Latest Update: 14 September
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
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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.
Monday 30 September: Russell Young 'From ChipVan
to BurgerBus', a circular tour around Britain from and
back to Liverpool South Parkway
Monday 21 October: Bob Palmer - Pure Nostalgia Part
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
Monday 16 December: - to be advised
The London Bus (TLB)
TLB660 was posted on
Tuesday 13 August. The closing date for reports for
TLB 661 was Wednesday 4 September and it is due for
posting on Tuesday 17 September. The closing date
for TLB 662 is 2 October.
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 fleet.
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)
See the Publications Page for details of LOTS
publications or the Sales Bulletin for our current
Non-members may wish to look at a sample
issue of TLB.
Hopefully this will whet your appetite for joining
Saturday 14 September
Two weeks of September have passed and no 69-plate buses have been delivered to London. The electric E200EVs for route 100 are still in build and several Metroline BDEs and a lot of OMEs remain to arrive.
Sunday 8 September
are no significant news items this week.
Sunday 1 September
Now it is September we can await the first
69-plate registrations in our area – although none
have yet been notified. They will probably be some
of the Outstanding BDEs and OMEs at Metroline and on the
Arriva Southern Counties StreetLites still due at Hemel
Sunday 25 August
Saturday 24th saw Abellio
route 407 go over to all- hybrid E400Hs making it the
first main TfL route into Surrey to go hybrid.
Also on the 24th the London
Bus Museum staged a special run over route 22 using RT1
(plus RT4779, STL441 and STL2377) to commemorate
80 years since RT1 first ran in August 1939 – on
2) This Sunday and Monday afternoon and evening is the
annual Notting Hill Carnival with the 2X and 36X back
for another year and many substantially enhanced
allocations on routes in the area.
Friday 16 August
intends to enter into new contracts for the following
routes with the operators listed below:
N/A (new route)
deck (details TBC)
N/A (new route)
deck (details TBC)
New Euro VI
hybrid double deck
2017 Euro VI
hybrid double deck
24 hour route.
The above contracts will commence on
the following dates:
7th December 2019: Routes 218
(Hammersmith to North Acton) & 278 (Heathrow
Central to Ruislip).
11th April 2020: Route 427
27th June 2020: Route
Tuesday 13 August
The last dozen Stagecoach Trident/ALX400s have been
stood down gradually over the past two weeks, leaving
two at Leyton. Their last day is due to be this
Friday 16 August – so watch LVF, should be on the 215 or
The intention is to introduce at least the first three
of the new Optare MetroDecker EVs onto route 134 next
Sunday 11 August
The prototype ‘London’ version of the Caetano e.City
Gold electric bus is now with Abellio at Walworth
Garage. It is not expected to appear in service but is
being used for familarisation prior to the eventual
delivery of 34 of these buses for routes C10 and P5.
With the recent standing down of the last pair of
Stagecoach Trident/ ALX400s at Romford and Bromley,
there are just five left that have continued into
August, two at Leyton (normally on routes 215 or 275)
and three at Plumstead (usually on the 472). It is
likely that these will cease passenger operation very
soon now, perhaps in the coming week.
Meanwhile, Metroline still has two Trident/
ALX400s (TA642 and 648, usually on the 210) and
two Volvo B7TLs (VP549 usually on the 302 or 460 and
VP614 usually on the 140).
(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 21 September: Bat & Ball Station
Heritage Open Day and free bus routes with RM/RML/DT/NRM/Daf/Volvo Ailsaamongst others.
Saturday/Sunday 28/29 September: LT Museum open
weekend at Acton.
Sunday 29 September: Showbus
at Herts County Showground near Redbourn (LSS). Three
special services are to run to and from the Showbus
ralley from Hemel Hempstead (Carousel Buses 1 as an
extension of the usual 1A from High Wycombe to Amersham)
from St Alban's CIty Station (Red Rose Travel) as the
S99 and from Luton Interchange (AtS) as the Sx.
Saturday 5 October: Bluebell Railway, Sheffield
Park, Vintage bus running day.
Sunday 6 October: A&DMBS running day based
on Chesham Broadway
Saturday 12 October: NLETE Transport Bazaar at
Theydon Bois Village Hall, open 11:00-15:00, admission
£3 (accompanied children free)
Saturday/Sunday 12/13 October: Isle of
Wight Beer and Buses weekend event.
Sunday 13 October: Canvey Island Transport Museum open
day and bus ralley at Labworth recreation ground.
Sunday 20 October: 'Transportfest' at London
Bus Museum, Brooklands.
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)