Route History

Fares for Route 61

03.10.34
SP
5ST
5ST
4ST

ELTHAM Well Hall Station - Well Hall Road - Eltham High Street - New Eltham - Green Lane,  Chislehurst - St Pauls Cray Rd,  - ORPINGTON Maxwell Arms
Prior to this date had been numbered 610

61 map
Extracted from 1934 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
17.04.35
SP
5ST
5ST
8ST

LEWISHAM Rennell Street ( Suns ) - Lee Green - ELTHAM Well Hall Station ( Mon-Sat ) - ORPINGTON Maxwell Arms ( Mon-Sat ) - Crofton Road - Locks Bottom - Farnborough - GREEN STREET GREEN ( Suns )
Sunday extended at both ends - Eltham to Lewisham and Orpington to Green Street Green

02.10.35
SP
5ST
5ST
8ST

ELTHAM Well Hall Station  - ORPINGTON Maxwell Arms
Sunday extensions withdrawn

08.04.36
SP
5LT
5LT
8LT

LEWISHAM Rennell Street ( Suns ) - ELTHAM Well Hall Station ( Mon-Sat ) - ORPINGTON Maxwell Arms ( Mon-Sat ) - GREEN STREET GREEN ( Suns )
Sunday extended at both ends - Eltham to Lewisham and Orpington to Green Street Green

07.10.36
SP
5LT
5LT
4LT

ELTHAM Well Hall Station  - ORPINGTON Maxwell Arms
Sunday extensions withdrawn

24.03.37
SP
5LT
5LT
7LT

LEWISHAM Rennell Street ( Suns ) - ELTHAM Well Hall Station ( Mon-Sat ) - ORPINGTON Maxwell Arms
Sunday extended from Eltham to Lewisham

06.10.37
SP
5LT
5LT
5LT

ELTHAM Well Hall Station  - ORPINGTON Maxwell Arms
Sunday extensions withdrawn

13.04.38
SP
5LT
5LT
7LT

LEWISHAM Rennell Street ( Suns ) - ELTHAM Well Hall Station ( Mon-Sat ) - ORPINGTON Maxwell Arms
Sunday extended from Eltham to Lewisham

12.10.38
SP
5LT
5LT
5LT

ELTHAM Well Hall Station  - ORPINGTON Maxwell Arms
Sunday extensions withdrawn

03.05.39
SP
6LT
6LT
9LT

ELTHAM Well Hall Station  - Orpington - Crofton Road - Locks Bottom - BROMLEY GARAGE ( Mon-Sat ) - Bromley South - BROMLEY NORTH STATION ( Suns )
Mon-Sat extended from Orpington to Bromley garage and further extended on Sundays to Bromley North

15.05.40
SP
6LT
8LT
7LT

ELTHAM Well Hall Station  - BROMLEY GARAGE ( Mon-Fri ) - - BROMLEY NORTH STATION ( Sat / Sun )
Sat extended from Bromley Garage to Bromley North

30.10.40
SP
6LT
7LT
6LT

ELTHAM Well Hall Station  - BROMLEY GARAGE
Withdrawn between Bromley Garage and Bromley North

03.04.44
SP
5LT
5LT
6LT
 
TB
2STL
2STL
--

Mon-Sat Bromley (TB) allocation added

12.11.47
SP
5LT
5LT
4LT
 
TB
6STL
6STL
4STL

Sunday Bromley (TB) allocation added

24.03.48
TB
11STL
11STL
10STL

Sidcup (SP) allocation withdrawn

11.10.50
TB
10RT
10RT
8RT

RT type introduced

02.05.56
TB
11RT
13RT
8RT

Diverted in Chislehurst via Edgbury  & Belmont Lane instead of via Green Lane direct.

16.10.57
TB
13RT
14RT
7RT

ELTHAM - BROMLEY GARAGE (Sun am) - BROMLEY NORTH STN. (Mon-Sat / Sun pm)
Mon-Sat and Sun pm extended from Bromley Garage to Bromley North

RT1699

Saunders RT1699 advertising 35 Cadets ciggies for 2/10d ( 14p)

© Jeff Lloyd

30.04.58
TB
13RT
14RT
7RT

61 times
 
31.12.66
TB
13RT
7RT
5RT

ELTHAM Well Hall -BROMLEY NORTH STN.
Sunday am extended from Bromley Garage to Bromley North.

15.07.72
TB131+
13DMS
6DMS
4DMS

ELTHAM (Mon-Fri/Sun) - CHISLEHURST Gordon Arms (Sat) - BROMLEY NORTH STN
CONVERTED TO ONE PERSON OPERATION
Saturday Route between Chislehurst and Eltham replaced by Route 227

DMS412

DMS412 Well hall

This image available on the
Nostalgia 2 download

18.05.74
TB
13DMS
9DMS
4DMS

ELTHAM Well Hall - BROMLEY NORTH STN.
Saturday Route between Chislehurst and Eltham re-introduced.

29.09.79
TB
14LS
9LS
6LS

Converted to single deck operation

LS287

LS287 Orpington

This image available on the
Single Deck download

16.08.86
MB
dd
dd
dd

ELTHAM (Sun) - CHISLEHURST Gordon Arms (Mon-Sat) - BROMLEY NORTH STATION
Operation transferred to Metrobus under LRT tendering process.
Monday-Saturday Route between Chislehurst and Eltham replaced by new 61B Route.

Ex London Transport Daimler Fleetline Bromley North 1986

This image available on the
GO-AHEAD London download

19.01.91
MB
dd
dd
dd

CHISLEHURST - BROMLEY NORTH STATION
Sunday only Route between Chislehurst and Eltham replaced by revisions to Route 228/328.

02.12.95
SJ
11dd
11dd
3dd
logo Contract reassigned

03.03.96
R
11V
10V
4DP

Converted to Olympian operation

DP12

DP12 Bromley North

This image available on the
Single Deck download

01.12.01
R
12V
11V
5V

Increased service

V4

V4 seen in Bromley ?

This image available on the
First London download


02.12.06
TB201+
9E
8E
5E
Contract passed to Selkent operated with new Enviro 400 type buses.
17428

Trident 17428 stands in for an Enviro at Chislehurst Common

This image available on the
Stagecoach  download

30.03.09
TB201+
12E
10E
8E

CHISLEHURST Gordon Arms - War Memorial - St Pauls Cray Road - Leesons Hill - Cray Avenue - Poverest Road - Orpington - Locks Bottom - BROMLEY NORTH STATION
Diverted via St Mary Cray because of railway bridge closure in Chislehurst Road

03.12.11
TB201+
11E
10E
7E
Contract renewal
19134

Enviro 19134 Orpington

© Jeff Lloyd

01.12.12
TB201+
11E
10E
7E

Diversion via St Mary Cray withdrawn

Orpington Town Centre
Extracted from 2014 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map

61 times

Operating Garages

SP Sidcup
Changeover point Well Hall Station ?

TB Bromley
Changeover point Bromley Garage.

SJ Swanley
Changeover point as below

Y Orpington Base
The changeover point for buses towards Bromley North is at Orpington Pond (Carlton Parade)
Towards Chislehurst is Goodmead Road.

Early and Late journeys run dead to and from (Y) -:
to start or finish at either Chislehurst or Bromley North.

(As far as I know the same points would have been used while the Garage was at Swanley - with ferry cars transporting drivers)
Some extra info for you (thought it may be of interest)

Orpington has a fleet of ferry cars which take the drivers to/from the changeover points at Orpington pond/Goodmead Rd for routes 61,R1,R3,R4,and R11.These are actual duties and are covered by drivers stood down usually for medical reasons.
(You should see the duty card something like 18-20 rounders).

This page dedicated to Paul Bishop.

Current stands and turning points