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Prepared in Notepad by Ian Smith, updated 6th May 2024.
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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 Reports Archive Centrebus 275 on 10 at Stevenage Bus Station, June 2013
LONDON BUS CLASSES:
1920-30s: TTA1 TS3A G K LB D DS S PS O ADC
1920-30s: NS LS R AJS CH DE DM LN WLV NY BN
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 XL Scania SLFs MAN Solo
2000-10s: Lance SLFs Cadets DLA DLP Tridents Presidents Omnis
Links to other L.T. sites The sources used About the bus-stop
GREEN ROVERS Central Garages Country Garages "Centrebus 275 on 10 at Stevenage Bus Station, June 2013."

What's New:

4th June 2024 I have started on the mammoth task of making my pages accessible to those who don't use Firefox as a browser. (I gather that Chrome users have been unable to access my pages). This will take some time. If you have managed to access this page you will have noticed that it is now "www.countrybus.org/index.shtml". During this incredibly long and boring process there will be rather less new content, although I will continue to write pages about Optare Solos.

16th May 2024 Go-Coach Solos

5th May 2024 It has been pointed out to me that your having selected VPN protection will mean that you cannot get my pages - like this. Turning VPN off while you try to visit me should help. If you are worried about security, note that I ask for no information from you and do not plant cookies. If you know of people having difficulty, please pass this on.

uno Solos

21st April 2024 Hackney Community Transport or CTPlus, operated three routes in north-east London with three different lengths, door arrangements and engine powers. They were taken over by Stagecoach in August 2024, and most were still operational as I write.

14th April 2024

It has taken me about a month to wade through the Centrebus Solos of Stevenage, Harlow, Dunstable and Luton. Being much outwith the GLC area, information has largely had to come from internet searches - and buses were interchanged frequently with Centrebus in other parts of the country.

28th March 2024

More Solos: Regal Transport, Mullany's.

10th March 2024 Green Rovers 2024 dates.

More Solos: Docklands Minibuses, Nostalgiabus/Northdown, F.E.Thorpe and Metroline, Mullany's,

22nd February 2024 More Solos: Crystals, T-GM (Dartford) and Metrobus, Mitcham Belle & Centra, Travel London, Limebourne, Connex, Travel London/Surrey, abellio surrey, First Essex, First London, First Berkshire, First Capital.

24th January 2024 My Christmas task this year was to make a start on Optare Solos, a fascinating bus that I had rarely seen and only once travelled on (from Hertford North Station to the Bus Station). I started with Arriva the Shires, where I had most of my encounters, and found that I had bitten off a great mouthful to chew on - especially as I included Milton Keynes. What with Arriva's corporate writhings the history was complicated and diverse - little consistent policy here, but fascinating! But here it is: Epsom is ready too: other companies to follow.

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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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