Latest Update: 20 August 2017
This page gives up-to-date major news items to supplement
our monthly newsletter, •The London Bus• (TLB). Items
noted here will be incorporated in the next issue of TLB
in greater detail. News updates will usually be weekly, by
Sunday evening, but if major stories arise we will attempt
to announce them sooner. Reports more than a month old and
already reported in TLB are deleted. Reports for the TLB
Editors and communications to Society Officers can be sent
by e-mail to "email@example.com".
TLB covers the operations and vehicles of around 120
companies working local bus services in Greater London and
the Home Counties in the region roughly bounded by the old
London Transport country-bus operating area. Each issue is
typically 40 pages containing references to around 300
routes and 1000 vehicles, together with the business and
political news, the publicity output of the companies,
forthcoming exhibitions and rallies, and much more. To get
the full picture, why not join now? Go to the Membership Page for details.
Forthcoming Conway Hall meetings
Doors open from 6pm.
sales stand from 6.30pm, event begins at
7.30 and is finished by 10pm.
There is no charge. Visitors are welcome,
especially from other societies or if you buy
something or join as a new member. Meetings
are held monthly (except January, July & August)
Conway Hall is located at
Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. Nearest
Underground station: Holborn (Central and
Piccadilly Lines) Buses: 1, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55,
59, 68, 91, 168, 171, 188, 242, 243 & 521
LOTS Meetings and Events
There s no next meeting in August so the next meeting is
on Monday 25 September, then 23 October, 20 November and
The London Bus (TLB)
TLB 636 was posted on
Tuesday 15 August. The closing
date for reports for TLB 637 is Friday 8 September
and it is due for posting on Tuesday 19th
New and Recent LOTS publications:
Also note that on the ‘membership’ page of this
website is a new membership form. When you are due for
renewal you should receive one of these, pr you can print
the one on the website. Note at the bottom of
the form that there is a new way of renewing. It can
be paid directly to our bank account and then you must
send the MemSec an email to let him know you have done it.
SUP-36JJ London’s Major Bus Operators, Fleet Allocations
July 2017, 52 pages (£4.00),
SUP-37CC London’s Buses & Trams Route Working Index
1st July 2017, 40 pages (£3.50).
LOTS LBM180 London Bus Magazine Summer
2017: (£5.00) (available
from, 12th June) Principal features are ‘Three Stormy
Years ‘(1956/7/8) by M.E.Papes about the lead-in to the
Bus Strike; also ‘From north (and west) of Watford Gap by
Tony Wilson, about the 1987-89 period of second-hand
buses, mainly at HD and PB – so plenty of Ailsas!
TLB Extra – Vehicle news of 1948: (£6.50)
(available from 12th June) An
80-page illustrated book covering the vehicle events of LT
in that very busy year! We had previously dealt with
Years 1957 to 1984, many of which are still available (see
Sales List) but we are now commencing a new group of years
covering the period that featured the mass replacement of
pre-war and wartime buses. New information on some
allocations has recently came to light and is included in
London Bus & Tram Fleetbook 2017:
(£6.50) To the usual A6 pocket
size, 128 pages listing 12,800 vehicles, all major
operators in London and Home Counties plus most smaller
bus operators and sightseeing tour companies.
LOTS London Bus Review 2016 (Greater London and
Beyond) (£11.00) The
original London Bus Review, with all the news from last
year in London and the Home Counties, with the routes,
vehicles, events, adverts, politics, fully illustrated,
all in one A4 size book.
Other recent issues from other publishers
The latest London bus maps from Mike
Harris are due to be delivered to us in the coming
week and we can now take orders.
Greater London Bus Map No.36 29th July
2017 - £2.00
Greater London Night Bus Map 29th July
2017 - £4.00
Routemaster Handbook (new 2017 edition)
(Capital Transport), all 1,200
Routemasters worldwide are listed, 144 pages, 156 pictures
London Transport Buses in East London and Essex, 1960s
and 1970s (David Christie, Amberley
Publishing) an A5 picture album, 96 pages
The Green Line Routemasters (Dryhurst & Bowden), an
A5 picture album (£8.00)
Single Deck Bus Garage Allocations 1951-1981 (Country
RF/Merlin/Swift types – (£25.00).
The companion = SD Allocations 1952-1981 (Central
RF/Merlin/Swift types still available – (£25.00).
First Group Fleetbook 2017 (all UK) from
Andrew Woolhouse (£18.00).
The companion = Stagecoach Group Fleetbook 2017 (all
UK) is still available (£18.00).
Orders can be sent to LOTS Postal Sales at Unit N305 Vox
Studios, 1-45 Durham Street, Vauxhall, London
See the Sales Page for full list of sales
Tower Transit has a vacancy for a Schedule Compiler based at
Westbourne Park– see the linked PDF.
Non-members may wish to look at a sample
issue of TLB.
Hopefully this will whet your appetite for joining
Sunday 20 August
1) Delivery continues of Go Ahead
London’s EH 131-161 due to take over on routes 5 and 115
next Saturday 26th. That date will also see the
transfer to Go-Ahead of LT 391-416 from Stagecoach for
route15. Staying in the east,
application of the East London Transit livery to LTs is
well under way.
2) Arriva London North has started to
take delivery of 56 x B5LH/Gemini 3s (batch HV324-379) to
re-equip routes 243 and 341 at Tottenham. Over the next
six weeks or so, DWs so released are due to displace older
buses on routes 194 and 370 and to cover the take-up in
October of routes 103 and 175 from Stagecoach.
3) Next Sunday 27th will see the move
of Arriva’s blue buses from Garston to Hemel Hempstead and
a revision to Hemel’s town services, in due course partly
with new minibuses. Also that date marks the removal
of Regal Busways in Essex from all routes in the “LOTS
area”, services generally being covered by Arriva,
EOS and Community minibuses.
Sunday 13 August
1) At Arriva the Shires Luton, the new
E20Ds (3112-18 and 3129-35) are now in service,
principally on town routes 12 and 27. Also at Luton
the first few of the 13 Mercedes Benz Tourismo coaches for
route 757 (batch 7001-13) have commenced delivery and one
or two are already in service.
2) In London, delivery has begun of Go-Ahead’s 31 x AD
E40H(MMC)s (batch EH131-161) for River Road Garage. These
are for routes 5 and 115 when they are taken over from
Stagecoach on 26th August, the balance of buses for the 5
3) Also from the 26th two more new batches for south
London. First of all, Arriva route 410 should have
received StreetLites SLS 23-30, already being delivered as
part of its allocation, and Abellio is taking 12 x AD
E20D(MMC)s (batch 8185-96) for its take over of
route 130 from Go-Ahead Metrobus.
reports refer to TLB or join LOTS!
These events are provided as a service to
readers, LOTS has no involvement nor responsibility
for any event noted below:
= LOTS Sales Stand booked to attend
These are publicised as a
service to the readership; LOTS has neither any
involvement nor responsibility for any event
noted. We usually confine this listing to events
with an expected London bus interest or within
easy reach of London. Full national event lists
can be found in the April issue each year of
'Buses' magazine and at http://www.classicbuses.co.uk/events.html
‘Buses’ Magazine’s Bus
at Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon,
Friday/Saturday 25/26 August: LT Museum
Discovery Tours at Acton Depot, see www.ltmuseum.co.uk
Saturday 26 August: ‘Imberbus’
with Routemaster services based at Warminster Rail
Saturday 2 September: Old
Oak Common Rail Depot Open Day (LSS)
Saturday 2 / Sunday 3 September: Free
bus tours of The Medway Towns in association with the Medway Model Railway Show and The
Military Modelling Show at the Royal
Engineers Museum. Timetables here.
Sunday 3 September: Horsham
Bus Rally and Running Day, at Hop Oast
Sunday 3 September: Brentford Festival (Blondin Park),
bus display, also RML route 657 x20mins.
Saturday 9 September: NLETE Chingford,
Royal Forest Hotel: Bus Display and local free rides.
Saturday 9 / Sunday 10 Sept: Heritage ‘open
house weekend. Vintage buses operate in the
centres of Oxford (9th only) and both days at
Northampton, Southampton and Coventry.
Sunday 10 September: ‘Green & Red
Rover’ bus services at Epping
Sunday 17 September: Showbus
at Donington Park, Leicestershire.
Sunday 24 September: Amberley (West
Sussex) autumn bus show and a running day at the Chalk Pits Museum.
Sunday 01 October: Running Day at Amersham and
High Wycombe (A&DMBS).
Sunday 8 October: Running Day on route 11
Sun 8 October: Canvey Island Bus Rally at
Labworth Rec. and open day at Castle Point Transport Museum.
Saturday 14 Oct: NLETE Theydon Bois
Transport Bazaar and Bus Display.
Sunday 22 October: London
Bus Museum Brooklands, ‘Transportfest’ featuring
Saturday 4 November: The ‘Aldenham Transport Spectacular’ is
a replacement for LOTS’ ATS, it is organised by Julian
Bowden but LOTS will have sales stands there. It
will be at Allum Hall, just over the bridge from Elstree
& Borehamwood Rail Station. The Station (Thameslink
trains in TfL fare zone 6) is also served by TfL buses
107, 292, Sullivan 306 and Uno 658.
Saturday 18 November: NLETE Enfield
Transport Bazaar at St Paul’s Centre. Enfield.