Route History

185 fares

Date of introduction
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
07.10.51
Q
32RTL
22RTL
20RTL
 
WL
--
6RTL
6RTL

VICTORIA - Vauxhall - Oval - Camberwell - Dulwich - Forest Hill - Catford - Lewisham. Greenwich - BLACKWALL TUNNEL South Side
Tram replacement route - replacing Tram #58

1952 MAP 185 Central section
Extracted from 1952 historical map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
06.01.52
WL
32RTL
28RTL
26RTL

Camberwell (Q) allocation withdrawn.

30.04.58
WL
31RTL
27RTL
24RTL

185 times

Scanned from April 1958 Red Book, the complete book is available from the Sales List

26.11.58
WL
31RTL
27RTL
22RTW

Sunday converted to RTW operation.

RTW425

RTW425 Vauxhall Bridge Road
The 176 used these in the week but were spare on a Sunday

This image availabe on the
RTL download

23.01.66
WL
29RTL
20RTL
14RM

Sunday Routemaster operation introduced.

RTL50

RTL50 shown here with an incorrect via blind ( 184 )

This image availabe on the
RTL download

10.07.66
WL
25RT
18RT
14RM

RTL withdrawn in favour of RT operation.

31.12.66
WL
26RT
18RT
14RT

Sunday operation reverted to RT.

RT725 RT725 seen at Lewisham Hospital

This image available on the
RT download
14.10.67
WL
28RT
19RT
13RT

VICTORIA - GREENWICH CHURCH (Sat/Sun) - GREENWICH Ship & Billet (Mon-Fri) - BLACKWALL TUNNEL Delta Works (MS peaks/Sun early jnys)
Withdrawn between Blackwall Tunnel and Ship & Billet except Mon-Sat peaks and some early Sunday works journeys - and further withdrawn Saturday and Sunday between Greenwich Church and Blackwall Tunnel.
The journeys that did run to Blackwall Tunnel were extended to Delta Metal Works

16.01.71
WL
23RT
24RT
12RT

VICTORIA - LEWISHAM (Mon-Fri) - GREENWICH CHURCH (Sat/Sun) - BLACKWALL TUNNEL Delta Works(MS peaks/Sun early jnys)
Mon-Fri withdrawn during normal hours between Lewisham & GREENWICH Ship & Billet.

08.01.72
TL
15RT
12RT
7RT
 
WL
9RT
13RT
6RT

Daily Catford (TL) allocation introduced.

12.05.73
TL
15DMS
11DMS
7DMS
 
WL
9DMS
12DMS
6DMS

CONVERTED TO DOUBLE DECK ONE PERSON OPERATION.

DMS

DMS595 at Lewisham Hospital on the way to Greenwich Church which was later to become Cutty Sark and Maritime Museum on the blinds.

This image available on the
Nostalgia 2 download

22.04.78
TL161+
13DMS
10DMS
6DMS
 
WL61+
8DMS
11DMS
6DMS

VICTORI - LEWISHAM - BLACKWALL TUNNEL (Mon-Fri peaks/Sat & Sun early jnys)
Sat & Sun withdrawn between Lewisham and Greenwich Church excpet for early journeys to Blackwall Tunnel.

04.09.82
TL161+
11DMS
8DMS
5DMS
 
WL61+
5T
9T
5T

VICTORIA - LEWISHAM - GREENWICH CHURCH (Mon-Fri peaks)
Withdrawn between Lewisham and Blackwall Tunnel except for Mon-Fri peak journeys to Greenwich Church.
Walworth (WL) introduce Titan operation.

T811

T811 poses along side another Titan on Route 89

This image available on the
Titan download

03.08.85
TL161+
11T
5T
8T
 
WL61+
5T
5T
--

Sunday Walworth (WL) allocation withdrawn. Catford (TL) introduce Titans.

02.11.85
Q61+
11T
5T
8T
 
TL161+
5T
5T
--

Walworth (WL) allocation withdrawn with garage closure. Saturday Camberwell (Q) introduced.

06.06.87
Q61+
--
5T
--
 
TL161+
15T
5T
8T

VICTORIA - LEWISHAM Bus Station
Withdrawn between Lewisham and Greenwich Church.

Mon-Fri and Sunday Q allocation withdrawn

13.08.88
Q61+
--
10T
--
 
TL161+
15T
--
8T

Saturday Catford (TL) allocation withdrawn.

27.04.91
TL161+
15T
17T
8T

Camberwell (Q) allocation withdrawn.

L72

L72 Lewisham Bus Stn

This image available on the
Leyland Olympian download

2001 map
Scanned from 2001 leaflet
20.01.01
EL
18VP
18VP
14VP
easylink logo Contract reassigned to London Easylink based at the Transco Gas site on the Old Kent Road.
VP158

VP185 at Lewisham

This image is part of a download available on the Abellio download

370

ETB370 crosses Vauxhall Bridge

This image is part of a download available on the Abellio download

21.08.02
BT
dd
dd
dd

London Easylink go into liquidation and at short notice Blue Triangle are given the task of organising emergency cover - quite a large number of operaters were used - a small selection of photos below portay the scene.

M1347 M1310
M1347
Arriva Sightseeing M1310
FC419 T1095
First Capital 419
T1095 out of service Parliament Sq
05.04.03
BV1+
16VP
13VP
13VP
etb logo Route formally transferred to East Thames Buses operating from their base at Belvedere.
25.03.06
BV1+
13VP
11VP
10VP
 
MA
6VWL
6VWL
5VWL

Part of allocation transferred to Mandela Way (MA)

VWL35

VWL35 East Dulwich

© Ian Armstrong

03.10.09
BV1+
13VP
11VP
10VP
 
MA
6VWL
6VWL
5VWL
go logo Contract reassigned to GO Ahead ( London General )

01.05.10
Q121+
20VWL
19VWL
15VWL
LC LOGO Allocation moved from Belvedere (BV) to Camberwell (Q) (London Central)
E109

E109 strays onto the route

 

04.10.14
Q121+
24VWL
24VWL
15VWL

Contract extended for two years

01.10.16
Q121+
25EHV
25EHV
16EHV

Contract renewal with new buses

185 times live stands Tender Specifications

Garages

Q Camberwell
Crew Changeover point at Denmark Hill - Camberwell Green

WL Walworth
Crew Changeover point at ?

BV Belvedere
Crew Changeover point at ?

MA Mandella Way
Crew Changeover point at ?