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Prepared in Notepad by Ian Smith, updated 1st February 2016.
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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 UMP227 at Crystal Palace.
Special Report: Bromley, 13th December 2015
Special Reports Archive Chesham Broadway, 1st, 2nd August 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 Darts Falcons 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 UMP227 at Crystal Palace for the 227, 13th December 2015. Photo: Ian Smith.

What's New:

1st February 2016 ..and then there were the Excels that came to EOS in November 2014.

I have also retrieved a couple of RT1702 pictures from my phone, for the end of the Bromley Running Day.

30th January 2016 While plugging away at this years updates (not up yet), I became aware that I had missed the Universitybus Cadets. So by way of quick diversion from the main job I have popped up a page.

15th January 2016 I have been away from home again for the last week. Got back last night. Here is part three of the Bromley day.

5th January 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I hope you have enjoyed Christmas and the New Year. It has been a busy time for me, with the family, so I have only now got back to the computer.

The first part of the Bromley report is now up, with more to follow.

22nd December 2015 I enjoyed the Bromley Running Day on 13th December, but as yet have not had time to write the report. This is something to look forward to in the New Year, as I am going to be very busy during the next couple of weeks on other things.

I have done more upgrades on the 9.0m Darts - the non-London Buses ones (see below), and have been working on the Duple/Carlyle bodied Darts, upgrading those pages. But these too are not yet ready. More anticipation.

22nd November 2015 Spurred on by disposal updates received from Peter Terry I have revised the text and history of London Buses' LS and GLS Nationals, with more drawings and photos. This has included an internet search. With over 500 buses, this produced several thousand internet hits to be followed up. Almost every bus has its picture on the net at least once. Fascinating, but time consuming. Enjoy!

8th October 2015 As a break from updating the DRLs and equivalents (which is ongoing) I have prepared a short page on the London & Country Dennis Falcons.

17th September 2015 Several folk have e-mailed me with data during the summer, in particular Pete Terry with a mass of data about subsequent histories of step-entrance Darts. I have been thinking for some time that some of my pages need updating, and this has spurred me to make a start. First up are the DR Dart histories.

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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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