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. Each issue of TLB 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.
If you need to contact us with anything to do with
membership, subscriptions to TLB or LBM and queries over
postal sales, email to firstname.lastname@example.org
and it will be passed to the correct person. Reports for
TLB/LBM or queries to other society officers can go via
the TLB Editor email@example.com and it will
passed to the correct person.
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, 38, 55, 59, 68,
91, 168, 188, 243 & 521 stop nearby.
LOTS Meetings and Events
Society Meetings: At Conway Hall, Red
Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1. 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.
Monday 21 October: Bob Palmer - Pure Nostalgia
Part 5. Monday 25 November: John Parkin - first half on
London's buses sold for further service including RT, RM,
DMS and T classes. Second half British Provincial
trolleybuses. Monday 16 December: - to be advised
The London Bus (TLB)
TLB662 was posted on
Tuesday 15 October. The closing date for reports for
TLB 663 is 6 November and it is due for posting on
Tuesday 19 November.
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, or you can print
the one on the website. Note that 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.
Please address your orders to LOTS Postal Sales, Unit G16
Lombard Business Park. 8 Lombard Road, Wimbledon, London
SW19 3TZ. Make sure that the 'Postal Sales' name is
included prominently, so we can give the order the best
attention. An updated Sales List was included with TLB636.
You can use this list to order, or a letter is perfectly
acceptable, and so is the Sales List printed off from our
website. In each case, please don’t staple cheques
to the form – they really won’t get lost by us but might
be when the banks try to process them electronically!
LOTS’ latest publications, available now:
LOTS LBM189 London Bus Magazine
Autumn 2019: (£5.00) **NEW** Main articles are “Over the
Bridges” by Barry Turner, “Country routes 350/350A” by
Richard Moseling and “All change in central London” (a
photographic snapshot of the 15th June change).
LOTS SUP-39A: (£4.50)
**NEW** This 56-page booklet encompasses the TfL
operators’ fleet and garage allocations from SUP36 and a
simplified PVR table from SUP37. Some features are
dropped from 36 (eg. Fleets of non-TfL operators – see
Fleetbook and occasional features in TLB) while items like
LSP operations from 37 are dropped. The PVR tables are now
in route order. It also removes much of the duplication of
vehicle type codes, garage codes, and which bit of each
group runs what.
LOTS SUP-24I: (£4.50)
**NEW** The latest LT Service Vehicles Current
LOTS TLB Extra – Vehicle news of
1954: (£7.00) (64-pages illustrated).
LOTS Bus & Tram Fleetbook 2019 (£7.00): Now
enhanced with summaries of more operators that cannot fit
in the main text and a return of London Dial-a-Ride but
still pocket-sized A6. It includes no fewer than
12,418 vehicles and is now available on sales stand and
from Postal Sales.
LOTS Review 2018 (£12.00), the
definitive account of last year, vehicles, routes and the
politics of London and also record of changes in the
country areas of the Home Counties.
TLB Extra – Vehicle news of 1953: (£7.00)
From Mike Harris, the latest London bus maps:
Greater London Bus Map for 15 June 2019 (2)
and a Night Bus Map for 15th June 2019 (£4)
From each edition of the series an amount of the price is
donated to a charity. In this case it is to the
Also, in the Historical series -
The 1976 Greater London Bus Map, 10th April 1976 -
The 1952 Greater London Bus Map, 6th July 1952 (Second
Edition) - £4.00
TLB Extra – Vehicle news of
1948 to the 1980s: (£6.50/£7 each
year) (80-pages illustrated)
Stagecoach has a vacancy for a Commercial Planner. Details
Closing date 26 October 8am.
Non-members may wish to look at a sample
issue of TLB.
Hopefully this will whet your appetite for joining
Saturday 19 October
1) The first 69-plate buses to go into service in our
area did so in the past week: CTPlus’ two E40Hs
(2548/49) on routes 26 and 388 plus Reading Transport
(Courtney) – three E20Ds for route 5 in Slough. The
latter are in the new ‘Thames Valley’ dark blue
colours that are being adopted for Courtney in that
2) On Thursday 17th the first of the new
Metroline DEMs went into service on route 393 as did the
first couple of LTs on route 19, these having been
released from the loss of route 48 from the 12th.
Further to last week’s notes,
Metroline’s BYD1471-75 were withdrawn as the
TfL-sponsored trial has now ended.
Some of the ten MAN-TGE minibuses due for
the ‘Demand Responsive’ trial in Ealing have started to
arrive with RATP – who will operate them from Fulwell
The Yutong E10 electric demo
bus YG18CVS is back in London again, this time
with RATP at Shepherd’s Bush.
Saturday 12 October
1) On 11th
deal in principlewas
struck for the Wrightbus operation between Jo Bamford
of company Ryse Hydrogen and family member Jeff
Wright. The deal includes the factory with its
fixtures and fittings and the associated land.
The deal remains to be ratified.
2) New bus
deliveries to London remain sparse with no more
Metroline BDEs or OMEs in recent weeks. However
the last of Go-Ahead’s BYD/ADL E200EVs (SEe 77) has now
arrived for route 214 but the next batch (SEe 99-109)
for route 100 remains outstanding, awaiting
certification. More E20Ds due in the next
few weeks are Metroline DEM 2681-2696 (for route 393),
Go-Ahead SE 304-319 (for route 364) and Arriva ENN 55-71
(for route 192) as well as CT Plus’ two E400H-Citys
2548/49 for the extra frequency on route 26.
Metroline’s five early production BYD electric
double-decks at Willesden (BYD 1471-75) were summarily
withdrawn from service on 4th October, although the
reason has not been announced.
(LSS) = 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. Many events have
admission fees, I have included them where they have
advised, you should check with organisers or websites
before attending if costs worry you. 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
Our website is regularly updated with other events.
Sunday 20 October: 'Transportfest' at London
Bus Museum, Brooklands. Connecting route 462A
Saturday 2 November: ATS at Borehamwood (LSS)
Saturday 16 November: NLETE Transport Bazaar at
St Paul's Centre, 102 Church Street, Enfield, open
11:00-14:30 admission £3 (accompanied children free)