Route History

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
03.10.34
ED
14NS
14NS
8ST
TC
4ST/12

CROYDON AIRPORT - Purley Way - Denning Avenue - Warnham Road - East Croydon - Addiscombe Road - Shirley Park - WEST WICKHAM Railway Hotel
Prior to this date had been 179 / 194

08.04.36
ED
17NS
17NS
--
TC
4ST/12

CROYDON AIRPORT - Purley Way - Denning Avenue - Warnham Road - East Croydon - Addiscombe Road - Shirley Park - WEST WICKHAM Railway Hotel ( Mon-Sat )
Sunday service replaced by revised Route 78

29.04.36
ED
30NS
26NS
--

CROYDON AIRPORT - Purley Way - Denning Avenue - Warnham Road - East Croydon - Addiscombe Road - Shirley Park - West Wickham - Elmers End - Anerley - Penge - Lower Sydenham - Perry Vale - FOREST HILL ( Mon-Sat )
Extended from West Wickham to Forest Hill

09.11.38
ED
31LT
26LT
--

CROYDON AIRPORT - Purley Way - Denning Avenue - Warnham Road - East Croydon - Addiscombe Road - Shirley Park - West Wickham,Eden Park - Elmers End - Anerley - Penge - Lower Sydenham - Perry Vale - FOREST HILL ( Mon-Sat )
Diverted at Eden Park via Linksway - I am uncertain as to route before this date

29.11.39
ED
31LT
25LT
20LT

CROYDON AIRPORT - Purley Way - Denning Avenue - Warnham Road - East Croydon - Addiscombe Road - Shirley Park - West Wickham,Eden Park - Elmers End - Anerley - Penge - Lower Sydenham - Perry Vale - FOREST HILL
Sunday service reintroduced

1939 map

Taken from 1939 Historical Bus Map
Greater London Bus Map

20.11.40
ED
26LT+
25LT
8LT
    3LT/12    
TC
--
--
12STL

Sunday Croydon (TC) allocation introduced

02.04.41
ED
26LT+
25LT
20LT
    3LT/12    

Sunday Croydon (TC) allocation withdrawn - Route 54 allocation moved from Elmers End to Croydon to compensate fro TC loss

20.10.48
ED
36RT
29RT
19RT

LT type replaced by RT

RT3406

RT3406 - upper case blind - roof box - and headed for SHIRLEY PARK HOTEL

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

30.04.58
ED
25RT+
19RT+
12RT
    3RT/12 1RT/194A  

194 times
Scanned from April 1958 Red Book - the complete book is available from the Sales List
14.08.63
ED
22RT
18RT
--

FOREST HILL STN - CROYDON AIRPORT (Mon-Sat)
Sunday service diverted via Shirley Way instead of Wickham Road direct and re-numbered 194C.

31.10.70
ED
18SMS
12SMS
6SMS

FOREST HILL STN - CROYDON AIRPORT
Converted to single deck one person operation and Sunday service re-instated - the Shirley Way routeing covered by new 119B.

06.01.73
ED
19DMS
12DMS
6DMS

Converted to double deck operation.

24.04.85
ED1+
14D
11D
--

FOREST HILL - CROYDON AIRPORT (Mon-Sat)
Sunday service diverted via Shirley Way and renumbered 194A

l199

L199 Croydon

This image available on the
Leyland Olympian download

25.10.86
TC1+
14LS
11LS
--

Elmers End garage closed - allocation transferred to Croydon (TC).
Converted to single deck operation.

14.03.92
TL281+
11T
13T
5T
logo New Contract

FOREST HILL - CROYDON AIRPORT
Garage journeys from Catford (TL) ran out of service.
Sunday service re-introduced replacing withdrawn 194A.

29.06.96
TL281+
11T
12T
8T

FOREST HILL - WEST CROYDON BUS STATION
Diverted at East Croydon via Wellesley Road to West Croydon Bus Station,the withdrawn section replaced by amended 119

31.08.96
TB81+
4T
4T
4T
 
TL281+
8T
9T
5T

Bromley (TB) allocation introduced.

T69

T69 is probably having a crew change at Forest Hill

This image available with the
Titan download

29.08.98
TB81+
12VA
15VA
10VA

Diverted in Shirley via Shirley Way.
Catford (TL) allocation withdrawn.

va130

VA130 West Croydon

This image available with the
Stagecoach  download

02.09.00
TB181+
7VA
6VA
4VA
 
TL281+
7VN
9VN
6VN

Catford (TL) allocation re-introduced.

30.08.03
TC61+
14DW
14DW
8DW
logo Contract reassigned

LOWER SYDENAHM Sainsbury's - WEST CROYDON Bus Station
Withdrawn between Bell Green and Forest Hill and diverted instead to Sainsbury's.

194 map

28.08.10
TC61+
14DW
14DW
8DW

Contract renewal

29.08.15
TC61+
14DW
14DW
8DW

Contract extended for two years

26.08.17
TC61+
14DW
14DW
9DW

LOWER SYDENAHM Sainsbury's - WEST CROYDON Bus Station
Contract renewal

Operating Garages

ED Elmers End
Changeover point outside garage

TC Croydon
Changeover point Swan & Sugar Loaf

Currently West Croydon Bus Station

TL Catford
Forest Hill stand

TB Bromley
Relief point for Bromley on route 194 is mainly Forest Hill on Monday to Saturday - Catford garage for meal reliefs on Sunday. There are a few duties that take over/ finish at Shirley Monks Orchard.
The light running on this route is lengthy - via route 61 to Bromley - 208 to Catford then 75 to Perry Vale and 194 to Forest Hill - returning via 185 Forest Hill to Catford - then 208 and 61.
Some buses also run light to West Croydon.
There were also changeovers TB at West Wickham Swan.

I would like to thank Bob Baker and Russell ( a driver at TL ) for helping out with additional information

 

 

 

194 times live stands Tender Specs 194 fares

 

© Ian Armstrong 2017
Date of edit   Friday, 01.09.17