The LONDON TRANSPORT B class

This page created 12th March 1999, updated 23rd January 2005.

Bus Histories:

These histories are not complete. They are being patched together as I gather information from a variety of sources. The most fruitful is "Londons utility Buses" by Ken Blacker, which I thoroughly recommend. Other sources are given in the bibliography.

1B1: Bristol K5G chassis, Gardner 5LW engine, 12 volt electrics. Modified in 1948 to:
1/1B1/1: Bristol K6A chassis, s/h AEC 7.7 litre engine from STL, 24V electrics.
 
B 1  FXT 419  5/42 HW  into service on 97
              3/45 HW  to Chiswick overhaul (pilot)
              5/45 HW  from overhaul
              1948     overhaul, modified to AEC engine, 24 Volt electrics,
                       bulkhead ventilator removed
            c10/51 HW  withdrawn from service
              2/53     bought by Crosville, #MB160
                       worked with Park Royal body for a while,
                       then rebodied with s/h Strachans lowbridge utility body
             c1955     refitted with s/h post-war ECW body

B 2  FXT 420  5/42 HW  into service on 97
              1945     Chiswick overhaul
              1948     overhaul, modified to AEC engine, 24 Volt electrics,
                       bulkhead ventilator removed
              1952 HW  withdrawn from service
              2/53     bought by Crosville, #MB161
                       rebodied with s/h Strachans lowbridge utility body
             c1955     refitted with s/h post-war ECW body

B 3  FXT 421  5/42 HW  into service on 97
              1945     Chiswick overhaul
              5/49 HW  withdrawn for rebuild:
              1949     overhaul, modified to AEC engine, 24 Volt electrics
              1952 HW  withdrawn from service
              2/53     bought by Crosville, #MB162
                       rebodied with s/h Strachans lowbridge utility body
             c1955     refitted with s/h post-war ECW body

B 4  FXT 422  5/42 HW  into service on 97
              43-4 HW
              1945 HW  from Chiswick overhaul
              46-7 HW
              1948     overhaul, modified to AEC engine, 24 Volt electrics,
                       bulkhead ventilator removed
             49-51 HW
              1952 HW  withdrawn from service
              2/53     bought by Crosville, #MB163
              1953     rebodied with s/h Strachans lowbridge utility body
              2/56     refitted with s/h post-war ECW body, #MB163
              5/58     renumbered #DKA163

B 5  FXT 423  5/42 HW  into service on 97
              1945     Chiswick overhaul
              1948     overhaul, modified to AEC engine, 24 Volt electrics,
                       bulkhead ventilator removed
              2/53 HW  withdrawn from service
              2/53     bought by Crosville, #MB164 (not used)
              3/53     diverted to United for Hartlepool Borough Council
              5/53     overhauled by United at Darlington
                       operated by Bee-Line for Hartlepool, #H4
              4/56     withdrawn

B 6  FXT 424  5/42 HW  into service on 97
              1945     Chiswick overhaul
              1949     overhaul, modified to AEC engine, 24 Volt electrics
              1952 HW  withdrawn from service
              2/53     bought by Crosville, #MB165
                       rebodied with s/h Strachans lowbridge utility body
             c1955     refitted with s/h post-war ECW body

B 7  FXT 425  5/42 HW  into service on 97
              1945     Chiswick overhaul
              1949     overhaul, modified to AEC engine, 24 Volt electrics
             11/51 HW  withdrawn from service
             12/51 HW  trainer
             12/52     into store
              2/53     bought by Crosville, #MB166
                       rebodied with s/h Strachans lowbridge utility body
             c1955     refitted with s/h post-war ECW body

B 8  FXT 426  5/42 HW  into service on 97
              1945     Chiswick overhaul
              1949     overhaul, modified to AEC engine, 24 Volt electrics,
                       bulkhead ventilator removed
              6/51 HW  withdrawn from service
             12/52     transfered to Crosville
              2/53     bought by Crosville, #MB167
                       rebodied with s/h Strachans lowbridge utility body
             c1955     refitted with s/h post-war ECW body

B 9  FXT 427  5/42 HW  into service on 97
              1945     Chiswick overhaul
              8/49     overhaul, modified to AEC engine, 24 Volt electrics,
                       bulkhead ventilator removed
              6/51 HW  withdrawn from service
             12/52     transfered to Crosville
              2/53     bought by Crosville, #MB168
                       worked with Park Royal body for a while,
                       then rebodied with s/h Strachans lowbridge utility body
             c1955     refitted with s/h 1949 ECW body
              8/60     in service in Chester, #DKA168
                       bought by Atomic Power Construction, Trawsfynnydd
              1961     with APC

2B2: Bristol K6A chassis, AEC 7.7 litre engine, Duple relaxed utility body B10 HGC 235 10/45 chassis to Chiswick for inspection, then to Duple 1/46 HW into service on 92, 97 1949 overhaul 9/51 HW withdrawn from service 1/53 sold to Lincolnshire, #979 1953 renumbered #2106 c1960 withdrawn B11 HGC 236 11/45 new from Duple 12/45 HW into service on 92, 97 1949 overhaul 4/53 HW withdrawn 4/53 sold to Lincolnshire, #993 1953 renumbered #2107 c1960 withdrawn B12 HGC 237 1/46 HW into service on 92, 97 1949 overhaul 5/53 HW withdrawn from stock 5/53 bought by Crosville, #MB193 12/54 refitted with Duple body from B16 B13 HGC 238 12/45 HW into service on 92, 97 1949 overhaul 5/53 HW withdrawn, sold to Lincolnshire 5/53 diverted to United for Hartlepool Borough Council overhauled by United at Darlington operated by Bee-Line for Hartlepool, #H1 1956 bought by Bee-Line 1957 bought by Curry (Fencehouses) for contract work B14 HGC 239 1/46 HW into service on 92, 97 1949 overhaul 4/53 HW withdrawn from service 5/53 sold to Lincolnshire diverted to United for Hartlepool Borough Council overhauled by United at Darlington operated by Bee-Line for Hartlepool, #H3 1955 in service 4/56 withdrawn, sold B15 HGC 240 1/46 HW into service on 92, 97 1949 overhaul 2/53 HW withdrawn from stock 2/53 sold to Lincolnshire Road Car, #983 11/53 renumbered #2108 11/60 withdrawn, converted to tree-lopper #9 1961 treelopper 12/72 withdrawn B16 HGC 241 1/46 HW into service on 92, 97 1949 overhaul 5/53 HW withdrawn from stock 5/53 bought by Crosville, #MB169 2/54 refitted with s/h post-war ECW body B17 HGC 242 1/46 HW into service on 92, 97 1949 overhaul 4/53 HW withdrawn from service 5/53 HW withdrawn from stock 5/53 bought by Crosville, #MB170 c1955 refitted with s/h post-war ECW body B18 HGC 243 1/46 HW into service on 92, 97 1949 overhaul 4/53 HW withdrawn from service 5/53 sold to Brighton, Hove & District, #5997 c12/54 body scrapped c4/55 rebodied by ECW. 1/57 in service 8/65 withdrawn, sold for further service B19 HGC 244 1/46 HW into service on 92, 97 1949 overhaul 4/53 HW withdrawn from service 5/53 sold to Brighton, Hove & District, #5998 c12/54 body scrapped 11/54 rebodied by ECW. 4/60 renumbered #998 1965 withdrawn, sold for further service B20 HGC 245 1/46 HW into service on 92, 97 1949 overhaul 1/53 HW withdrawn 1/53 sold to Lincolnshire, #980 1953 renumbered #2109 c1960 withdrawn B21 HGC 246 1/46 HW into service on 92, 97 1949 overhaul 4/53 HW withdrawn 4/53 sold to Lincolnshire, #994 1953 renumbered #2110 c1960 withdrawn B22 HGC 247 1/46 HW into service on 92, 97 1949 overhaul 2/53 HW withdrawn 2/53 sold to Brighton, Hove & District, #5996 c12/54 body scrapped 3/55 rebodied by ECW. 1965 withdrawn 7/66 sold for scrap B23 HGC 248 1/46 HW into service on 92, 97 1949 overhaul 5/53 HW withdrawn 5/53 bought by Crosville, #MB194 11/54 refitted with s/h post-war ECW body 10/65 scrapped B24 HGC 249 1/46 HW into service on 92, 97 1949 overhaul 5/53 HW withdrawn from stock 5/53 bought by Crosville, #MB195 c1955 refitted with s/h post-war ECW body B25 HGC 250 1/46 HW into service on 92, 97 1949 overhaul 1/53 HW withdrawn from stock 1/53 sold to Lincolnshire, #981 1953 renumbered #2111 c1960 withdrawn B26 HGC 251 1/46 HW into service on 92, 97 1949 overhaul 1/53 sold to Lincolnshire, #982 1953 renumbered #2112 c1960 withdrawn B27 HGC 252 1/46 HW into service on 92, 97 1949 overhaul 5/53 HW withdrawn from stock 5/53 bought by Crosville, #MB196 c1955 refitted with s/h post-war ECW body B28 HGC 253 1/46 HW into service on 92, 97 1949 overhaul 3/53 HW withdrawn from stock 3/53 diverted to United for Hartlepool Borough Council overhauled by United at Darlington operated by Bee-Line for Hartlepool. 1956 bought by Bee-Line 1957 bought by Rogers (Redcar) for contract work B29 HGC 254 1/46 HW into service on 92, 97 1946 HW used on 92 1949 overhaul 4/53 HW withdrawn from service 2/53 sold to Brighton, Hove & District, #5999 1954 in service, Duple body 12/54 body scrapped c4/55 rebodied by ECW. 1965 withdrawn, sold for further service

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