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Prepared in Notepad by Ian Smith, updated 27th March 2014.
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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:

Bus of The Week What's New RTL453 on X55 at Gravesend Ferry Terminal, 7th December 2013.
Special Report: Bromley Mini-Running Day, 8th December 2013
Special Reports Archive Ensignbus Running Day, 7th December 2013
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 H DD DDN L LR C DA LE1
1980-00s: Volvo Citibuses Scanias Lynxes midibuses
1990-00s: Leyland Olympians Volvo Olympians DAF d/d DAF s/d
1990-00s: Dennis Lances Dennis Dart Volvo B6 MV MM
1990-10s: Dart SLFs Optare Excels Scania SLFs
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COUNTRY BUS RALLIES GS62 Garages RTL453 on X55 at Gravesend Ferry Terminal, 7th December 2013. Photo: Ian Smith.

What's New:

27th March 2014. I have been away from home, and incommunicado for the last four weeks. However, I have made a little progress with the RTL histories while away.

26th Febuary 2014. I have spent the last five weeks updating the 2013 data on the classes I have covered that still operate - mainly Dart SLFs these days, as they disperse from the main London operators due to "old age" and emissions regulations. But still plenty of changes to Olympians, which are still going strong in many parts of the country, as well as Routemasters (all over the world), and more interesting buses of the past, which still change hands or emerge from long rebuilds or mouldy barns...

If I stuck to this solidly I should go even crazier than I am, so in between times I have been revisiting the RTL histories. These now look a horrible mess, as data fragments have gathered from a variety of sources. There are still large gaps, but fewer than before. Histories of RTL1-99 have received more attention than others, and are in respectable, if incomplete, shape.

There are also a couple more Dart SLF pages: a quicky on "Repton" (Anyone remember the BBC computer game?), and a fascinating (if complex) look at Travel with Hunny.

5th January 2014. I have started into this year's annual round of updates, which will keep me busy for a month or so. In the meantime, a pair of Dart SLF pages: Imperial Buses, and Sunray Travel

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

21st December 2013. I have put up the first two pages of a report on the Ensignbus Running Day, 7th December 2013.

18th December 2013. A page on Croydon Coaches, Coaches Excetera, Buses Excetera: their Dart SLFs.

14th December 2013. I have put up the four pages of a report on the Bromley Mini-Running Day, 8th December 2013.

10th December 2013. Another 1930s page, on acquired buses, this time Thornycrofts, including the Nippy minibuses (NY), the Boadicea GreenLine coaches (TH) and the Cygnet buses. - and two service lorries.

6th December 2013. A quicky page on the Gravesend & District Manchesters.

30th November 2013. I have updated the histories of RM200-299, with fleshed-out histories and some pictures.

You may have noticed that I have stopped regular updates of Bus of the Week since the end of the year (October). It had been running for 16 years. I have left the last one up, and shall have a think in the New Year (January) about what I am going to do with it, or with the time from not doing it. I am conscious of the large gaps in my pages, and of galloping anno domini.

5th November 2013. Another Dart SLF page: Southdown PSV.

31st October 2013. I have given the London Country BL/BN pages a serious upgrade.

28th October 2013. A page on the AJS Pilots.

25th October 2013. I visited the Epping-Ongar Railway on 6th October 2013.

23rd October 2013. A page on the independent's Leyland Lions (and Lioness).

13th October 2013. A page on the Associated Daimler ADC types.

25th September 2013. I have added 1959 data to the RTL histories.

9th September 2013. I have started a report on the 424 Route Recreation Day at Horley on 1st September. More pages next week.

During the odd days this summer that I have been at home I have worked on the early histories of the Country RTs, filling in some of the gaps.

23rd July 2013. The final batches of partial RT histories have been added: RT4600-4699 and RT4700-4825. Of course there are still gaps, and I shall be revisiting earlier batches as I work through various sources of information.

24th June 2013. I have put up a page about the pre-war Dennis microbuses taken over by London Tranport, the DM class, the Dennis 30cwts, Dennis Gs and Dennis GLs.

22nd June 2013. I had a really good weekend at Stevenage on 8th/9th June, starting with a morning on the special 801 shuttle for the Saturday Farmers Market. Reports on the Hitchin Routes Recreations on the Saturday afternoon, and the Sunday Running Day, are here too.

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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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