Latest Update: 16 December 2018
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
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vehicles, together with the business and political news,
the publicity output of the companies, forthcoming
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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, 25, 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 17 December: Jeff
Tucker, ‘London and the Home Counties in the 1970s’.
There is no meeting in January.
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
Monday 25 March: Alan Osborne, slide show.
Monday 29 April: Peter Batty, Commercial
Director Arriva London, My 40 years in London’s Transport.
Monday 20 May: Should be a focus on UK trams and
trolleybuses. Details to come.
And then Monday
01July (AGM), 22 July (bus rides), 30 Sept, 21 Oct, 25
Nov, 16 Dec.
The London Bus (TLB)
TLB651 was posted on
Tuesday 13 November. The closing date for reports
for TLB 652 was Wednesday 28 November and it is due
for posting on Tuesday 11 December. The closing date
for reports for TLB 653 is Wednesday 9 January 2019.
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 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 16 December
There are no significant news events to
report this week.
Sunday 9 December
1) The 8th December changes in London
went ahead as planned with the 79 and 292 swapping
operators, 79 gaining SP-class Scanias. At
Go-Ahead the 51 is being worked as intended by E400s and
WVLs from Orpington, E400s and WVLs from New Cross
on the 178, E400s from MG on the 291 and E400s from RR on
the 104. The former Tower Transit E400s
(batch EN 28-40 less fire victims 33 and 37) are now in
service at Orpington while another eight second-hand E400s
(EN 41-48) have been acquired from Abellio and are being
made ready for service soon.
2) At Arriva the Shires a partial renumbering scheme
is to begin shortly involving about 65 of their buses.
This is to eliminate duplication of numbers with their
parent company Arriva Midlands. At
Arriva Southern Counties a batch of new StreetLites
is being made ready for service. Most are for
Northfleet to replace existing ‘Sapphire’
StreetLites on the 480/490 and two are for Colchester
3) For the benefit of TLB readers, the LHRG meeting on 13
December has been moved from Palestra to 55
For earlier reports refer to TLB or join
(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.
Saturday 16 February: NLETE
Enfield Transport Bazaar at St Paul’s Centre,
Church Street, Enfield. Open 11.00-14.30,
Admission £3 (acc. children free).
Sunday 24 February: Green
Line Running Day at Epping Ongar Railway, North Weald.
Saturday 16 March: Transport
Collectors Market at Chiswick Town Hall, Turnham Green.
Sunday 24 March: An ‘RF
event’ at Kingston (40 years since last LT RFs in 1979).
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. RTs on 62 and former 23C routes.
Saturday 6 April: South
East Bus Festival, Detling, Kent.
Sunday 7 April: Spring
Gathering at London Bus Museum, Brooklands. Theme is end
of RTs/RFs in 1979.
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.