneath showing one has never been attached), and therefore is likely to have come from a section of road served only by a RED ARROW route. I therefore believe that this flag may have come from a stop in either Grosvenor Square or Hanover Square when RED ARROW route 500 was first introduced in 1966 and the off-peak service ran in one direction via Upper Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, Brook Street and Hanover Square to serve Oxford Street in the westbound direction towards Marble Arch and Victoria. This routeing was changed later and RED ARROW route 500 ran both ways along Oxford Street. After a few years the special 'all black' and split RED ARROW flags were replaced with conventional (white) compulsory bus stop flags.
2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of the introduction of RED ARROW route 500, and is celebrated by a vehicle being returned to the original livery.
The flag is approximately 18 inches (460mm) wide x 15½ inches (395mm) tall x 2¾ inches (70mm) deep and weighs around 4.2kg.
It is in excellent condition, with just a few minor marks on the face and a couple of tiny chips on the edge (see photos).
I don't believe one of these general RED ARROW flags has been offered for sale before in auction and it must be a very rare survivor.
I am only reluctantly offering this flag from my collection for sale owing to the need to raise funds for another purchase shortly.
I will send this securely-packed to UK addresses only by PARCELFORCE 48.
I am sorry but I am unable to send this to overseas addresses owing to the high cost of postage and insurance.
1960s LONDON TRANSPORT RED ARROW BUS STOP GENERAL FLAG
- Product Code: 1960s LT RED ARROW BUS STOP FLAG
- Availability: In Stock