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Prepared in Notepad by Ian Smith, updated 21st December 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 RM1794 on 94, Bromley, 7th Decemmber 2014.
Special Report: Bromley Mini Running Day, 7th December 2014
Special Reports Archive Ensignbus Running Day, 6th December 2014
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
1990-00s: Leyland Olympians Volvo Olympians DAF d/d DAF s/d
1990-00s: Lances Arrows Dennis Dart Volvo B6 MV MM
1990-10s: Dart SLFs Optare Excels Scania SLFs Volvo B10s
Links to other L.T. sites The sources used About the bus-stop
COUNTRY BUS RALLIES GS62 Garages RM1397 on 94, Bromley, 7th Decemmber 2014. Photo: Ian Smith.

What's New:

HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

Bromley Running Day on the 7th was excellent. A report is going up (you may have to wait a while for it to get finished!.

15 December 2014. I enjoyed the Ensignbus Running Day on 6th December, and am putting up a report (in bits, as usual).

23rd November 2014. As a change, I have filled in a gap at the end of the pre-low-floor double-decker story with a few pages on Dennis Arrows, that were used by Capital Citybus (then First Capital), London & Country, and London Traveller.

5th November 2014. RTL600-699 histories.

22nd October 2014. My computer died suddenly at the beginning of the month. I bought a new one, which got heavily virussed before I could get the protection installed (Cost me more than the computer to get it fixed!) Worse, I dropped my main backup drive in the changes, and ruined it. Fortunately I managed to retrieve my old data files from my previous hard drive. But I have lost much of my old e-mail data. I'm not the best correspondent anyway, so if you were expecting an overdue reply, sorry, you won't get it. I also lost my email address book.

Nevertheless, after some perturbations I am now back in action, even if slowing down with advancing age (like too masny of us in the bus preservation scene). Not much new to show, as I have been slugging away at RTL500-599 histories and RM histories. But some photos have appeared on sundry history pages, and I have done a quicky on the TfL exhibition Excel for the Year of the Bus.

18th September 2014. I have been experiencing difficulties with uploading to my pages on freespace.virgin.net, so will gradually be moving pages there onto the countrybus site. So don't be surprised if you get redirected.

12th September 2014. By way of a change from RTLs I have been having a go at the histories of RM300-399. Some amendments and additions have been made to earlier RM histories, for RM1-99, RM100-199 and RM200-299 also.

RTL300-399 and RTL400-499 are also up, I think.

To stop my brain going totally numb with all this number-crunching I have prepared a page on the Sovereign Volvo single deckers. One on Arriva The Shires' similar buses is on the way.

30th July 2014. The mini-Running Day for Fort Halstead Works Journeys was excellent, even if some journeys had to be curtailed or abandoned because of low-hanging trees. I have started a report, with more to follow.

25th July 2014. I went to see the line-up of Routemasters at Finsbury Park on 13th July, and am in process of putting up a gallery of photos of the assembled multitude.

26th June 2014. No, I haven't died. I have been away for a bit over a week, walking in Germany. I have also been rather busy on other things. So the report on the Route Recreation Day at Hertford, and the following Running Day has been delayed. The first page on the Route Recreation Day on the 372/381A is now up. More will follow as I find time/inclination.

27th May 2014. I have started the report on the Sevenoaks Running Day, 18th May 2014. As usual more will follow as I write it.

21st May 2014. By way of a change from RTL histories, I have made a couple of pages on the Dart SLFs of Red Rose, Red Line and Red Eagle.

21st April 2014. 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. Return to Contents list.

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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