This page created 1997, updated 16th March 2006.

The Tunnel STLs

Bus Histories

These histories are far from complete, and may contain inaccuracies. They are being compiled from a variety of sources, which do not always agree, as snippets become available. Contributions welcome.

There were 40 tunnel STLs originally, with no spare bodies. It seems that only 39 bodies survived through the war, that from STL1862 being completely destroyed. Two others (STL1851, 1854) had to be sent away for serious repair and were later remounted on other chassis: STL834 and STL2437, whilst the chassis went under other types of spare body.


STL 834  BXD 499  8/35    new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06613407, A171 diesel, pre-selector gearbox
                          Chiswick standard non-roofbox body 15225, 1/9STL5
                  8/35 AL into service (Merton)
                  9/35 H  transfer (Hackney)
                   war    body badly damaged by air attack
                  8/44    fitted with damaged tunnel body 17315, 1/9STL13 
                  9/44    sent to A.W.Watkin, Biggleswade, for repair
                 12/44    returned to LT  with non-opening front windows
                 12/44 C  for tunnel services 108, 82 (Athol St.)
                  1945 C
                  1946 C  used on 108 
                 11/48 C  to rebuild at Mann Egerton, Norwich
                 12/48 C  from rebuild
                  1949 C  used on 108
                  1950 C
                  1951 C  used on 82, 108
                  8/51 C  used on 108A
                  1952 C
                  6/53 C  withdrawn from service, body 17315
                  7/53    sold to W.North (Leeds)

STL1809 DLU 48 3/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614741, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17303, 4/9STL13 3/37 J new into service, (Holloway) 4/37 C transfer for 108 (Athol Street, Poplar) repainted red with cream band 3/51 C used on 108 3/54 C withdrawn from service, still body 17303, 4/9STL13 5/54 sold to W.North (Leeds) 6/54 sold to Lancashire Motor Traders (Salford) 7/54 bought by Bedlington & District Luxury Coaches, Ashington */58 withdrawn STL1814 DLU 188 3/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614746, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17294, 4/9STL13 3/37 J new into service, (Holloway) 4/37 C transfer for 108 (Athol Street) 6/52 C withdrawn from service, still body 17294, 4/9STL13 5/53 w/d from stock STL1818 DLU 189 3/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614750, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17304, 4/9STL13 3/37 J new into service, (Holloway) 4/37 C transfer for 108 (Athol Street) 2/54 C withdrawn from service, still body 17304, 4/9STL13 4/54 sold to W.North (Leeds) by 10/54 bought by Laing: staff transport 8/56 withdrawn */56 sold for scrap: Boque (Hanworth) STL1823 DLU 190 3/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614755, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17305, 4/9STL13 3/37 H new into service (Hackney) 4/37 Q transfer for 82 (Camberwell) 1/38 C transfer for 82, 108 (Athol Street) repainted red with cream upper window surrounds 1950 C used on 56 9/53 C withdrawn from service, still body 17305, 4/9STL13 4/54 sold to W.North (Leeds) STL1825 DLU 191 3/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614757, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17297, 4/9STL13 3/37 J new into service, (Holloway) 4/37 C transfer for 108 (Athol Street) 8/52 withdrawn from service, still body 17297, 4/9STL13 3/53 staff bus 2/54 withdrawn 11/54 sold to Bird's Commercial Motors (Stratford-upon-Avon) STL1827 DLU 206 3/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614759, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17295, 4/9STL13 3/37 J new into service, (Holloway) 4/37 C transfer for 108 (Athol Street) 3/54 C withdrawn from service, still body 17295, 4/9STL13 6/55 sold to W.North (Leeds) STL1828 DLU 207 3/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614760, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17296, 4/9STL13 3/37 J new into service, (Holloway) 4/37 C transfer for 108 (Athol Street) 8/52 C withdrawn from service, still body 17296, 4/9STL13 7/53 sold to W.North (Leeds) STL1830 DLU 196 3/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614762, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17298, 4/9STL13 3/37 J new into service, (Holloway) 4/37 C transfer for 108 (Athol Street) 6/52 C withdrawn from service, still body 17298, 4/9STL13 4/53 sold to W.North (Leeds) 6/53 bought by Rush & Tompkins (Sidcup): staff transport by 7/58 withdrawn STL1835 DLU 189 3/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614767, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17301, 4/9STL13 3/37 J new into service, (Holloway) 4/37 C transfer for 108 (Athol Street) 2/53 C withdrawn from service, still body 17301, 4/9STL13 2/53 CS transfer, trainer (Chiswick) AV transfer, trainer (Hounslow) NB transfer, trainer (Norbiton) 12/53 NB withdrawn 3/54 sold to W.North (Leeds) STL1841 DLU 209 3/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614773, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17302, 4/9STL13 3/37 J new into service, (Holloway) 4/37 C transfer for 108 (Athol Street) repainted red with cream band 8/52 C used on 108A 3/53 C used on 108A 6/53 C withdrawn from service, still body 17302, 4/9STL13 8/53 sold to W.North (Leeds) STL1842 DLU 242 3/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614774, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17319, 4/9STL13 3/37 C new into service on 108 (Athol Street) 2/53 C withdrawn from service, still body 17319, 4/9STL13 2/53 C trainer AV transfer, trainer (Hounslow) NB transfer, trainer (Norbiton) 12/53 sold to W.North (Leeds) 6/54 bought by Premier Travel, Cambridge, #93: allocated to Crishall 9/55 accident damaged: withdrawn 9/55 sold to Phillips (Thornwood) STL1843 DLU 216 3/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614775, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17311, 4/9STL13 3/37 C new into service on 108 (Athol Street) 1/54 C withdrawn from service, still body 17311, 4/9STL13 3/54 sold to W.North (Leeds) STL1844 DLU 213 3/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614776, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17299, 4/9STL13 3/37 H new into service (Hackney) 4/37 Q transfer for 82 (Camberwell) 1/38 C transfer for 82, 108 (Athol Street) 9/53 C withdrawn from service, still body 17299, 4/9STL13 4/54 sold to W.North (Leeds) STL1845 DLU 211 3/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614777, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17306, 4/9STL13 3/37 H new into service (Hackney) 4/37 Q transfer for 82 (Camberwell) 1/38 C transfer for 82, 108 (Athol Street) repainted red with cream band 5/53 C used on 108 1/54 C withdrawn from service, still body 17306, 4/9STL13 3/54 sold to W.North (Leeds) STL1846 DLU 212 3/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614778, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17307, 4/9STL13 3/37 H new into service (Hackney) 4/37 Q transfer for 82 (Camberwell) 1/38 C transfer for 82, 108 (Athol Street) 1/53 C withdrawn from service, still body 17307, 4/9STL13 2/53 sold to W.North (Leeds) 2/53 bought by Valliant Direct Coaches, London W5 7/55 withdrawn 7/55 scrapped STL1848 DLU 218 3/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614780, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17310, 4/9STL13 3/37 H new into service (Hackney) 4/37 Q transfer for 82 (Camberwell) 1/38 C transfer for 82, 108 (Athol Street) 5/53 C withdrawn from service, still body 17310, 4/9STL13 7/53 sold to W.North (Leeds) STL1849 DLU 215 3/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614781, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17300, 4/9STL13 3/37 J new into service, (Holloway) 4/37 C transfer for 108 (Athol Street) 7/52 C withdrawn from service, still body 17300, 4/9STL13 3/53 sold to W.North (Leeds) STL1850 DLU 219 3/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614782, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17309, 4/9STL13 3/37 H new into service (Hackney) 4/37 Q transfer for 82 (Camberwell) 1/38 C transfer for 82, 108 (Athol Street) 11/53 C withdrawn from service, still body 17309, 4/9STL13 12/53 staff bus 1/55 H transfer, trainer (Hackney) 6/55 H withdrawn 1/56 sold to W.North (Leeds) STL1851 DLU 217 3/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614783, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17312, 4/9STL13 3/37 C new into service on 108 (Athol Street) 4/41 C body wrecked in air attack: later rebuilt onto STL 2437 4/41 chassis rebuilt with standard body 17910, 4/9STL12 2/50 C withdrawn from service, body 17910 2/50 sold to Daniels (Rainham) for scrap STL1852 DLU 224 3/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614784, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17316, 4/9STL13 3/37 C new into service on 108 (Athol Street) repainted red with cream band 1951 C used on 108 1954 C used on 108 3/54 C withdrawn from service, still body 17316, 4/9STL13 5/55 sold to W.North (Leeds) STL1853 DLU 225 4/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614785, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17326, 4/9STL13 4/37 C new into service on 108 (Athol Street) repainted red with cream upper window surrounds c1950 C used on 108A 2/53 C withdrawn from service, still body 17326, 4/9STL13 2/54 sold to W.North (Leeds) 2/54 bought by Premier Travel, Cambridge, #90: allocated to Crishall 5/55 Premier Travel 12/57 withdrawn 419CE by 5/58 treecutter (trade plates) 2/60 sold to Galer (Cambridge) for scrap STL1854 DLU 222 3/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614786, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17315, 4/9STL13 3/37 C new into service on 108 (Athol Street) 7/44 C body wrecked in air attack (later rebuilt onto STL 834) 8/44 fitted with non-roofbox body 16331, 4/9STL11 1949 AK used on 118 U (Upton Park) 2/54 U withdrawn from service, body 16331 2/54 U trainer Q transfer, trainer (Camberwell) S transfer, trainer (Shepherds Bush) T transfer, trainer (Leyton) 3/55 T withdrawn 6/55 sold to W.North (Leeds) */55 bought by Beeline Roadways, Hartlepool 9/57 in use by Beeline 2/58 withdrawn 2/58 sold for scrap: Blamires (Bradford) STL1855 DLU 232 3/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614787, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17322, 4/9STL13 4/37 C new into service on 108 (Athol Street) 3/54 C withdrawn from service, still body 17322, 4/9STL13 4/55 sold to W.North (Leeds) STL1856 DLU 222 3/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614788, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17308, 4/9STL13 3/37 C new into service on 108 (Athol Street) 1/54 C withdrawn from service, still body 17308, 4/9STL13 3/54 sold to W.North (Leeds) 9/54 bought by Lovatt: staff transport 12/59 withdrawn STL1857 DLU 227 3/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614789, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17314, 4/9STL13 3/37 C new into service on 108 (Athol Street) 8/53 C withdrawn from service, still body 17314, 4/9STL13 5/54 sold to W.North (Leeds) 6/54 bought by Premier Travel, Cambridge, #92: allocated to Crishall 11/56 withdrawn 3/57 sold for scrap: Phillips (Thornwood) STL1858 DLU 226 4/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614790, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17323, 4/9STL13 4/37 C new into service on 108 (Athol Street) 3/54 C withdrawn from service, still body 17323, 4/9STL13 12/54 sold to W.North (Leeds) 3/55 bought by Asociation Patronal de Jardineras Giaguas #182 GC 9489 exported to Las Palmas, doorway converted 1961 in Las Palmas, Asociation Patronal de Jardineras Giaguas rebodied with local single-decker body B29D STL1860 DLU 228 3/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614792, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17313, 4/9STL13 3/37 C new into service on 108 (Athol Street) 1/54 C withdrawn from service, still body 17313, 4/9STL13 3/54 sold to W.North (Leeds) STL1861 DLU 229 4/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614793, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17327, 4/9STL13 4/37 C new into service on 108 (Athol Street) 9/48 to Mann-Egerton, Norwich, for body rebuild 10/48 return to LT: painted red with cream uppers 1/53 C withdrawn from service, still body 17327, 4/9STL13 2/53 sold to W.North (Leeds) 2/53 bought by Victoria Coaches, Leigh-on-Sea 10/53 bought by Boughton's Service Station (London E2) c8/54 withdrawn STL1862 DLU 223 3/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614794, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17317, 4/9STL13 3/37 C new into service on 108 (Athol Street) 10/40 body destroyed by air attack 10/40 received STL12 body 1/41 bomb-damaged 2/41 fitted with replacement body 15140, 4/9STL5 8/50 withdrawn from service, body 15140, 4/9STL5 8/50 w/d from stock STL1864 DLU 236 4/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614796, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17324, 4/9STL13 4/37 C new into service on 108 (Athol Street) 1/54 C withdrawn from service, still body 17324, 4/9STL13 3/54 sold to W.North (Leeds) STL1865 DLU 230 3/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614797, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17325, 4/9STL13 4/37 C new into service on 108 (Athol Street) 12/53 C withdrawn from service, still body 17325, 4/9STL13 8/51 sold for scrap: Cohen (London NW9) STL1866 DLU 237 4/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614798, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17321, 4/9STL13 4/37 C new into service on 108 (Athol Street) 1937 C on 108 repainted red with cream upper window surrounds 6/51 C 3/54 C withdrawn from service, still body 17321, 4/9STL13 3/54 NS transfer, trainer (North Street, Romford) H transfer, trainer (Hackney) 3/55 H withdrawn 3/55 sold to W.North (Leeds) STL1867 DLU 235 4/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614799, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17320, 4/9STL13 4/37 Q new into service on 82 (Camberwell) c1/43 repainted brown 8/48 to Mann-Egerton, Norwich, for body rebuild 9/48 return to LT: painted red with cream upper window surrounds 1949 C used on 108 1950 C used on 108A 3/54 C withdrawn from service, still body 17320, 4/9STL13 4/54 sold to W.North (Leeds) 5/54 bought by Jolly, Norton 5/59 withdrawn STL1868 DLU 233 4/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614800, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17333, 4/9STL13 4/37 Q new into service on 82 (Camberwell) 1/49 to Mann-Egerton, Norwich, for body rebuild 2/49 return to LT: painted red with cream uppers 3/54 C withdrawn from service, still body 17333, 4/9STL13 3/54 NS transfer, trainer (North Street, Romford) H transfer, trainer (Hackney) 2/55 H withdrawn 4/55 sold to W.North (Leeds) STL1871 DLU 240 4/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614803, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17331, 4/9STL13 4/37 C new into service on 108 (Athol Street) 10/48 to Mann-Egerton, Norwich, for body rebuild 11/48 return to LT: painted red with cream uppers repainted red, cream band 3/53 C used on 108 1/54 C withdrawn from service, still body 17331, 4/9STL13 4/54 sold to W.North (Leeds) 5/54 bought by Mulleys Motorways #40, Ixworth 11/61 w/d from service bought for preservation: Bell, Wendover repainted red, white, black, silver 5/65 on HCVS Brighton run */67 sold to Basildon Salvage Co: scrapped STL1872 DLU 238 4/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614804, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17330, 4/9STL13 4/37 C new into service on 108 (Athol Street) 12/48 to Mann-Egerton, Norwich, for body rebuild 12/48 return to LT: painted red with cream upper window surrounds 1953 C used on 108 to Bromley by Bow 1/54 C withdrawn from service, still body 17330, 4/9STL13 2/54 sold to W.North (Leeds) 3/54 bought by Gregsons Motors Ltd, Skelmersdale 3/56 withdrawn STL1874 DLU 241 4/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614806, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17332, 4/9STL13 4/37 C new into service on 108 (Athol Street) 12/48 to Mann-Egerton, Norwich, for body rebuild 1/49 return to LT: painted red with cream uppers 3/54 C withdrawn from service, still body 17332, 4/9STL13 3/54 HW transfer, trainer (Southall) AC transfer, trainer (Willesden) 3/55 AC withdrawn 4/55 sold to W.North (Leeds) STL1875 DLU 234 3/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614807, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17318, 4/9STL13 3/37 C new into service on 108 (Athol Street) repainted red with cream band C used on 108 3/54 C withdrawn from service, still body 17318, 4/9STL13 2/55 sold to W.North (Leeds) STL1876 DLU 243 4/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614808, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17329, 4/9STL13 4/37 C new into service on 108 (Athol Street) C used on 108 2/54 C withdrawn from service, still body 17329, 4/9STL13 2/54 CL transfer, trainer (Clay Hall) BK transfer, trainer (Barking) 7/55 sold to W.North (Leeds) STL1884 DLU 244 4/37 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06614816, A171 diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick tunnel body 17328, 4/9STL13 4/37 C new into service on 108 (Athol Street) 12/48 to Mann-Egerton, Norwich, for body rebuild 1/49 return to LT: painted red with cream uppers C used on 108 8/53 C withdrawn from service, still body 17328, 4/9STL13 4/54 WL turnover practice bus (Walworth) 6/54 WL withdrawn 11/54 sold to W.North (Leeds)
STL 2437 ELP 108 1/38 new to LPTB: AEC Regent 06615864, diesel, pre-selector D132 gearbox Chiswick roofbox body 17869, 4/9STL12 1/38 U into service (Upton Park) 8/41 received rebuilt tunnel body 17312 ex STL 1851 C transfer for 108, 82 (Athol Street) 8/53 C withdrawn from service, body 17312, 4/9STL13 12/53 w/d from stock

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