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Prepared in Notepad by Ian Smith, updated 21st April 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 RT1 at Brooklands, 13th April 2014.
Special Report: RT75 Celebrations, 12-13th April 2014
Special Reports Archive Bromley Mini-Running Day, 8th Dec. 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
Links to other L.T. sites The sources used About the bus-stop
COUNTRY BUS RALLIES GS62 Garages 75 years old: RT1 at Brooklands, 13th April 2014. Photo: Ian Smith.

What's New:

21st April 2014.

HAPPY EASTER!

I thoroughly enjoyed the RT75 Weekend. The first page of a report, covering the line-up at Ash Grove, is now up. More to come on route 22 etc.

RTL histories are progressing, with a first pass done on RTL1-99 , RTL100-199 and RTL200-299. The rest are still lumped together. As I bash each hundred into reasonable shape they too will be separated out. Extra data keeps churning out of the wash as I proceeed, so this gets added to the "done" pages too.

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

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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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