Route History

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
at 03.10.34
ED
11NS
14NS
5ST

NORWOOD JUNCTION - Woodside Green - Morland Road - East Croydon - CROYDON Katharine Street

1934 map

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

08.04.36
ED
11NS
14NS
--
 
TC
--
--
6ST

Sunday allocation moved to Croydon (TC)

29.11.39
TC
16STL+
16STL+
12STL
   
1STL/159
1STL/133
--

NORWOOD JUNCTION - Woodside Green - East Croydon - South Croydon - Purley - Kenley - Whytleafe - CATERHAM VALLEY
Extended from Croydon to Caterham Valley via withdrawn Route 75
Elmers End (ED) allocation moved to Croydon (TC)

1940 map

Extract from 1940 historical map drawn by Mike Harris
Greater London Bus Map

11.06.41
TC
16ST
16ST
12ST

Type change

05.05.48
TC
22RT
41RT
28RT

RT type was introduced this day - previously operated by ST type.

RT1309 South Croydon 29.11.58- Peter Relf

Saunders RT1309 complete with roof box and offside route number plate

© Peter Relf

30.04.58
TC
19RT
19RT
13RT

197 times 1958

01.09.64
TC
17RT
17RT
8RM

Sunday RM introduction.

11.11.67
TC
17RT
17RT
6RML

Sunday RML introduction.

27.03.71
TC
13RT
11RT
--

NORWOOD JUNCTION - CATERHAM VALLEY ( Mon-Sat )
Sunday service renumbered 197B and converted to OPO.

20.11.71
TC
13RT
11RM
--

Saturday service converted to RM.

rm1557

RM1557 performing a Saturday duty

This image available with the
Nostalgia 2 download

05.01.74
TC151+
14DMS
13DMS
6DMS

NORWOOD JUNCTION - Cherry Orchard Road - East Croydon - South Croydon - Purley - Kenley - Whyteleafe - CATERHAM VALLEY
DAILY CONVERTED TO OPO.
Sunday re-introduced with 197B withdrawal.

dms2332

DMS2332 is seen at Woodside Green

This image available with the
Nostalgia 2 download

02.06.84
TC151+
10D
10D
3D

NORWOOD JUNCTION - Whyteleafe (MS evgs/Suns) - CATERHAM VALLEY (MS except evgs)
Withdrawn between Whyteleafe and Caterham Valley MS evenings and all day Sunday.

09.08.86
CM
AN
AN
--

Operation transferred to London Country under LRT tendering process
NORWOOD JUNCTION - CROYDON Katharine Street ( Mon-Sat )
Withdrawn between Croydon and Caterham - replaced by new 197A and 197B.

07.09.86
GD
dd
dd
--

London Country was split into 4 operating companies - the 197 being under the control of London Country South West and transferred from Chelsham (CM) to Godstone(GD) at this time

27.06.87
GD
dd
dd
--

NORWOOD JUNCTION - CROYDON Katharine Street (MS except evgs)
MS evgs and early Sat am service withdrawn - at these times Route 197B. was introduced

LR30

LR30 Norwood Junction

© John Parkin

28.10.89
TC351+
5L
5L
--

OPERATED BY LONDON BUSES (South London (TC) )

L257

L257 Norwood Junction stand

This image available on the
Leyland Olympian download

31.08.91
TC351+
6dd
8dd
4dd

NORWOOD JUNCTION - CROYDON Katharine Street
Revised to operate at all times.

M895

M895 Croydon stand

This image available with the
Metrobus download

17.03.01
TC351+
6DLA
6DLA
4DLA

Converted to low floor operation

03.09.05
TC211+
16DLA
14DLA
9DLA

PECKHAM BUS STATION - Peckham Rye - Barry Road - Dulwich - Forest Hill - Dartmouth Road - Kirkdale - Penge - Anerley - Norwood Junction - Woodside Green - Cherry Orchard Road - East Croydon - CROYDON Katharine Street
Extended from Norwood Junction to Peckham via withdrawn section of Route 312.
Contract renewal - Running number sequence exchanged with 312

197 entry
 
2006 map

Extracted from 2007 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map

04.09.10
TC211+
14DLA
14DLA
8DLA

Contract extended for two years

DLA250

DLA250 Katherine Street stand

This image available on Bus Photos page

01.09.12
TC211+
14DW
14DW
8DW

PECKHAM BUS STATION -  CROYDON Katharine Street
Contract renewal

DW99

DW99 crosses Wellesley Road at East Croydon

This image available on Bus Photos page

02.09.17
TC211+
17DW
16DW
9DW

Contract renewal

Operating Garages

TC Croydon
Changeover point at garage
, but some duties at Katherine Street

 

 

 

Current times for Route live stands Tender Specs Route 197 fares

 

© Ian Armstrong 2017
Date of edit   Saturday, 02.09.17