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Prepared in Notepad by Ian Smith, updated 13th May 2016.
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The BUS-STOP is an outsider's view of London Transport buses, mainly in the 1930-1980 era.

Whats at the bus stop:

What's New Special Report: East Grinstead, 10th April 2016 RM2 at East Grinstead.
Special Reports Archive Bromley, 13th December 2015
LONDON BUS CLASSES:
1920-30s: O NS ADC LS R AJS CH DE DM LN WLV NY
1930-40s: LT CC ST LTL T CB DL DT DA GF DC
1930-40s: TD TR STL STD BD MS C Q LTC TF CR
1940-50s: B G D TD
1950-70s: RT RTL RTW RTC SRT RF RFW BEA GS RLH
1950-90s: RM RMC RCL RML RMF RMA FRM RX RW RC EC
1960-70s: TT XF XA MB SM SMW SMA RP DMS DMO FS FT
1970-90s: AF AN MS LN LNB SNC SNB LS GSN GLS
1970-90s: BL BN BS BL MD PD3 LS LR BT P,D RN
1980s: RB RS DV DL PL TL TD TP TPL LRC BTL
1980-00s: T M A V Dominators L LR C DA LE1
1980-00s: Volvo Citibuses Scanias Lynxes midibuses Volvo B10s
1990-00s: Leyland Olympians Volvo Olympians DAF d/d DAF s/d
1990-00s: Lances Arrows Darts Falcons Volvo B6 MV MM
1990-10s: Dart SLFs Optare Excels Scania SLFs
2000-10s: Lance SLFs Cadets
Links to other L.T. sites The sources used About the bus-stop
COUNTRY BUS RALLIES GS62 Garages RM2 has its blinds changed at East Grinstead, 10th April 2016. Photo: Ian Smith.

What's New:

13th May 2016 So far the Virgin site has not disappeared. Have I been misinformed? Or overlooked? Or blessed? Have I passed my SATS English grammar?

Anyway, an updated set of histories of RTL800-899 has gone up. These are taking longer as I am working on my bucket list.

Next? I think I shall take time to read "T: the London Transport Regals", and see what juice I can extract.

14th April 2016 I have started to put up a report on the East Grinstead Running Day. More to follow.

Important News: from the end of this month (April 2016) Virgin Media are ceasing to support my web-space. So this page, the bibliography and the Country Bus Rallies front pages will be moving across to countrybus.org, ie front page, bibliography, and Country Bus Rallies.

I know this will not be welcome new to those of you who have difficulty accessing www.countrybus.org, but I don't have much choice: eighteen years of loyal customer and Virgin just dumps me.

It will take me some time to change every page that I have written, so that the back-link to the index page points to the right place, so I ask your patience. (My Google links will also take some time to catch up with the move, I expect. Similarly the links to the bibliography page will take time to change.

13th April 2016

I have been improving the histories of RM500-RM599. I am still missing some body numbers.

19th March 2016 The 2015 updates have taken longer this year, partly due to family commitments, and partly due to the withdrawal of step-entrance and other non-DDA single deckers at the end of the year. Now back to Routemaster histories.

1st February 2016 ..and then there were the Excels that came to EOS in November 2014.

I have also retrieved a couple of RT1702 pictures from my phone, for the end of the Bromley Running Day.

30th January 2016 While plugging away at this years updates (not up yet), I became aware that I had missed the Universitybus Cadets. So by way of quick diversion from the main job I have popped up a page.

15th January 2016 I have been away from home again for the last week. Got back last night. Here is part three of the Bromley day.

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About Ian's Bus Stop: Dreadful warnings!

Ian does not pretend to be an expert: any corrections, additional information, flattery or news gratefully welcomed. Rivet-counters can make their own web-sites!

Most BUS-STOP pages contain:

  • drawings or photos (when I can get them) of a class of London bus;
  • a potted class history;
  • some history of individual buses;
  • a list of photographic sources, and
  • a bibliography.
The histories are not complete. They are assembled from data from a variety of sources, that do not always agree with each other. In some cases I have much more data than I have displayed, and just need time to fill in the gaps. They are are offered as a help to your own researches, not as a complete entity.

I do not attempt to keep the histories up-to-date. If you want the latest information, there are plenty of special interest groups on the net. For comprehensive monthly updates, subscribe to LOTS to get "The London Bus".

The plan drawings by Ian Smith are NOT scale drawings from originals, but based on a few known dimensions and (usually) a variety of photographs. In places inferences have been drawn where the photographic evidence is poor.
In particular adverts shown on buses may have incorrect colouring where I have guessed wrongly from black & white pictures, or may be inappropriate to the livery worn by the bus.
They may be of use to modellers if printed at an appropriate scale. You'll have to experiment to find the right printer settings.

Pages are designed for use on the Firefox browser, on 800*600 resolution. Other resolutions may give odd results. If a display ratio is not 4:3 the photos and drawings may be distorted. Using other browsers may also give odd results at times, especially if they do not follow the rules, like Microsoft's Explorer, which does its own thing. I am trying to amend pages so that they show properly on 4:3 ratio pages other than 800*600, but this may take some time, and you may need a good pair of reading glasses.

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