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Prepared in Notepad by Ian Smith, updated 6th September 2018.
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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: Sevenoaks Running Day, 13th May 2018 STL2377.
Special Reports Archive East Grinstead Running Day, 22nd April 2018
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
1990-10s: Dart SLFs Optare Excels Scania SLFs MAN
2000-10s: Lance SLFs Cadets Tridents Presidents Omnis
Links to other L.T. sites The sources used About the bus-stop
COUNTRY BUS RALLIES GS62 Garages STL2377 at Cobham Museum Open Day, April 2002. Photo: Ian Smith.

What's New:

6th September 2018 I have grasped the nettle and filled in the roofbox STL histories a bit - the odd registrations and the CXX, DYL and DGX regs have seen some attention. Still a long way to go here, as the wartime period doesn't have much to offer me. I presume the records are out there, but I live a long way from Kew and life is short! The EGO buses will have to wait a little longer, as I have gone pie-eyed working on the others..

28th August 2018 Carousel Buses also had MAN buses, in variety, with bodies such as MCV Sirling, MCV eVolution and AD E200.

Another user, if briefly, was Roadrunner at Harlow, with Myllenium bodies.

20th August 2018 More MAN buses: Metroline MCV Evolutions (including Sullivan Buses), and Countryliner (including Sunray Travel and Buses Excetera).

7th August 2018 Now the Trustybus OmniCitys and OmniTowns.

1st August 2018 I have had a major side-track into Scania single-decks, which although modern have some interesting character.

So far there are the Metrobus OmniTowns, the DTS/ETB/Go-Ahead OmniTowns, and the Metrobus OmniCitys.

27th May 2018

Another of those oddity pages. This time it is the Metrobus MAN single-deckers.

17th May 2018

The first page of the Sevenoaks Running Day report, 13th May 2018 is up. More pages to follow.

27th April 2018

The first page of the East Grinstead Running Day report, 22nd April 2018 is up. More pages to follow during the next couple of weeks. Please be patient!

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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