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Prepared in Notepad by Ian Smith, updated 22nd June 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 XF1 on 424, East Grinstead, 12th April 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
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 Volvo B10s
2000-10s: Lance SLFs Cadets
Links to other L.T. sites The sources used About the bus-stop
COUNTRY BUS RALLIES GS62 Garages XF1 on 424, East Grinstead, 12th April 2015. Photo: Ian Smith.

What's New:

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.

12th March 2015 I totally forgot this rather larger one: Excel (Stansted) and TGM Essex

7th March 2015 Some of those SLF pages:

5th March 2015 The 2014 stock updates are done, as far as I know, and have been posted up.

Along the way I have put together some more Dart SLF pages. Amber Coaches is up, and one or three others are almost ready, once I do the required drawings. Now its time for something relaxing, like reading Laurie Akehurst's Country Buses Volume 2.

9th January 2015 I am getting stuck into the 2014 updates, of which there are quite a few as the Dart SLFs continue their dispersal to the periphery or the scrap man. So don't expect to see much happening until the big upload, probably at the end of February.

15 December 2014. Bromley Running Day on the 7th was excellent. A report is going up (you may have to wait a while for it to get finished!.

I enjoyed the Ensignbus Running Day on 6th December, and am putting up a report (in bits, as usual).

23rd November 2014. As a change, I have filled in a gap at the end of the pre-low-floor double-decker story with a few pages on Dennis Arrows, that were used by Capital Citybus (then First Capital), London & Country, and London Traveller.

5th November 2014. RTL600-699 histories. Return to Contents list.

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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