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Prepared in Notepad by Ian Smith, updated 22nd July 2015.
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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 RTL554, A25, 17th May 2015.
Special Report: Sevenoaks Running Day, 17th May 2015
Special Reports Archive East Grinstead Running Day, 12th April 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 Dennis Dart 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 RTL554 west of Bessels Green on A25, 17th May 2015. Photo: Ian Smith.

What's New:

22nd July 2015 More RTL histories: RTL700-799

16th July 2015

I have put together some pages on the Volvo large single-deckers, both step-entrance and low-floor. There include the large Volvo single-decker buses of Arriva the Shires. I thought this was going to be a quickie page, on the ex-Buffalo Alexander Strider, but soon found there were quite a few other Volvos from Buffalo, with different body-builders, plus other B10Ms from other sources. Interesting! That set me going, so there are also the Volvo Striders of Metrobus, and the shorty B9Ms of Harris Bus (This page is incomplete, still needing drawings and more photos - these will follow).

As for low floor buses, I have added an (incomplete) page on VWL1, London's prototype low-floor Volvo, and a page on the London Traveller/Metropolitan Omnibus B6BLE Sprytes. Tellings-Golden Millers low-floor ALX300s for the 726 have not been forgotten.

22nd June 2015 More Cadet pages: East Thames Buses / Go-Ahead London, Carousel, Go-Coachhire, and the Electrocitys of Go_Ahead and Abellio

27th May 2015

I have started the report on the Sevenoaks Running Day More to follow.

Some pages on Cadets are up. So far Arriva London, Arriva the Shires and Arriva Southern Counties.

3rd May 2015 Having arrived home from nine days walking in Germany. I have continued with part five of the East Grinstead Running Day. More pages will follow.

17th April 2015 I have started to put up the report on the East Grinstead Running Day. More pages will follow as I find time to do them.

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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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