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Prepared in Notepad by Ian Smith, updated 23rd March 2019.
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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: Bromley Mini Running Day, 9th December 2018 RM1397 on 94 at Bromley South, 09/12/18.
Special Reports Archive Sevenoaks Running Day, 13th May 2018
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 MY
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
1990-10s: Dart SLFs Optare Excels Scania SLFs MAN
2000-10s: Lance SLFs Cadets Tridents Presidents Omnis
Links to other L.T. sites The sources used About the bus-stop
COUNTRY BUS RALLIES GS62 Garages RM1397 on 94, Bromley South Station, 9th December 2018

What's New:

22nd April 2019 More STL infillings: the ELP, FJJ and FXT reg STLs' histories have been improved, plus the unfrozen STLs, the lowbridge STLs the Tunnel STLs.

EAST GRINSTEAD next Sunday: details as soon as I get them.

23rd March 2019 In amongst other things (garden, kitchen tiling, daughter's kitchen tiling, cat-sitting..) I have improved the histories of the EGO-reg STLS.

4th March 2019 My histories of RTL1200-1299 have been substantially improved. These include most of the green RTLs. Most of them ended up in Yugoslavia, South Africa or Ceylon.

19th February 2019 I have slogged through another hundred RM histories, this time RM1100-1199. Quite an interesting bunch: not many in preservation in this country, but quite a few scattered around the globe and surviving in one form or another.

30th January 2019 More Scania Omni single deckers, withn some pictures of those on the Luton-Dunstable busway. I have had an interesting time (for me) unpicking the history of the MAN / MCV eVolutions that ended up with Arriva the Shires, after originating with Surrey Connect or Excel Stansted. With Gatwick hotel work thrown into the middle of their stories, some of the usual channels for eliciting histories, such as LOTS, have been fragmentary.

16th December 2018 I have started to report on the Bromley Mini Running Day on 16th December. More to follow.

4th December 2018 More OmniCitys - and OmniLinks, this time with Universitybus.

25th November 2018 During the last month, apart from a week walking in the Mosel valley, I have been looking closely at the first quarter of 1948, with updates of all types running then. Latterly I have moved back to recent times (in my random, what interests me way) to a couple of pages about Centrebus' Scanias, including the Striders and the Solars, Esteems and OmniCitys.

Important News: from the end of April 2016 Virgin Media have ceased to support my web-space. So this page, the bibliography and the Country Bus Rallies front pages have moved 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.)

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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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