Latest Update: 15 January 2019
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our monthly newsletter, •The London Bus• (TLB). Items
noted here will be incorporated in the next issue of TLB
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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.
There is no meeting in January.
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.
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)
TLB652 was posted on
Tuesday 11 December. The closing date for reports
for TLB 653 is Wednesday 9 January 2019 and is due
for posting on Tuesday 22 January.
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
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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.
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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
Tuesday 15 January
LBSL intends to enter into new contracts for the following routes with the operators listed below:
197 Arriva London South
Metrobus 15 New Euro VI hybrid double deck
663 Arriva London South
Metrobus 1 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.
Wednesday 9 January
London Vehicle Finder had a major disk failure on Monday. Replacement disks were sourced but it appears the wrong disks were shipped. New disks are expected to arrive tomorrow (Wednesday) and it will then take a while to restore data and get the system up and running. Current guestimate is Friday but there are no guarantees.
Saturday 5 January
1) London United has just five Dart
SLFs left for route 72 at Shepherd’s Bush while Tolworth
has one. Go-Ahead’s last three Dart SLFs remain at
2) The first few of Metroline’s 69 VMHs (B5LH/MCV) arrived
via Southampton Docks on 3rd January.
Most are due for Potters Bar route 134 until their
electric buses are delivered later this year.
3) The ‘consultation’ on routes 88 and C2 has now been
done and the C2 will be withdrawn, the 88 extended to
Parliament Hill Fields and its LTs will be swapped with
the EHs from route 87. A provisional date is
4) Go-Ahead at Sutton Garage is to operate a Demand
Response Service using eight M-B Sprinters. Booking
would be via an app, similar to Go-Ahead’s “pick-me-up”
operation in Oxford.
Sunday 30 December
1) The See London by Night tour now has
its four former Go-Ahead E400s in service in all-yellow
livery. They have been converted to part open-top
and reregistered AA51,52,53,54 SEE – but we do need to
know which is which to match their previous
2) First Berkshire is taking new Scania/ irizar coaches in
a two tone blue livery for the Rail Air Reading &
Heathrow service. Universitybus is taking a batch of
12-plate Volvo B7RLE/ Wright buses to upgrade route 653
(Welwyn Garden City & St Albans New Greens).
3) Arriva Southern Counties is to put its new batch of
StreetLites onto the 480/490, thus releasing older
’Sapphire’ StreetLites to routes 34/35 (Guildford
& Camberley). Staying at Guildford, Stagecoach
South’s nine BYD/ADL E200EV electric buses are due to
enter service from Monday 7th January.
Saturday 22 December
1) The latest batches of RATP DLEs
(10.9m E20Ds) are now running on the 224 and 283 from Park
Royal (RP) Garage and delivery has begun of the next
batch, due for route 391 at Stamford Brook.
When completed, this year’s new DLEs will
total 81. Additionally, adding to the seven
DXEs (11.5m E20Ds) already here, another batch of 13 is
due shortly for route H37 at Hounslow.
Cascading of buses as a result of all this will result in
the withdrawal of the last few DPS class Dart/
Pointers (now mainly on the 72) at RATP and also
should clear at least most Versas and Tempos.
2) LBSL intends to enter into new contracts for the
following routes with the operators listed below:
Stagecoach East London
Stagecoach East London
28 2014 Euro V New Routemaster
16 2011/12 Euro V diesel double deck
9 New electric single
205/N205 Stagecoach East
London Stagecoach East
London 23 2014
Euro VI hybrid double
10 New Euro VI diesel single
16 New Euro VI diesel single deck
6 New Euro VI diesel single
16 2012/16 Euro V/VI diesel single deck
N/A - new
2 New Euro VI diesel single
6 2011/12 Euro V diesel single
All Euro V vehicles will be upgraded to Euro VI emissions
The above contracts will commence on the following dates:
29th June 2019: Route 8/N8.
27th July 2019: Route 81.
3rd August 2019: Route 232.
17th August 2019: Route 209/609.
24th August 2019: Routes 490 & 497.
31st August 2019: Route 205/N205.
7th September 2019: Routes 395 & H13.
21st September 2019: Route 100.
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
Saturday 16 February: NLETE
Enfield Transport Bazaar at St Paul’s Centre,
Church Street, Enfield. Open 11.00-14.30,
Admission £3 (accompanied children free).
(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 9 February: Staines Transport Collectors’ Fair at Hythe Centre, Thorpe Road, Staines, open 10:30-15:30, Admission £3, bus service from Staines Rail Station.
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. Details
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 Society.
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).
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
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.