Route History

03.10.34
SP
5ST
5ST
4ST

ELTHAM Well Hall Station - Well Hall Road - Eltham High Street - New Eltham - Green Lane,  Chislehurst - St Pauls Cray Rd,  - ORPINGTON Maxwell Arms
Prior to this date had been numbered 610

Taken from 1934 map drawn by Mike Harris
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Clck image to expand

17.04.35
SP
5ST
5ST
8ST

LEWISHAM Rennell Street ( Suns ) - Lee Green - ELTHAM Well Hall Station ( Mon-Sat ) - ORPINGTON Maxwell Arms ( Mon-Sat ) - Crofton Road - Locks Bottom - Farnborough - GREEN STREET GREEN ( Suns )
Sunday extended at both ends - Eltham to Lewisham and Orpington to Green Street Green

02.10.35
SP
5ST
5ST
8ST

ELTHAM Well Hall Station  - ORPINGTON Maxwell Arms
Sunday extensions withdrawn

08.04.36
SP
5LT
5LT
8LT

LEWISHAM Rennell Street ( Suns ) - ELTHAM Well Hall Station ( Mon-Sat ) - ORPINGTON Maxwell Arms ( Mon-Sat ) - GREEN STREET GREEN ( Suns )
Sunday extended at both ends - Eltham to Lewisham and Orpington to Green Street Green

07.10.36
SP
5LT
5LT
4LT

ELTHAM Well Hall Station  - ORPINGTON Maxwell Arms
Sunday extensions withdrawn

24.03.37
SP
5LT
5LT
7LT

LEWISHAM Rennell Street ( Suns ) - ELTHAM Well Hall Station ( Mon-Sat ) - ORPINGTON Maxwell Arms
Sunday extended from Eltham to Lewisham

06.10.37
SP
5LT
5LT
5LT

ELTHAM Well Hall Station  - ORPINGTON Maxwell Arms
Sunday extensions withdrawn

13.04.38
SP
5LT
5LT
7LT

LEWISHAM Rennell Street ( Suns ) - ELTHAM Well Hall Station ( Mon-Sat ) - ORPINGTON Maxwell Arms
Sunday extended from Eltham to Lewisham

12.10.38
SP
5LT
5LT
5LT

ELTHAM Well Hall Station  - ORPINGTON Maxwell Arms
Sunday extensions withdrawn

03.05.39
SP
6LT
6LT
9LT

ELTHAM Well Hall Station  - Orpington - Crofton Road - Locks Bottom - BROMLEY GARAGE ( Mon-Sat ) - Bromley South - BROMLEY NORTH STATION ( Suns )
Mon-Sat extended from Orpington to Bromley garage and further extended on Sundays to Bromley North

15.05.40
SP
6LT
8LT
7LT

ELTHAM Well Hall Station  - BROMLEY GARAGE ( Mon-Fri ) - - BROMLEY NORTH STATION ( Sat / Sun )
Sat extended from Bromley Garage to Bromley North

30.10.40
SP
6LT
7LT
6LT

ELTHAM Well Hall Station  - BROMLEY GARAGE
Withdrawn between Bromley Garage and Bromley North

03.04.44
SP
5LT
5LT
6LT
 
TB
2STL
2STL
--

ELTHAM Well Hall Station  - BROMLEY GARAGE
Mon-Sat Bromley (TB) allocation added


12.11.47
SP
5LT
5LT
4LT
 
TB
6STL
6STL
4STL

ELTHAM Well Hall Station  - BROMLEY GARAGE
Sunday Bromley (TB) allocation added

24.03.48
TB
11STL
11STL
10STL

ELTHAM Well Hall Station  - BROMLEY GARAGE
Sidcup (SP) allocation withdrawn

Taken from 1949 Red Book

11.10.50
TB
10RT
10RT
8RT

ELTHAM Well Hall Station  - BROMLEY GARAGE
RT type introduced

14.05.52
TB
10RT
13RT
8RT


02.05.56
TB
11RT
13RT
8RT

WELL HALL STATION  -  BROMLEY GARAGE
Diverted in Chislehurst via Edgbury  & Belmont Lane instead of via Green Lane direct.

16.10.57
TB
13RT
14RT
7RT

ELTHAM - BROMLEY GARAGE (Sun am) - BROMLEY NORTH STN. (Mon-Sat / Sun pm)
Mon-Sat and Sun pm extended from Bromley Garage to Bromley North

Saunders RT1699 advertising 35 Cadets ciggies for 2/10d ( 14p)

© Jeff Lloyd


30.04.58
TB
13RT
14RT
7RT

1958 first and last times

10.07.66
TB
13RT
14RT
7RT

ELTHAM - BROMLEY GARAGE (Sun am) - BROMLEY NORTH STN. (Mon-Sat / Sun pm)
Diverted in Eltham via Southend Crescent

31.12.66
TB
13RT
7RT
5RT

ELTHAM Well Hall -BROMLEY NORTH STN.
Sunday am extended from Bromley Garage to Bromley North.

15.07.72
TB131+
13DMS
6DMS
4DMS

ELTHAM (Mon-Fri/Sun) - CHISLEHURST Gordon Arms (Sat) - BROMLEY NORTH STN
CONVERTED TO ONE PERSON OPERATION
Saturday withdrawn between Chislehurst and Eltham replaced by Route 227


18.05.74
TB131+
13DMS
9DMS
4DMS

ELTHAM Well Hall - BROMLEY NORTH STN.
Saturday Route between Chislehurst and Eltham re-introduced


DMS1435 Bromley North Station, May 1979

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29.09.79
TB131+
14LS
9LS
6LS

ELTHAM Well Hall - BROMLEY NORTH STN.
Converted to single deck operation

 

LS389 Orpington High Street , June 1982

 


16.08.86
MB
dd
dd
dd
Operation transferred to Metrobus under LRT tendering process

ELTHAM (Sun) - CHISLEHURST Gordon Arms (Mon-Sat) - BROMLEY NORTH STATION.
Monday-Saturday withdrawn between Chislehurst and Eltham replaced by new 61B Route.


19.01.91
MB21+
dd
dd
dd

CHISLEHURST - BROMLEY NORTH STATION
Sunday only Route between Chislehurst and Eltham replaced by revisions to Route 228/328.

 

Ex London Transport Daimler Fleetline Bromley North 1986

 


02.12.95
SJ
11dd
11dd
3dd
Contract reassigned

First 218 This Volvo Olympian with Northern Counties Palatine body was new to Capital Citybus in October 1998, which was three months after the company had been sold to First. It is seen here running on route 61 during Bromley Garage's open day.

03.03.96
R
11V
10V
4DP

CHISLEHURST - BROMLEY NORTH STATION
Converted to Olympian operation

DP12 Bromley North

01.12.01
R
12V
11V
5V

CHISLEHURST - BROMLEY NORTH STATION
Increased service

V4 Bromley North

02.12.06
TB201+
9E
8E
5E
Contract passed to Selkent operated with new Enviro 400 type buses.

17428 stands in for an Enviro at Chislehurst Common

30.03.09
TB201+
12E
10E
8E

CHISLEHURST Gordon Arms - War Memorial - St Pauls Cray Road - Leesons Hill - Cray Avenue - Poverest Road - Orpington - Locks Bottom - BROMLEY NORTH STATION
Diverted via St Mary Cray because of railway bridge closure in Chislehurst Road

03.12.11
TB201+
11E
10E
7E
Contract renewal

CHISLEHURST  -  BROMLEY NORTH
Contract renewal

01.12.12
TB201+
11E
10E
7E

CHISLEHURST  -  BROMLEY NORTH
Diversion via St Mary Cray withdrawn

19137 Bromley

19137 Bromley High Street

© Mark McWalter


Taken from 2014 map drawn by Mike Harris
busmap.co.uk

01.12.18
TB201+
11E
9E
7E

BROMLEY NORTH  -  CHISLEHURST
Contract renewal

19835 Orpington

© jamjar1998

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Taken from 2019 map drawn by Mike Harris
busmap.co.uk

Operating Garages

SP Sidcup
Changeover point Well Hall Station ?

TB Bromley
Changeover point Bromley Garage.

SJ Swanley
Changeover point as below

Y  LiveOrpington Base
The changeover point for buses towards Bromley North is at Orpington Pond (Carlton Parade)
Towards Chislehurst is Goodmead Road.

Early and Late journeys run dead to and from (Y) -:
to start or finish at either Chislehurst or Bromley North.

(As far as I know the same points would have been used while the Garage was at Swanley - with ferry cars transporting drivers)
Some extra info for you (thought it may be of interest)

Orpington has a fleet of ferry cars which take the drivers to/from the changeover points at Orpington pond/Goodmead Rd for routes 61,R1,R3,R4,and R11.These are actual duties and are covered by drivers stood down usually for medical reasons.
(You should see the duty card something like 18-20 rounders).

This page dedicated to Paul Bishop.

 

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Date of edit   Wednesday, 30.06.21