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Prepared in Notepad by Ian Smith, updated 30th March 2017.
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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 Running Day, 11th December 2016 Trident 18495 on 269 at Bromley Town Hall, 28 February 2017.
Special Reports Archive Hitchin, Stevenage & Hertford Running Days, 4th, 5th June 2016
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 MM
1990-10s: Dart SLFs Optare Excels Scania SLFs
2000-10s: Lance SLFs Cadets Tridents
Links to other L.T. sites The sources used About the bus-stop
COUNTRY BUS RALLIES GS62 Garages Stagecoach Trident 18495 still at work on the 269 in Bromley, 28th February 2017. Photo: Ian Smith.

What's New:

30th March 2017 The 2016 updates are taking very much longer this year, partly from having to check every page for the correct "return to Ian's bus stop" URL, partly from adding lots more pictures to histories. So, a long way to go yet.

I have done several infills, or made some pages presentable: so there are more Cadet operators, plus pages on RB and RW midibuses (shudder).

HAPPY EASTER

14th January 2017 For Christmas relaxation I put together a page on Maudslays used by London Transport: the ex Bucks Express Green Lines, the ex-GWR coaches and buses, and the unique double-decker acquired from Gordon: MY1.

I have also started pages on the DAF Ikarus buses used in the London area. The text page is still missing its drawings, and I have no photos, and the histories have gaps, reflecting missing years of data. But here it is, while I get on with the 2016 updates.

16th December 2016 I have started a report on the Bromley Running Day, 11th December 2016. More to follow.

9th December 2016 Here it is. Not finished yet. I have 2016 data to add, and the internet searches are patchy, but here it is in its unvarnished state. What is it? Oh, its a look at Stagecoach London TRIDENTS: the TA and TAS classes.

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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