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

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Sunday Croydon (TC) allocation withdrawn - Route 54 allocation moved from Elmers End to Croydon to compensate fro TC loss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 - upper case blind - roof box - and headed for SHIRLEY PARK HOTEL

 

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

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.


DMS651 seen at Croydon Airport April 1981

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24.04.85
ED1+
14D
11D
--

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

 

 

 

D2599 Croydon High Street

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25.10.86
TC1+
14LS
11LS
--

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

LS146 (TC) East Croydon Station May 1990

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L240 (TC) Croydon High Street

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14.03.92
TL281+
11T
13T
5T
New Contract

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Sunday service re-introduced replacing withdrawn 194A.

 

 

T759 Croydon High Street April 1992

busmap.co.uk

 


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.

 

 

 

T813 Beckenham Road

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29.08.98
TB81+
12VA
15VA
10VA

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Catford (TL) allocation withdrawn.

 

 

VA130 West Croydon

 

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

Catford (TL) allocation re-introduced.

30.08.03
TC61+
14DW
14DW
8DW
Contract reassigned

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Withdrawn between Bell Green and Forest Hill and diverted instead to Sainsbury's.


28.08.10
TC61+
14DW
14DW
8DW

Contract renewal

  DLA135 CROYDON
29.08.15
TC61+
14DW
14DW
8DW

Contract extended for two years

  T50 at Croydon
26.08.17
TC61+
14DW
14DW
9DW

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

09.12.17
TC61+
15DW
14DW
10DW

Schedule changes

  DW96 Lower Sydenham

Operating Garages

ED Elmers End
Changeover point outside garage

TC Croydon
Changeover point Swan & Sugar Loaf
until 28.06.96
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

 

 

 

 

© Ian Armstrong 2019
Date of edit   Wednesday, 03.04.19