Detailed drawings of London Transport buses
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As you may have gathered from the animation at the top of this page, I have an interest in some vehicle types operated in the past by London Transport. There was great excitement at my school when it got round that Finchley trolleybus depot was getting new RMLs to replace route 609 with the 104 in November 1961.
Along with a few friends, the events of the trolleybus conversion programme fired my imagination and I found myself travelling all over London learning about bus routes, how they operated and where they went. I also got to learn London quite well as a happy bi-product. This quickly led to learning how to use bus maps and eventually created my career.
My teachers noted that I kept sketching buses, in some detail, in the back of my exercise books. Had I devoted as much attention to the lessons I might have done rather better in my exams.
In 2011 I was given some large scale ‘general arrangement’ drawings of a few Routemaster variants to scan for a good friend. These were now about 50 years old and not especially clear. Once I had scanned them I thought to myself ‘these would look nice in colour’. As referred to in the tile pattern section of this website, the thought ‘wouldn't it be a good idea if...’ got a bit out of hand.
Within this section of the website you can have a close look at the drawings I have done to date. Others are in preparation. I have tried my hardest to make each one authentic, though there are several major problems: most photographs of the vehicles in service are now quite old and nowhere near detailed enough; most are three-quarter front views and of very little help for the perpendicular elevations I have produced; one almost never sees pictures of all four sides of the same vehicle of the same date and almost none are dated anyway; most pictures are black & white; adverts are hard to date where colour images are available; preserved vehicles are often unreliable as a source of detail for understandable reasons.
I would like to thank George Jasieniecki and Laurie Akehurst for their extensive knowledge, patience and help with some particularly arcane detail, and especially to Ian Dyckhoff for his advice on historical detail on all the STL, RT, RF and 832J series drawings.
Constructive criticism is welcome from you too (but don't ask me ‘number spotter’ or technical questions because I am a draughtsman and not an ‘enthusiast’ or an engineer).
Preserved B-Type B340 Preserved B-Type B2737 A1 Diddler Front Entrance STL first livery Trolleybus Tower Wagon Front Entrance STL second livery Front Entrance STL wartime livery BAE Coach Second Livery AEC Regent Early Post-War RT AEC Regent Cravens Post-War RT Cravens and Park Royal Bodies Compared Cravens and Park Royal Bodies Compared J2 Charlton Converted STL Tree Lopper Private Hire RF Coach Green Line RF Coach Crew Operated Central Area RF Crew Operated Country Area RF BAE Coach First Livery Country Area GS Bus – Early 1950s BAE Coach Second Livery Routemaster Prototype RM1 Routemaster Prototype RM2 Breakdown Tender: Railways 1956 Routemaster Prototype CRL4 J2 Aldenham Leyland RTW Experimental RW Coach BEA Coach 3rd Livery Factory Fresh RM AEC Regent Late Post-War RT RM1521-2217 RCL2218-2260 RML2261-2760 (country) One-Man Operation Green Line RF Routemaster Airpoprt Coach FRM1 RML2261-2760 (central) One-Man Operated Red Arrow MBA Country Area GS Bus – Late 1960s Country Area ‘Merlin’ MB Central Area ‘Swift’ SMS Green Line RT Breakdown Tender: Railways c1977 Shop Linker Routemaster London Buses Titan LGOC Titan The New Bus for London LT 150 Year of the Bus Extended RM281

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