Route History

 

Fares

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
20.11.40
ON
8STL
8STL
8STL

SOUTH HARROW STN -  Alperton - Hanger Lane - Ealing Common - Acton Town Station - Gunnersbury Lane - Gunnersbury Avenue - Turnham Green - Chiswick High Road - HAMMERSMITH Brook Green
New Route which paralleled much of the Piccadilly Line

1940 map

Extracted from December 1940 historical map drawn by Mike Harris

The Greater London Bus Map
19.03.41
ON
8STL
8STL
--

SOUTH HARROW STN - HAMMERSMITH Brook Green ( Mon-Sat)
Sunday withdrawn

14.01.42
ON
9ST
9ST
--
 
W
8ST
7ST
6STL

SOUTH HARROW STN (Mon-Sat) - Whitton Avenue - Sudbury Hill - Alperton - Hanger Lane - Western Avenue - Gypsy Corner - Park Royal - - HARLESDEN (Suns) All Souls Avenue - Doyle Gardens - Liddell Gardens - Kensal Rise - West Kilburn - Warwick Avenue - Maida Vale - Hall Road - Circus Road - Ordnance Hill - Swiss Cottage - Adelaide Road - Primrose Hill Road - Englands Lane - Haverstock Hill - Pond Street - HAMPSTEAD HEATH South End Green ( daily )
Diverted at Hanger Lane to Hampstead Heath - route as shown
Sunday service introduced between Willesden Junction and Hampstead Heath
Cricklewood (W) allocation introduced

25.03.42
ON
9ST
9ST
--
 
W
8ST
7ST
--
 
CF
--
--
6STL

Sunday Cricklewood (W) allocation moved to Chalk Farm (CF)

28.10.42
ON
9ST
3ST
--
 
W
8ST
8ST/5STL
6STL

Sunday Chalk Farm (CF) allocation moved back to Cricklewood (W)
STL type introduced on Sat

21.04.43
ON
8ST
6ST
--
 
W
12ST
14ST
6STL

Sat STL type withdrawn

30.04.47
ON
25ST
14ST
6ST
 
W
--
7ST
9STL

SOUTH HARROW - HAMPSTEAD HEATH
Sunday extended from Harlesden to South Harrow
Mon-Fri Cricklewood (W) allocation withdrawn
Sunday Alperton (ON) allocation introduced

20.10.48
ON
25ST
10ST
6G
 
W
--
11ST
7ST

G type introduced on Sundays

13.04.49
AC
--
11STL
--
 
ON
25ST
10ST
13G

Cricklewood (W) allocation withdrawn
Saturday Willesden (AC) allocation introduced

03.09.49
ON
25RTW/
21RTW
13RTW
   
+ 1G ex 83
   

Saturday only Willesden (AC) allocation withdrawn
RTW type replace ST and G

02.05.51
ON
6RTL
--
15STL
 
X
20RT
18RT
--

Middle Row (X) allocation introduced.

1952 map Central section

Extracted from July 1952 historical map drawn by Mike Harris

The Greater London Bus Map

22.10.52
ON
6RT
--
10RT
 
X
20RT
18RT
--

Alperton (ON) changed from RTL type to RT

12.10.56
ON
6RT
--
10RT
 
X
20RTL
18RTL
--

Middle Row (X) allocation converted from RT to RTL.

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

02.01.62
ON
15RT
8RT
8RT
 
X
10RTL
5RTL
--

Saturday ON allocation introduced.

RTL539

RTL439 (X) at unknown location

This image availabe on the
RTL download

15.08.62
ON
15RT
8RT
8RT
 
X
10RTL
5RTL
--
   
+1RM / 18
   

I RM introduced at Middle Row (X) cross linked from Route 18

01.04.64
ON
15RT
7RM
8RT
 
X
10RTL
4RM
--

Saturday RM introduction.
This was made possible at Alperton because Route 18 was just allocated RM's but did not have a Saturday allocation.

RM2150

RM2150 North Acton ?

This image available with the Routemaster download

03.10.65
ON
13RT
7RM
8RT
 
X
--
4RM
--

SOUTH HARROW STATION - WEST KILBURN (Mon-Fri) - HAMPSTEAD HEATH (Sat/Sun)
Mon-Fri section between West Kilburn and Hampstead Heath replaced by new 187A - Mon-Fri X now works 187A.

Mon-Fri RM working ceased

01.10.66
ON
10RT
5RM
8RM
 
X
--
4RM
--

Sunday ON allocation converted to RM.

RT2507

RT2507 at South Harrow Station

© John Reed

31.12.66
ON
9RT
5RM
--
 
X
--
3RM
4RM

SOUTH HARROW STATION ( Mon-Sat ) - HARLESDEN (Suns) - WEST KILBURN (Mon-Fri) - HAMPSTEAD HEATH (Sat/Sun)
Sunday withdrawn between Harlesden and South Harrow and allocation transferred to Middle Row (X).

187 entry
This entry is part of the September 1968 allocation book which is available for sale
 
13.06.70
ON
7RT
--
--
 
SE
--
6RM
--
 
X
8RT
--
--

SOUTH HARROW STATION - HAMPSTEAD HEATH (Mon-Sat)
Mon-Sat extended from West Kilburn to Hampstead Heath to replace withdrawn 187A but Sunday service withdrawn.
Saturday Stonebridge (SE) allocation introduced to part compensate for the loss of 9 runnings on service 18 which was cutback from Edgware to Sudbury on this day.

23.02.75
ON
7RM
--
--
 
SE
--
6RM
--
 
X
5RM
--
--

Converted to RM at all times.

28.10.78
ON61+
6RM
--
--
 
SE101+
--
7RM
--
 
X131+
6RM
--
--

SOUTH HARROW STATION (MS except evgs) - ALPERTON GARAGE (MS evgs) - HAMPSTEAD HEATH (Mon-Sat)
Evening service withdrawn between Alperton and South Harrow.

15.08.81
ON61+
6RM
--
--
 
X101+
6RM
8RM
--

Stonebridge (SE) garage closed - allocation transferred to new Westbourne Park (X).

RM1586
RM1587 is seen heading down Pond Street in Hampstead and almost at its destination. 
Running as X102 on the 187, the via blind shown is for the complete run from South Harrow. 
In three months' time, this route would be converted to OPO with Ms from ON, then X would lose its long-standing allocation on this behind the houses route.  It would also lose its entire routing east of Queens Park in favor of an extended 46, run out of CF
© Malcolm Allan
04.09.82
ON61+
7M
6M
--

Converted to One Person Operation.
SOUTH HARROW STATION (MS except evgs) - ALPERTON (MS evgs) - WEST KILBURN ( Mon-Sat )
Withdrawn between West Kilburn and Hampstead Heath - replaced by revised service 46.
X allocation withdrawn.

M9

M9 South Harrow

This image available on the
Metrobus download

24.11.84
ON61+
7M
6M
--

SOUTH HARROW (MS except evenings) - ALPERTON (MS evgs) North Acton - Chase Rd - Minerva Road - Park Royal Road - Acton Lane - Harlesden - Kensal Rise - WEST KILBURN ( Mon-Sat )
Re-routed in the Park Royal via Minerva Road - Park Royal Road - and Acton Lane instead of North Acton Road.

12.04.86
ON61+
7M
5M
--

SOUTH HARROW STATION - WEST KILBURN ( Mon-Sat )
Evening service restored between Alperton and South Harrow.

01.12.90
NW201+
13DR
11DR
--
LOGO Transferred within LONDON TRANSPORT from Centrewest to Metroline

Converted to midibus operation and transferred to North Wembley base (NW).

DT124 DR146

DT124 South Harrow

This image available on the
Single Deck download

DR146 Queens Park stand in Claremont Road

This image available on the
Single Deck download
04.09.99
LT501+
5volvo
5volvo
2volvo
logo Contract reassigned

CENTRAL MIDDLESEX HOSPITAL - Park Royal - North Acton - Harlesden - Kensal Rise - QUEENS PARK STATION
Withdrawn between Central Middlesex Hospital and South Harrow - replaced by new Route 487.

29.04.00
LT
9volvo
8volvo
6volvo

CENTRAL MIDDLESEX HOSPITAL - Park Royal - North Acton - Harlesden - Kensal Rise - Queens Park - Fernhead Road - Shirland Road - Warwick Avenue - Hall Road - Circus Road - Swiss Cottage - FINCHLEY ROAD 02 Centre.
Extended from Queens Park to Finchley Road via 46 to Swiss Cottage and then 82 to 02 Centre - replacing withdrawn section of Route 46.

In September 2000 LONDON TRAVELLER traded as METROPOLITAN OMNIBUS LTD

187
VS513

VS513 Finchley Road stand

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

01.11.02
HN201+
10volvo
10volvo
6volvo
logo Contract reassigned

VS501

VS501 Warwick Avenue

This image is available on the Metroline download

07.06.03
HN201+
10VS
9VS
6VS

Reallocated to new depot at Perivale but retained HN garage code

06.03.04
WJ
11DM
10DM
7DM
logo PA allocation moved to
Willesden Junction
( First )

DM485

DM485 Swiss Cottage

This image available on the
First London download

07.03.09
WJ
14DMLe
12DMLe
10DMLe
logo Contract renewal

Contract renewed and new buses introduced (AD Enviro 200)

DML44101

DML44101 Central Middlesex Hospital stand

This image available on the
First London download

22.06.13
WJ
14DE
13DE
9DE
logo Contract novated to Metroline West

08.03.14
WJ
14DE
13DE
9DE

Contract extended for 2 years

DE1641

DE1641 seen at Warwick Avenue

© Lawrence Living

05.03.16
WJ
15DE
14de
9DE

Contract renewal

187 TIMES

Operating Garages

NW North Wembley
Changeover point at garage - buses running out of service from South Harrow

ON Alperton
Changeover point outside garage
Bridgewater Road

SE Stonebridge
Changeover point Jubilee Clock - Harlesden

X Middle Row
Changeover point Kensal Rise Station

X Westbourne Park
Changeover point The Chippenham

WJ Willesden Junction
Changeover point Harlesden Magistrates Court

Current stands and turning points

Tender specs

Live 187

Comment
There is an entry in the Route Description document within the Tender Specs that does not make sense - The entry for Maida Vale / Shirland Road ?