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Prepared in Notepad by Ian Smith, updated 13th February 2020.
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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: Sevenoaks Running Day, 19th May 2019 K424 leaves Brooklands.
Special Reports Archive East Grinstead Running Day, 28th April 2019
LONDON BUS CLASSES:
1920-30s: K LB S PS O ADC NS LS
1920-30s: 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 K424 leaves the London Bus Museum at Brooklands in October 2011.

What's New:

13th February 2020

Having enjoyed researching the K class, I looked at the contemporary buses used by the Independent London bus companies during the 1920s, in particular the Leyland LB types and the Dennis 4-tonner. Information is sparse! I do not have a copy of "London Buses" by Lunn & Blacker I believe, and Kew is a long way away! (Aah, I have located one for sale on the internet! It has its uses) But I have cobbled together someting on the various LB types. The Dennis pages are in progress, but this takes a LOT of time. More modern types, such as the RTLs and RMs, whose histories are incomplete but on which a plethora of data is available for those with the patience to find it, will have to wait a little. Not long... (unless I start Bean-counting).

7th January 2020 And now for something completely different. For my Christmas holiday project I have delved into the mysteries of the General's K-class, helped no end by George Robbins' book "General buses of the Twenties", and Ken Glaziers' book "Battles of the General". Not many records from pre-Chiswick days, but its a start. Mistakes, as usual are probably mine.

22nd December 2019I have slogged through the histories of RM1200-1299 (including RMF1254). Although still incomplete, they are much improved.

16th November 2019 I have improved the postwar TF histories, and the Regal T pages. This has taken a while, as there is a lot of it!

24th September 2019 During the summer I have been looking at the years 1948-53, when a major upheaval was taking place with LT. The 1930s buses were being retired, and replaced with new ones, with utilities as a stop-gap. Fascinating times. I have had a fairly thorough look at the Cubs, the CRs and the LTCs. More to follow.

27th July 2019

It has taken a bit more than a month, but I have improved the histories of RM1700-1799. I know this is out of the sequence I have followed for the past few years, but comes as a special request. I must find something different to do for a while, until my brain clears!

17th June 2019 East Surrey and National had the PS type, the "Provincial" S-type.

12th June 2019 Something different: the last throw of the old straight chassis London buses: the General's S-class, both double and single-decker, red and green.

1st June 2019 Now the report on the Sevenoaks Running Day, 19th May 2019. More to follow.

1st May 2019 I have started the report on the East Grinstead Running Day, 28th April 2019. More to follow.

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.

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.

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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