Route History

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
at 03.10.34
T
55LT
53LT
37LT

VICTORIA STATION - Hyde Park Corner - Piccadilly Circus - Bloomsbury - Rosebery Avenue - Angel - Essex Road - Balls Pond Road - Dalston Junction - Dalston Lane - Graham Road  - Hackney Station  -  Clapton Pond  -  Lea Bridge Road - Leyton - Hoe Street - Crooked Billet - Chingford Mount - The Ridgeway - Chingford Stn - CHINGFORD Royal Forest Hotel

05.12.34
D
2LT
2LT
--
 
T
55LT
53LT
37LT

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD Royal Forest Hotel
Mon-Sat Dalston (D) allocation added

30.01.35
D
2LT
--
--
 
T
55LT
55LT
37LT

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD Royal Forest Hotel
Saturday Dalston (D) allocation withdrawn

17.04.35
D
2LT
--
--
 
T
55LT
55LT
44LT

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD ( Mon-Sat)  -  Rangers Road  -  EPPING FOREST Wake Arms ( Summer Sundays )
Sunday extended from Chingford to Epping Forest

09.06.35
AR
--
--
12STL
 
D
2LT
--
--
 
T
55LT
54LT
44LT

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD ( Mon-Fri / Sat am)  -  EPPING FOREST Wake Arms ( Summer Sat pm / Suns )
Sat pm extended from Chingford to Epping Forest
Sunday Tottenham (AR) allocation added

11.09.35
AR
--
--
12STL
 
D
10STL
--
--
 
T
56LT
54LT
44LT

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD ( Mon-Fri / Sat am)  -  EPPING FOREST Wake Arms ( Summer Sat pm / Suns )
Mon-Fri Dalston (D) allocation increased and converted to STL operation
The increase would have compensated for Route 166 ( London Bridge & Aldwych ) which was transferred to West Green

02.10.35
D
10STL
--
11STL
 
T
56LT
52LT+
26LT
      1LT/38A  

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD
Sunday Dalston (D) allocation added , Tottenham (AR) withdrawn
Suspended between Chingford and Epping Forest for winter months

08.04.36
D
10STL
--
11STL
 
T
56LT
52LT+
35LT
      1LT/38A  

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD ( Mon-Sat)  -  EPPING FOREST Wake Arms ( Summer Sundays )
Sunday extended from Chingford to Epping Forest

10.05.36
D
10STL
--
11STL
 
T
56LT
52LT+
36LT
      1LT/38A  

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD ( Mon-Fri / Sat am)  -  Rangers Road -  Epping New Road -  Manor Road  -  Loughton High Road  -  Goldings Hill  -  EPPING FOREST ( Summer Sat pm / Suns )
Diverted betwen Chingford and Wake Arms via Loughton
Sat pm extended from Chingford to Epping Forest

31.05.36
AR
--
--
13STL
 
D
10STL
--
11STL
 
T
56LT
52LT+
36LT
      1LT/38A  

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD ( Mon-Fri / Sat am)  -  EPPING FOREST ( Summer Sat pm / Suns )
Sunday only Tottenham (AR) allocation reintroduced

10.08.36
VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD ( Mon-Fri / Sat am)  -  Rangers Road -  Epping New Road - EPPING FOREST ( Summer Sat pm / Suns )
Diversion via Loughton withdrawn

07.10.36
D
10STL
--
11STL
 
T
56LT
54LT+
28LT
      1LT/38A  

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD RFH
Suspended between Chingford and Epping Forest for winter months

28.03.37
D
10STL
--
--
 
T
56LT
52LT+
44LT
      1LT/38A  

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD ( Mon-Sat)  -  EPPING FOREST Wake Arms ( Summer Sundays )
Sunday extended from Chingford to Epping Forest
Sunday Dalston (D) allocation withdrawn

31.05.37
D
10STL
--
12STL
 
T
56LT
55LT+
44LT
      1LT/38A  

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD ( Mon-Sat)  -  EPPING FOREST Wake Arms ( Summer Sundays )
SAT pm extended from Chingford to Epping Forest
Sunday Dalston (D) allocation reinstated

06.10.37
D
10STL
--
18STL
 
T
56LT
55LT+
28LT
      1LT/38A  

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD RFH
Suspended between Chingford and Epping Forest for winter months
The Sat pm service to Epping Forest never operated again

17.04.38
D
21STL
--
13STL
 
T
58LT
56LT
31LT

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD ( Mon-Sat)  -  EPPING FOREST Wake Arms ( Summer Sundays )
Sunday extended from Chingford to Epping Forest

03.08.38
D
--
--
25STL
 
T
53LT
14ST
45LT
11ST
31LT

Mon-Fri Dalston (D) allocation withdrawn.
The 30 was transferred to Hackney (H) and the 67 transferred from Hackney to Dalston to complete the circle

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
16.10.38
T
49LT
18ST
40LT
16ST
40LT

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD RFH
Suspended between Chingford and Epping Forest for winter months
Sunday only Dalston (D) allocation withdrawn

09.04.39
T
44LT
23ST
36LT
20ST
44LT

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD ( Mon-Sat)  -  EPPING FOREST Wake Arms ( Summer Sundays )
Sunday extended from Chingford to Epping Forest

07.05.39
D
--
--
12STL
 
T
44LT
23ST
36LT
23ST
44LT

Sunday only Dalston (D) allocation reintroduced

06.12.39
t
37LT
37LT
22LT

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD RFH
Suspended between Chingford and Epping Forest for winter months
Sunday only Dalston (D) allocation withdrawn

20.03.40
GM
--
--
13STL
 
T
37LT
37LT
22LT

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD ( Mon-Sat)  -  EPPING FOREST Wake Arms ( Summer Sundays )
Sunday extended from Chingford to Epping Forest
Sunday only Gillingham Street (GM) allocation introduced

24.10.40
GM
--
--
13STL
 
T
36LT
37LT
24LT
Express
T
11PROV
11PROV
--

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD ( Mon-Sat)  -  EPPING FOREST Wake Arms ( Summer Sundays )
EXPRESS SERVICE : CHINGFORD - all stops to Bakers Arms then limited stop to BLOOMSBURY SQUARE
Mon-Sat peaks express service introduced using provincial buses

20.11.40
T
36LT
37LT
24LT
Express
T
11PROV
11PROV
--

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD RFH
EXPRESS SERVICE : CHINGFORD - all stops to Bakers Arms then limited stop to BLOOMSBURY SQUARE
Suspended between Chingford and Epping Forest for winter months
Sunday only Gillingham Street (GM) allocation withdrawn

19.03.41
T
36LT
37LT
24LT

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD RFH
EXPRESS service withdrawn

06.04.41
GM
--
--
13STL
 
T
42LT
43LT
24LT

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD ( Mon-Sat)  -  EPPING FOREST Wake Arms ( Summer Sundays )
Sunday extended from Chingford to Epping Forest
Sunday only Gillingham Street (GM) allocation reintroduced

29.10.41
T
36LT
37LT
24LT

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD RFH
Suspended between Chingford and Epping Forest for winter months
Sunday only Gillingham Street (GM) allocation withdrawn

29.03.42
GM
--
--
12STL
 
T
36LT
37LT
23LT

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD ( Mon-Sat)  -  EPPING FOREST Wake Arms ( Summer Sundays )
Sunday extended from Chingford to Epping Forest
Sunday only Gillingham Street (GM) allocation reintroduced

08.04.42
GM
--
--
12STL
 
T
36LT
37LT
21LT

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD RFH
WITHDRAWN between Chingford and Epping Forest until 1946

28.10.42
T
36LT
37LT
23LT

Sunday only Gillingahm Street (GM) withdrawn for good

05.05.43
T
36LT
36LT
32LT

VICTORIA  -  Piccadilly Circus  -  Angel  -  Balls Pond Road  -  Dalston Junction  -  Hackney Downs  -  Pembury Road  -  Clapton  -  Leyton  -  Walthamstow  -  CHINGFORD Royal Forest Hotel
Rerouted between Dalston Junction and Clapton Pond via Pembury Road instead of Graham Road

26.05.46
T
45LT
44LT
43LT

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD ( Mon-Sat)  -  EPPING FOREST Wake Arms ( Summer Sundays )
Sunday extended from Chingford to Epping Forest

09.10.46
T
45LT
44LT
32LT

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD RFH
Suspended between Chingford and Epping Forest for winter months

30.04.47
T
45LT
44LT
45LT

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD ( Mon-Sat)  -  EPPING FOREST Wake Arms ( Summer Sundays )
Sunday extended from Chingford to Epping Forest

12.11.47
T
45LT
44LT
22LT
10RT

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD RFH
Suspended between Chingford and Epping Forest for winter months
RT type appeared for first time

09.05.48
T
45LT
44LT
33LT
10RT

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD ( Mon-Sat)  -  EPPING FOREST Wake Arms ( Summer Sundays )
Sunday extended from Chingford to Epping Forest

20.10.48
T
36LT
9ST
35LT
9ST
22LT
10RT

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD RFH
Suspended between Chingford and Epping Forest for winter months

Taken from October 1946 Red Book

13.04.49
T
36LT
9ST
35LT
9ST
35LT
10RT

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD ( Mon-Sat)  -  EPPING FOREST Wake Arms ( Summer Sundays )
Sunday extended from Chingford to Epping Forest

26.10.49
T
31RT
14LT
30RT
14LT
32RT

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD RFH
Suspended between Chingford and Epping Forest for winter months
RT type introduced on a daily basis

03.05.50
T
49RT
44RT
47RT

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD ( Mon-Sat)  -  EPPING FOREST Wake Arms ( Summer Sundays )
Sunday extended from Chingford to Epping Forest

Taken from May 1950 allocation book, which is available for sale

06.07.52
T
48RT
44RT
47RT

Taken from 1952 map drawn by Mike Harris
busmap.co.uk

19.05.54
T
48RT
44RT
38RT
 
D
--
--
9RTL

VICTORIA  -  CHINGFORD ( Mon-Sat)  -  EPPING FOREST Wake Arms ( Summer Sundays )
Dalston (D) allocation added on Summer Sundays.

Taken from May 1955 Red Book

30.04.58
T
49RT
43RT
34RT
 
D
--
--
8RTL


Taken from April 1958 Red Book


05.10.58
T
49RT
43RT
32RT

VICTORIA STATION - CHINGFORD Royal Forest Hotel 
Dalston Summer Sunday only allocation withdrawn for good.

10.04.65
T
49RT
43RT
32RT

VICTORIA STATION - CHINGFORD Royal Forest Hotel  -  EPPING FOREST Wake Arms ( Suns )
Sunday extended from Chingford to Epping Forest for the last time


03.10.65
T
46RT
32RT
20RT

VICTORIA STATION - CHINGFORD Royal Forest Hotel
Summer Sunday projection from Chingford to Epping Forest withdrawn for good.

 

RT1933 Walthamstow

 


07.09.68
T
69RT
43RT
22RT

VICTORIA STATION - Hyde Park Corner - Piccadilly Circus - Bloomsbury - Rosebery Avenue - Angel - Essex Road - Balls Pond Road - Dalston Junction - Dalston Lane - Graham Road - Hackney Station - Clapton - Lea Bridge Road - Leyton - Hoe Street - WALTHAMSTOW GARAGE
Withdrawn between Walthamstow Garage and Chingford - replaced by extension of Route 69 and 262 to Chingford Station
Diverted between Dalston and Clapton via Graham Road instead of Pembury Road - withdrawn section replaced by Route 48

Route increased to compensate for loss of Route 38A.

A study of the above shows that there were 40bph between Bloomsbury and Dalston Junction in the MF peaks
25.10.69
CT
21RT
9RT
--
 
T
31RT
24RT
17RT

VICTORIA - LEYTON GREEN
Withdrawn between Leyton and Walthamstow Garage - this section replaced by New Route 55
M0n-Sat Clapton (CT) allocation added.

16.01.71
CT
21RM
6RM
--
 
T
30RM/1RT
23RM
17RM

VICTORIA - LEYTON GREEN
Routemasters introduced at both sheds.

05.01.74
CT
15RM
9RM
4RM
 
T
32RM
20RM
12RM

VICTORIA - LEYTON GREEN
Sunday (CT) allocation introduced.

11.10.75
CT
8RM
4RM
--
 
T
37RM
23RM
15RM

VICTORIA - LEYTON GREEN
Sunday (CT) allocation withdrawn.

31.03.79
T
46RM
24RM
15RM

VICTORIA - LEYTON GREEN
Clapton (CT) allocation withdrawn.

 

RM1676 Angel - Islington

 


04.09.82
T
38RML
22RML
12RML

VICTORIA - LEYTON GREEN
Daily RML type introduced.

 

RML2706 dressed for tourist trade at Clapton Pond

 


06.06.87
T
40RML
30RML
18T

VICTORIA - LEYTON GREEN
Sunday only OPO introduced.

Taken from 1987 allocation book which is part of a set for sale

24.02.90
CT
41RML
24RML
--
 
T
--
--
15T

VICTORIA - CLAPTON POND ( Mon-Sat ) - LEYTON GREEN(Sunday garage journeys)
MS crew operation transferred to Clapton (CT)

T738 Piccadilly Bus Lane

 


19.07.97
CT
41RML
23RML
18L

VICTORIA - CLAPTON POND
Sunday (T) allocation withdrawn thus withdrawn between Clapton Pond and Leyton (T)

 

L326 Clapton

 


02.06.02
CT
41RML
23RML
18RML

VICTORIA - CLAPTON POND
Sunday reverted to crew operation.

RML2716 in Amnesty International livery

 


20.07.02
CT101+
50RML
34RML
23RML

VICTORIA - CLAPTON POND
Frequency increased

29.10.05
AE101+
42MA
34MA
23MA

VICTORIA - CLAPTON POND
Converted to OPO Artic operation and parked overnight at Ash Grove but still administrated from Clapton (CT)

MA82 Balls Pond Road

 


14.11.09
CT201+
70DW/T
51DW/T
35DW/T

VICTORIA - CLAPTON POND
Reverted to double deck operation and allocation parked at Clapton (CT)


27.02.12
CT201+
68DW
51DW
35DW
 
AE51+
5LT
5LT
4LT

VICTORIA - CLAPTON POND
Supplementary service added with new NBFL ( Borismaster ) between Hackney Central and Victoria

DW245 Hyde Park Corner

 


10.05.14
CT201+
55LT
50LT
34LT
 
AE51+
4LT
4LT
3LT

VICTORIA - CLAPTON POND
Route converted to TBFL (LT)
Conductor operation revised to work only between Mildmay Park and Vicroria

 

LT212 has just left the Clapton Pond stand

 


29.09.14
CT201+
59LT
54LT
37LT

VICTORIA - CLAPTON POND
Ash Grove (AE) allocation moved to Clapton (CT) although running numbers 51-54 will remain until next schedule change

15.11.14
CT201+
59LT
54LT
37LT

VICTORIA - CLAPTON POND
Contract extended for two years

05.11.16
CT201+
59LT
54LT
37LT

VICTORIA - CLAPTON POND
Contract renewal

I am not a great lover of different liveries on London Buses but in the case of LT2 I will make an exception - very pleasing to the eye captured here in New Oxford Street by

© Robert Donaldson


13.11.20
CT201+
44LT
46LT
39LT

VICTORIA - CLAPTON POND
Contract extended for two years

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Current Blind



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Operating Garages

T Leyton
Changeover point Baker's Arms

CT Clapton
Changeover point outside garage and Mildmay Park

D Dalston
Changeover point Dalston Junction ?

AE Ash Grove
Changeover point outside CT Clapton garage.

AR Tottenham
Changeover point not known

GM Gillingham Street
Changeover point Victoria Station

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