Latest Update: 17 February
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our monthly newsletter, •The London Bus• (TLB). Items
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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, 38, 55, 59, 68,
91, 168, 171, 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.
The next meeting is on Monday
25 February: Jon Batchelor, Head of Ops CT
Plus,‘A 40-year journey running buses in London and
beyond, ranging from conductor and inspector to general
manager with a few ‘moments’ in between.
Monday 25 March: Alan Osborne, slide show
'Visions of the past'.
Monday 29 April: Peter Batty, Commercial
Director Arriva London, My 40 years in London’s Transport.
Monday 20 May: An Electric Evening: London’s
first generation trams (Eddie Dawes) and British
provincial trolleybuses (John Parkin).
And then Monday
01 July (AGM), 22 July (bus rides), 30 Sept, 21 Oct, 25
Nov, 16 Dec.
The London Bus (TLB)
TLB653 was posted on
Tuesday 22 January. The closing date for reports for
TLB654 was Wednesday 6 February and it is due for
posting on Tuesday 19 February. The closing date for
reports for TLB 655 is Wednesday 6 March.
New and Recent LOTS publications:
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LOTS’ latest publications, available now:
LOTS LBM186 London Bus
Magazine Winter 2018/19: (£5.00) Main
articles are 'An evening adventure using a 'Rover ticket'
and Evolution of the London OMO double decker, Part 2 plus
the usual Around & About and letters features.
London Bus & Tram Fleetbook
LOTS London Bus Review 2017 (Greater
London and Beyond) (£11.00).
From Mike Harris, the latest London bus maps:
Greater London Bus Map No.37, 14th April 2018 -
Greater London Night Bus Map, 14th April 2018 -
From each edition of the series an amount
of the price is donated to a charity. In this case
it is to the Firefighters Association.
TLB Extra - Vehicle news of 1952: (£7.00)
(80 pages illustrated)
TLB Extra - Vehicle news of 1951: (£7.00)
(80 pages illustrated)
TLB Extra – Vehicle news of 1950: (£7.00)
TLB Extra – Vehicle news of 1949: (£7.00)
TLB Extra – Vehicle news of 1948: (£6.50)
Recent titles from other publishers:
Stagecoach Group Fleetbook 2018 (all UK) from
Andrew Woolhouse (£18.00), 204 pages, A5 size with
many colour illustrations .
Eastern National & Thamesway, Part
1 tendered services: 64 pages, many colour pictures, (Alan
Osborne, Essex Enthusiasts Group) (£12.99)
SEC Fleetlist 2018 (Stagecoach
South, B&H, First H&D) slimline 68 pages (£7.50)
Sussex Independents 2018,
(including Compass, Renown, Seaford & District) A5, 58
2018 routes handbook from PHX Publications, three
A5s each £2.00 for Brighton & Hove, First H&D, and
London Transport 2019 bus calendar from Doug
Rose. It includes 12 different drawings
of vehicles from 1910 (B Type) to the present day (LT
type) - one for each month. £12.
Non-members may wish to look at a sample
issue of TLB.
Hopefully this will whet your appetite for joining
Sunday 17 February
1) What is presumed to be the first
BYD/ E400-CityEV for Metroline was inspected at Holloway
last week, although it was not registered nor had any
fleet identity. Otherwise, Holloway is in the
process of gaining spare TEHs for route 271 and soon will
also start to get some new VMHs to work route 43 until the
BYDs arrive in the summer.
2) Since Arriva KT’s 480/490 from Northfleet gained new
‘Sapphire’ StreetLites, the older ones (4263-72) have now
moved to Guildford where they have been re-branded for
routes 34/35 (Guildford – Camberley). In turn six DAF
SB200s have departed for Hertfordshire and four E200s for
Colchester, in all ten cases due to replace older Cadets.
3) New Stagecoach E40D smart-hybrids continue to arrive
with Selkent; initially delivered to Bromley they
are for Catford routes 54 and 75. At CT Plus their
latest nine E400H-City buses (2539-47) are due shortly,
these being for route 20 from 23rd March.
Wednesday 13 February
LBSL intends to enter into new
contracts for the following routes with the operators
128* Arriva London
North Stagecoach East
Euro V diesel double
Euro VI diesel single deck
Euro VI diesel single deck
375 Arriva London
North Arriva London
double deck (details TBC)
627 Arriva London
South Arriva London
Euro IV diesel double deck
* 24 hour route.
All Euro IV and Euro V vehicles will be upgraded to Euro
VI emissions standards.
The above contracts will commence on the following dates:
6th July 2019: Route 375.
5th October 2019: Route 201.
12th October 2019: Route 128.
2nd November 2019: Routes 364, 407 & 627.
Sunday 10 February
1) RATP’s DLE 30332-347 have started to
enter service, having been in store for many
weeks. Tower Transit are expecting just seven
of its 28 StreetDecks batch WH31101-128) in the next week
or two; these will go onto route 25. The Optare
MetroDecker demonstrator OM 1 is now with CT Plus and
should appear on routes 26 and 388.
2) In the recent DfT awards to finance ‘zero emission’
buses, twenty Hydrogen fuel cell single-decks are due
later this year for Metrobus, where they will replace
Volvo B7RLEs on Fastway routes 10 and 20. Also in
the awards TfL will receive 63 electric buses but there is
no indication as to type or routes or whether this
refers to orders previously announced.
Sunday 3 February
1) Trustybus has acquired two Scania
OmniCity single-decks from Cónnexions Buses in North
Yorkshire, once of which (YN04GMV) is in NBC poppy red
with West Yorkshire fleetnames! It
is kind-of appropriate as the NBC was formed 50 years ago
on 1st January 1969.
Tuesday 29 January
1) Arriva’s new StreetLites in the new
Sapphire livery did enter service on the 480/490
from 28th January. The Volvo B7RLEs at Uno are due
at a formal launch on Monday 4th February prior to
entering service on route 653 next week.
Sunday 27 January
1) Optare MetroCity YJ65EOV has
returned from Abellio back to Arriva at Croydon, while the
Yutong E10 electric YG18CVS has moved from Abellio to
Go-Ahead at Camberwell for use on route 360.
2) At Metroline, Three of the last six VPs that were
withdrawn in December were back in service in the
past week, five at Willesden invariably in use on route
460 and VP614 at Harrow Weald. There are still
two VPLs at Holloway. Go-Ahead still has two PVLs running,
284 at Bexleyheath and 296 at Merton. These
are the last Plaxton President bodied buses left in normal
TfL service. (amended item)
3) Fairly soon now a batch of ten new VH class Volvo B5LH/
Wright buses are due with London United at Fulwell. They
will be fitted with speed limiters in accordance with
varying speed limits on routes 65 and 281.
Meanwhile, RATP’s new DLE30332-347 remain to appear in
London, having been stored elsewhere for a month or
so. London United takes over from Courtney Buses the
Bedfont Lakes contract services on Monday 27th using
SP40019-024 that have been repainted all white. (amended
4) The 35 new ADL E40D (smart hybrid) buses due with
Stagecoach at Catford are starting to be
delivered. They will allow older E40Hs 12261-292 to
move to Plumstead to replace Volvo B5LHs 13001-032 that
are being withdrawn. Metroline’s new VMHs
continue to arrive and to gather in store at Willesden
junction Garage pending entry into service on the 113 (EW)
and 134 (PB).
5) At this juncture we have no news as to when the
Universitybus Volvo B7RLEs will start on route 653, nor of
the new StreetLites at Arriva Southern Counties on routes
480/490. Meanwhile, the new Scania - Irizar
coaches did begin around two weeks ago on the Reading-
Sunday 20 January
1) Route 228 duly transferred from
Metroline to Tower Transit on 19th January using new and
used WV-class StreetLites.
Tuesday 15 January
LBSL intends to enter into new
contracts for the following routes with the operators
New Euro VI hybrid double deck
2010 Euro V diesel double deck*
* To be upgraded to Euro VI emissions standards.
The above contracts will commence on 31st August 2019.
Saturday 12 January
1) Around thirty of Metroline’s new VMH
class Volvo B5LH/MCV buses have been delivered and are
being stockpiled at Willesden Junction Garage prior to
most being used temporarily on route 134 until the new
electrics arrive later this year.
2) First Berkshire is taking nine Scania/ Irizar coaches
to re-equip the Reading - Heathrow Rail-Air service. In
Slough Stewarts Coaches are to commence a service between
Slough Station and the Trading Estate from Monday 14th
January, using four Citaros in a green livery.
For earlier reports refer to TLB or join
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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 24 February: Green
Line Running Day at Epping Ongar Railway, North Weald.
This is to feature local routes using (at least) green
RF, RP, SMA, RF, RCL vehicles. The usual 339s run from
Epping Station at xx05 and xx35 from 10:05 while a
special 718 will run at 10:05 from Chingford Station.
All-day rover tickets are £14 adult (buses and trains)
or £10 (buses only) with a special £1 fare for children.
Saturday 16 March: Transport
Collectors Market at Chiswick Town Hall, Turnham Green.
Sunday 24 March: An ‘A&D
MBS RF event’ (40 years since last LT RFs in 1979).
Based at The Heights Car Park, alongside Brooklands
Museum. Free RF services (from 09:45) on former 218/219
from Kingston to Staines (218) or Weybridge (219), also
hourly 215A Kingston & Downside. ‘Country routes
456B, 462, 462B in Staines / Weybridge / Walton / Cobham
area. Timetables available at £8 (incl.P&P) from
Michael Callard, 68 Hitcham Road, Taplow, SL6 0LZ.
Cheques to be made to Amersham & District Motorbus
Saturday 30 March: An
‘RT/RF event’ at Barking (BK) and River Road (RR)
Garages, Commemoration of 40 years since the end of RTs
at Barking and around 30 RTs have apparently been
entered for the event. Free RT services on 62 (Barking
& Chadwell Heath) and 23C (BK Garage &
Creekmouth). BK Garage part opened with display and
sales stands.. Also bus display (mainly RFs) at
Go-Ahead’s River Road (RR) Garage. Bus link between BK
and RR Garages. (LSS at BK). Details
Saturday 6 April: South
East Bus Festival, Detling, Kent (LSS).The main themes
are the 50th anniversary of the formation of the NBC and
also the 80th anniversary of LT’s RT class. Details
Go Ahead London is operating route 36X from Victoria
Station, 0830, via Camberwell (0842), Queens Road
Peckham station (0849) New Cross Garage (0852), Lewisham
Station stop E (0901), Lee Green (0906) and Eltham Road,
Westhorne Avenue stop EE (0910) arriving Detling at
1000. Returning at 1615. Single fare £9, return £10.
Sunday 7 April: Spring
Gathering at London Bus Museum, Brooklands. Theme is end
of RTs/RFs in 1979. (LSS).
Sunday 28 April: East
Grinstead, Country Bus Running Day.
Sunday 12 May: HCVS
London to Brighton commercial vehicle run.
Saturday 18 May: Faversham,
Running Day using mostly ex-East Kent buses.
Sunday 19 May: Whittlesey,
Cambs, Fenland BusFest; this is a large running day with
many guest buses.