Route History

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
AT 03.10.34
RD
7ST
8ST
7ST


LEYTONSTONE Green Man - Wanstead - Redbridge - Gants Hill - Eastern Avenue - Newbury Park - Little Heath - Romford - Victoria Road - GIDEA PARK STATION

02.10.35
G
3LT
5LT
7LT
 
RD
7ST
5ST
--

Daily Forest Gate (G) allocation introduced
Sunday Hornchurch (RD) withdrawn

08.04.36
G
3LT
5LT
5LT
 
RD
7ST
5ST
5ST

Sunday Hornchurch (RD) reintroduced

07.10.36
G
3STL
5STL
7STL
 
RD
7ST
5ST
--

Sunday Hornchurch (RD) withdrawn

24.03.37
G
6STL
4STL
5STL
 
RD
4ST
6ST
5ST

Sunday Hornchurch (RD) reintroduced

06.10.37
G
6STL
4STL
7STL
 
RD
4ST
6ST
--

Sunday Hornchurch (RD) withdrawn

04.05.38
G
6STL
4STL
5STL
 
RD
4ST
6ST
5ST

Sunday Hornchurch (RD) reintroduced

12.10.38
G
6STL
4STL
7STL
 
RD
4ST
6ST
--

Sunday Hornchurch (RD) withdrawn

04.01.39
G
6STL
4STL
4STL
 
RD
4ST
6ST
3ST

Sunday Hornchurch (RD) reintroduced

13.12.39
G
7STL
10STL+
7STL
      1STL/96  

Hornchurch (RD) withdrawn

15.05.40
G
4STL
5STL+
7STL
      1STL/25B  
 
RD
3STL
3STL
--

Mon-Sat Hornchurch (RD) reintroduced

20.11.40
G
5STL
7STL+
8STL
      1STL/25B  
 
RD
4ST
4ST
--

LEYTONSTONE Green Man - Wanstead - Redbridge - Gants Hill - Eastern Avenue - Newbury Park - Little Heath - Romford - Victoria Road - Heath Park Road - Slewins Lane - North Street - Hornchurch Town Centre - Station Lane - HORNCHURCH STATION
Rerouted at Heath Park Road to Hornchurch instead of Gidea Park

66 map 1940

Extracted from 1934 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map

30.09.42
G
11STL
11STL
10STL
 
RD
3STL
3STL
4STL

Sunday Hornchurch (RD) reintroduced

19.04.44
G
--
--
14STL
 
RD
3STL
3STL
4STL
 
U
9STL
9STL
--

Mon-Sat Forest Gate (G) allocation replaced by Upton Park (U)

05.07.44
G
9STL
9STL
14STL
 
RD
3STL
3STL
4STL

Mon-Sat Upton Park (U) returned to Forest Gate (G)

12.12.45
G
--
11STL
13STL
 
RD
3G
5G
6G
 
U
9G
--
--

Mon-Fri Forest Gate (G) allocation replaced by Upton Park (U)

17.04.46
G
9STL
14STL
13STL
 
RD
3G+
5G
7G
    2G/103    

Mon-Fri Upton Park (U) returned to Forest Gate (G)

11.10.50
G
13STL
19RT
12RT
 
RD
3G+
4G
8G
    2G/103    

Weekend RT type introduced at Forest Gate (G) spare from Route 25B

17.10.51
G
13SRT
19RT
15RT
 
RD
3SRT
4SRT
5SRT

Type change as above.

22.10.52
G
13SRT
19RT
15RT
 
RD
3SRT
3SRT
1RTL
6RTL

LEYTONSTONE - HORNCHURCH STN - HORNCHURCH Hacton Drive (Sun pm jnys)
Mon-Sat peaks and Sun pm journeys extended from Hornchurch Station to Hacton Drive.

12.08.53
G
9SRT
14RT
9RT
 
NS
3SRT
--
6RTL
 
RD
--
4RTL
--

Mon-Fri/Sun RD allocation transferred to North Street (NS).

06.02.54
G
9SRT
14RT
9RT
 
NS
3SRT
4RT
6RT

Hornchurch (RD) allocation withdrawn - and NS RTL's replaced by RT

06.10.54
G101+
9RT
14RT
9RT
 
NS
3RT
4RT
6RT

SRT type replaced by RT

27.04.60
NS
10RT
18RT
12RT

Forest Gate (G) garage closed - allocation transferred to North Street (NS).

RT2776

RT2776 easily identified by the ventilation grills - fitted for a USA tour.

This image available with the RT.RTL.RTW download at Bus Photos

18.07.70
NS
14RT
13RT
--

LEYTONSTONE - Wanstead - Redbridge - Gants Hill - Newbury Park - Little Heath - Romford - Gidea Park - Straight Road - Faringdon Avenue - Dagnam Park Drive - Harold Hill - Church Road,  HAROLD WOOD STN. (Mon-Sat)
Mon-Sat Route diverted at Gidea Park via Harold Hill to Harold Wood Station replacing most of withdrawn 66A
Withdrawn section covered by New Route 294 Collier Row & Hornchurch.
Sunday Route renumbered 66B.

08.01.72
NS
15SMS
14SMS
--

Converted to single deck One Person Operation.

09.05.76
NS
15DMS
14DMS
--

Converted to double deck operation.

05.11.79
NS141+
15T
14T
--

Converted from Daimler Fleetline operation to Leyland Titan operation.

04.09.82
NS141+
8T
6T
3T

LEYTONSTONE - ROMFORD STN -; GIDEA PARK STN (Mon-Fri except evenings/Sat shop hours)
Withdrawn between Romford and Harold Wood except for Route to Gidea Park at above times. Withdrawn section covered by new 296 Romford and Harold Wood.
Sunday 66B renumbered 66

12.05.84
NS141+
8T
6T
3T

LEYTONSTONE - ROMFORD STN (Sat/Sun) - GIDEA PARK (Mon-Fri/Sat shopping hours)
Mon-Fri evenings extended from Romford to Gidea Park

1985 entry
 
07.02.87
NS141+
5T
5T
3T

LEYTONSTONE - ROMFORD STATION
Withdrawn between Romford and Gidea Park.

24.09.88
NS141+
5T
5T
3T/2MR/256

Sunday converted to part midibus operation.

28.10.89
NS141+
5T
5T
3MR

Sunday converted to full midibus operation

04.08.90
CB
6sd
6sd
3sd

Operation transferred to County Bus operating from Debden base.

Leyland Lynx H258GEV at the Green Man stand

This image available on Bus Photos page

29.06.97
CB
6sd
6sd
3sd

LEYTONSTONE STN - ROMFORD STATION
Extended from Green Man roundabout to Leytonstone CL Station

02.08.97
DX1+
8dd
6dd
4SLF
gg logo Operation transferred within Cowie Group to Grey Green (Barking depot)
959

The usual bus to be seen on the 66 was the Dennis dart Alexander ALX200 10.25m. 959 at the Leytonstone stand

This image available on Bus Photos page

1998
DX1+
8dd
6dd
4SLF
LOGO Contract novated to Arriva LNE

109

Looking rather dated the Scania 107 is seen at Romford

This image available on Bus Photos page

Scanned from leaflet dated 30th September 2000
06.09.03
FL31+
11DP
10DP
4DP
LOGO Contract reassigned to BLUE TRIANGE

DN188

Dennis Dart Caetano Nimbus DN188 at Wanstead

This image available with the GO-AHEAD London download

05.09.09
FL31+
11DP
10DP
4DP

Rerouted between Wanstead Station and Green Man via Wanstead High Street and New Wanstead instead of via Cambridge Park direct - the map below shows the revised route

wanstead diversion
04.09.10
GY61+
11SE
11SE
4SE
ARRIVA LOGO Extracted from 2011 Greater London Bus Map
Drawn by Mike Harris

New contract commenced with Arriva Southend - operating from their Grays garage with10.8M E200 BUSES.

4072

Now operated by Arriva Southend from the base at Grays. 4072 is seen at the Romford Market stop

This image available on Bus Photos page

24.03.12
GY61+
11SE
11SE
4SE

At Redbridge Station - eastbound buses to operate direct from roundabout to Eastern Avenue instead of via Station forecourt.

16.11.13
GY61+
14SE
11SE
6SE

New schedule introduced

30.08.14
GY61+
14VW
11VW
6VW

Converted to double deck operation

6206

Wright Gemini 6206 at Romford stand

© Alan Clarke

05.09.15
GY61+
11VW
11VW
8VW

Contract extended for two years

29.10.16
GY61+
12VW
12VW
9VW
ARRIVA Under Arriva London North control

LEYTONSTONE STATION  -  ROMFORD STATION
Officially transferred from Arriva Southern Counties to Arriva London North although Grays Garage was under Arriva London control since February

02.09.17
GY61+
12VW
12VW
9VW

Contract renewal

 

 

Operating Garages

G Forest Gate
Changeover point was Wanstead (The Green).

NS North Street
Changeover point outside garage.

RD Hornchurch
Changeover point was Hornchurch Town Centre ?

FL Blue Triangle (Ferry Lane - Rainham)
Changeover point Romford Station

NS North Street
Changeover point outside garage.

RD Hornchurch
Changeover point was ??

GY Grays
Changeover point Romford Station

66 times 66 live 66 stands Tender Specs

 

© Ian Armstrong 2017
Date of edit   Wednesday, 18.10.17