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Last Update: 23 April 2013 (RV1, 124, 52, 621, 27 updated)
This page indexes all the pictures on the site, with the latest photos and recently updated pages at the top – so, if you check in regularly, you can just look through the first few pictures to see what's new. If you want to find a particular route check on the operational details page and click on the bus type for the route, if available. There is also a clickable map to allow you to select photos for a particular area.
Hover your mouse over the thumbnail for a caption (may not work in some older or non-standard browsers), and click on it to open a page containing a larger version of the picture.
There is comprehensive navigation and cross-referencing through the gallery at the foot of each page: you can browse through routes in the order they were added to the site, or in route number order, as well as jumping to other routes of interest.
These pages are not necessarily meant to be detailed or exhaustive accounts about routes, just a collection of observations and facts that I think may be of interest to the reader; please don’t treat this as a reference source! For more mundane/technical facts I suggest you look elsewhere – I recommend two sites, both called London Bus Routes: the companion to this site www.londonbusroutes.net details the current situation while www.londonbuses.co.uk has lots of historical information.
This gallery depends largely on readers’ contributions as I do not personally have time to do much bus photography. If you have access to a scanner or digital camera, and would like to contribute – especially if you can fulfil any of the requests below – see the foot of the page. I have a film scanner, so you can send negatives or slides in the post if you prefer. Contributions of background information are also welcome, as there is a limit to what I know or can readily research when writing a page.
Wanted for completeness, to complement other photos already in stock and/or to update pages: VLW on 184 (school journey); SP on 697; Dart/Esteem on S4; TEH on 189; HV on 243; T on 313 (SDO journey); DW on N29; Versa on 296; EN on 379; DEM on 234/W9; Solo on S3. Still a bit short on night routes, which are included – these don’t have to be taken in the dark, though obviously that adds to the effect. Please don’t feel constrained to stick to these suggestions however.
Many thanks are due to Andy Allen, Ali Gledhill, Alan Herbert, Alex Harrison, Anthony Moore, Adam Murray, Anthony Or, Alexinder Riyat, Ash Turner, Brian Creasey, Chris Evans, Christopher Gorton, Chris Elkins, Chris McKenna, Chris Tongmee, Dennis Beckett, David Bosher, Dan Broughton, Deano Dean, Dave Hooker, David Heath, Duncan McDougall, David McKay, Daniel Piggott, David Richardson, Danny Robinson, Dave Salter, Eamonn Kentell, George Batchelor, Graham Harris, Gauvin Lewis, George Nipah, Graham Stokes, Hassaan Chaudhry, Hans Liljewall, Harcharon Sandhar, Ian Armstrong, Ivor Cleave, John Bennett, LondonBuses72, John Delaney, James Fullick, John Fletcher, John Gillespie, Jay Houlden, John King, John Kaye, Joshim Nur, John Rowland, electrostar379, Joshua Perrett, Julian Walker, Jamaal Wilson, Jordan Young, KieronMJ, Lawrence Living, Lee Whitehead, Mark Adoko, Myronn Codrington, Martin Campbell, Martin Clitheroe, Mark Collins, Martin Hazel, Mark James, Mark Lyons, Michael McClelland, Malc McDonald, Marc Maitland, Matthew Wharmby, Nik Anthony, Patrick Carter, Phillip Deamer, Russell Baldock, Rhys Daniel, Richard Groves, Roger Logan, RNAM200 (Robert Mighton), Robert Munster, Richard Pywell, Robert Sanderson, Richard Sweeney, Robert Thompson, Steve Benson, Shubham Bakshi, Stephen Gillett, Simon Hardy, Stephen Parascandolo, Selassie Lawson, Steve Maskell, Sunil Prasannan, Suzy Scott, Stephen Williams, Tom Bowell, Thomas Jefferson, Taelin Lambert, Terry Longhurst and William Turvill for supplying photographs and additionally to Marc Anderson, Fred Archer, Malcolm Ballinger, Martin Bedneau, Chris Blower, John Bennett, Edd Bogle, Bernie Elsom, Jaroslaw Garlinski, John Gillespie, John Godber, Karl Gurney, Leo Henry, David Jacobs, Andy Johns, Peter Kennedy, John King, Chris Leadbeater, Phil Lightowler (via Martijn Gilbert), Malc McDonald, Keith Nason, Julian Osborne, A. Parry, Sunil Prasannan, Julian Walker, Matthew Wharmby, Lee Whitehead, Stephen Williams, and Jordan Young for helping with the text. Apologies to anyone I may have forgotten! I have referred to the following bus maps: The Greater London Bus Map (Mike Harris 1995-2011) (including the Historical Series), Bus Map Central Area (London Transport 1936-1961), Central Buses – Map and List of Routes (London Transport 1962-1970), London Buses – Map and List of Routes (London Transport 1970-1982), London Wide Bus Map (London Regional Transport 1984-1986), London Bus Map (London Buses Ltd 1987-1991), All London Bus Map (London Transport 1992-1993), All London Bus Guide (London Transport 1993-1999), Country Bus and Green Line coach routes (London Transport 1959), Tram Map (London Transport 1934). Snippets of information have also come from many other sources, including Buses (Ian Allan 1995-2002), David Connor, First Capital website, Leon Daniels, Ken Glazier, The London Bus (LOTS 2000-2011), The London Bus Handbook (Capital Transport 1988-2002), London Bus Magazine (LOTS 2000-02), London Buses Past and Present (John Reed/Capital Transport 1988), London Route Reviews 1934-1939 and 1939-1945 (Les Stitson/LOTS 1991-1993), Master Atlas of Greater London (Geographers’ A-Z Map Co. Ltd. 1995-2001), Metrobus The Company’s First Ten Years (Andrew Boag/Capital Transport 1994), Tramlink Offical Handbook (Nicholas Owen/Capital Transport 2000), Wylde’s Adventures in Busland (John D. Wylde 1998), and numerous others whom I cannot trace. I have also made some use of London Bus Routes by Ian Armstrong, with his agreement.
... are very welcome, please send in your JPGs to robert @ londonbusroutes . net (remove the spaces!). It cuts both ways, as (a) it makes this site more interesting (b) non-webmasters get a chance to publish photos on the web. Provided you provide it, your name will be credited. Please note: photos should be your own. Photos are automatically copyrighted and it is therefore illegal to send someone else’s photos as if they were yours – and there are potentially serious consequences. If you want to submit photographs from other sources, obtain their permission first, and make the source clear when you send them.
As this is a site about London bus routes, I would be looking for photos of buses on LBSL routes (including night buses, school routes and LLSA routes e.g. the 84 in Barnet), showing vehicles that are likely to be found on the route. The photos do not need to be recent, as long as they could have been taken last week: so they should show the current vehicle type and livery, and in a location currently served by the route.
I do not want:
Please take a look at some of the pages that have already been created to get a feel for what is wanted. Also, if I already have a comprehensive selection of photos for a particular route then I am unlikely to want more! In many cases a "comprehensive selection" will be just 1.
I will not completely rule out historical photos – but remember that this site is primarily supposed to illustrate the contemporary scene, so I will only include old photos if they illustrate an interesting or significant historical point about the route in question (e.g. double deckers in the Blackwall Tunnel on the 108), and they will probably not be full size.
I would be particularly keen on photos taken on route (as opposed to the terminus), so for example 168s coming down Haverstock Hill, 96s arriving at Bluewater, or H37s squeezing under St. John's Railway Bridge – anywhere that characterises the route. Remember that this is a site about London bus routes, not about buses exactly, and to that end the bus need not be too large in the frame! However I will consider anything I receive.
Please supply the date and location if possible; any other topical information that can be incorporated into the caption will also be welcome.
In order to conserve web space, and so that they fit on people's screens, photos should not be too large – photos are usually published at 800×600 or 1024×768, although some variation is possible. I can crop and scale photos as required.Home | Bus routes | Operational details | Service changes | Operators & Garages | Photo gallery