Latest Site Updates
Site Revision: 7th April 2021

In the Historic London Street Furniture section:
- Updated catalogue >
- New explanatory text added for the Public Transport section >
- New Local Authority entries for Edmonton Borough Council, Enfield Fire Brigade, Finchley Borough Council, Hornchurch Urban District Council, Middlesex County Council >
- New Local Authority sections for City of London, St. Pancras Vestry, St. Pancras Borough >
- New Public Utilities entries for Metropolitan Water Board, North Thames Gas Board, South Essex Waterworks >
- New Public Utilities section for the Gas Light & Coke Company >
- New Public Transport entries for London County Council Tramways, London General Omnibus Company, Metropolitan Electric Tramways >
- New Public Transport sections for the Central London Railway, Great Eastern Railway, Great Western Railway, London Transport, London Transport [buses], London Transport [Underground], Metropolitan Railway, Metropolitan & Great Central Joint Committee, Metropolitan & London & North Eastern Joint Committee >
- New section for Traffic Signs Pre-1965 >

Site Revision: 20th January 2021

In the Historic London Street Furniture:
- All locations now have post districts added to the Catalogue >
- New sections added for Edmonton Borough, Enfield Urban District, Leyton Borough; County of London & Brush Provincial Electric Lighting, London Hydraulic Power, North Thames Gas Board, South London Electric Supply; London General Omnibus, London Passenger Transport Board, London & North Eastern Railway, Metropolitan Electric Tramways >
- New entries added to existing Ealing Borough, Edmonton Urban District, Edmonton Borough, Enfield Fire Brigade, London County Council Tramways, Romford Borough, Tottenham Urban District, Tottenham Borough; General Post Office, Metropolitan Water Board, North Metropolitan Electric Supply Co, South Essex Waterworks >

New bus drawings added for:
Leyland TD (Weymann body) >
Leyland TD (Mann Egerton body) >
Metrobus in Airbus livery >

Existing bus drawing titles have been re-named to get better consistency > >

Site Revision: 14th November 2020

In the Historic London Street Furniture:
- All locations now have post districts added to the Catalogue >
- New sections added for Chingford Urban District, Hornchurch Urban District and South Essex Waterworks >
- Over thirty entries added across Edmonton Urban District, Fire Hydrant Markers, General Post Office, Hendon Borough, Hendon Urban District, London County Council Tramways, Metropolitan Drinking Fountain & Cattle Trough Association, New River Company, Southgate Urban District, North Metropolitan Electric Supply Company and Wandsworth Borough Council >

In Founts, Fonts and Typefaces: a new image added of a compositors room >

Site Revision: 25th September 2020

Tidying up with a few corrections and additions to the Historic Street Furniture
section >

Site Revision: 21st September 2020

New section on Historical London Street Furniture with extensive illustrated histories and over 300 photographs >

Site Revision: 21st June 2020

New bus drawings added for:
Leyland Cub Country Area Pre-War: Short Brothers Body >
Leyland Cub Central Area Pre-War: Weymann Body >
Leyland Cub Country Area Post-War: Short Brothers Body >

Minor revisions to STL1478B (1st livery), STL1478B (2nd livery), and STL1470 (wartime livery), in light of new information regarding Metropolitan Stage Carriage licence plates and route number stencils.

Site Revision: 29th April 2020

New bus drawings added for:
Late Evolution Central Area Roof Box STL >
Early Wartime Green Line STL >

Explanatory text to bus drawing section revised >

Site Revision: 23rd March 2020

New bus drawings added for:
BYD ADL Enviro400EV >

Updated London Underground development animation (HD version) >

Site Revision: 26th February 2020

New bus drawings added for:
K-Type Bus >

Johnston Memorial at Farringdon Station:
Revision and additional explanations to text >

Site Revision: 17th December 2019

All maps and drawings that were using Flash have been converted to HTML5, removing the need to have Flash Player installed.
Updated RML drawing >

Site Revision: 18th November 2019

The Ultimate Football League Table
Updated for 2018/19 season >

New bus drawings added for:
Prototype RT1 First Livery >
Prototype RT1 Second Livery >
Mobile Uniform Unit RLH >

Minor amendments to three drawings:
Drawing and text revision concerning rear lights for Rejected Modernized First Livery Green Line RF >
Revisions to drawings and street furniture added for RLH28 > and RLH70 >

AEC Regent Early Post-War RT revised:
RT113 replaced by RT61 as new research has provided better reference; wartime anti-splinter mesh added and minor text amendments.

Site Revision: 23rd September 2019

In the section Detailed Drawings of London Transport Buses, the explanatory text has been expanded >

Revisions to text for Johnston memorial at Farringdon station

New bus drawing added for:
AEC Regent Country Area RLH >
AEC Regent Central Area RLH >
Rejected Modernized First Livery Green Line RF >

Minor revisions to drawings:
Routemaster Airport Coach >
AEC Regent Early Post-War RT >
AEC Regent Cravens Post-War RT >
One-Man Green Line RF >

London’s Underground Edwardian Tile Patterns
A new book has just been published by Capital Transport and called ‘The Birth of the Tubes’. Despite providing accurate corrections to the proofs and as a result having my name entered in the credits, some serious errors have appeared in the final book.

I pointed out that the photograph, now on page 39, was most definitely not Earls Court as stated on the proof, but was of Waterloo. I sent a plan that proved this, which was acknowledged. I am dismayed that this correction has been further uncorrected. The caption states ‘Embankment’ and this is quite wrong. For the avoidance of doubt, the photograph was taken at the southern end of the northbound platform at Waterloo, Bakerloo Railway.

On page 43 is a photograph of a Piccadilly Railway booking hall. With the invaluable assistance of Paul Hadley, I amplified the caption to state this image was of Brompton Road, though the caption remains silent on this in the published book. To compound this omission, on page 60, the caption for the booking hall photograph states the image is of Brompton Road. It is NOT. It is a well-known photograph taken at Russell Square. It looks to me as though the caption on this page ought to have been the second paragraph of the caption for Brompton Road on page 43.

Site Revision: 2nd July 2019

Brief explanation of the methodology on How the Drawings Are Done >

New bus drawing added for:
Leyland RTL >

Minor revisions to drawings:
RF Private Hire Coach >
RML2261 to RML2760 Country >

Site Revision: 26th June 2019

Johnston memorial at Farringdon station >
New short piece on Sir Peter Hendy’s unveiling of the important Edward Johnston memorial sculpture at Farringdon station

Site Revisions: 24th January 2019

New bus drawings added for:
Guy Country Area GS Bus – Early 1950s >
Guy Country Area GS Bus – Late 1960s >
One-Man Operation Country Area ‘Merlin’ MB >
One-Man Operation Central Area ‘Swift’ SMS >
Extended RM281 with ‘Imber’ Blinds >

‘The Ultimate Football League Table’ >
Updated to the beginning of the 2018/19 season

Site Revisions: 4th October 2018

New bus drawings added for:
AEC Regent Country Area Front Entrance STL (first livery) >
AEC Mercury Trolleybus Tower Wagon >
AEC Regent Country Area Front Entrance STL (second livery) >
AEC Regent Country Area Front Entrance STL (wartime livery) >
AEC Regent Tree Lopper >
Shop Linker Routemaster >

New video added for:
Trolleybus Tower Wagon 89Q >

Minor revisions to drawings:
Green Line RF Coach >
Crewe Operated Country Area RF >
One-Man Green Line RF >
One-Man Central Area RF >
Shillibeer Anniversary Routemaster >

Site Revisions: 24th April 2018

Site Revisions:
Dozens of subtle but significant revisions to all RT, RF and Routemaster drawings. General tidying up of many thumbnail and button titles and overall sequence for sense to cope with new drawings; some revisions to text panels on existing drawings.

New bus drawings added for:
Breakdown Tender: Road Services 1950 >
Green Line RF Coach >
Crew Operated Central Area RF >
Crew Operated Country Area RF >
Routemaster Prototype RM2 >
Breakdown Tender: Railways 1956 >
BEA Coach (3rd livery) >
Breakdown Tender: Railways c1977 >

Site Revisions: 12th May 2017
New animation on the Home Page and Existing one moved to Detailed Drawings of London Transport Buses.
Site Revision: 2nd May 2017
Major revision to the Leyland RTW drawing and accompanying text.
Leyland RTW >
Site Revisions: 17th April 2017

A new detailed bus drawing of one of the late 1960s MB series added. There were several variants of these AEC ‘Swift’ single deckers which, although in one fleet number run, included different vehicles based on one theme. The bus depicted is an MBA built for use on the Red Arrow group of routes.

The Red Arrow was to become a branded network all of its own with a flat fare and very limited intermediate stops. Passengers entered at the front and paid via a coin-in-the-slot and then pushed through one of two three-armed turnstile. Exit was via the centre doors. One-man operation, flat fares, and separate entrance/exit are all routine now, but these were significant innovations then.
One-Man Operated Red Arrow MBA >

‘Maps, Photographs and Boundary Markers’ main map updated with two new entries.
Maps photographs and boundary markers >
Site Revisions: 8th February 2017
Video Talk: Bus Blinds and the Typographic Challenges
Following the gradual phasing in of my new blind displays I was invited to give a short to talk at TfL’s Surface Transport offices in May 2016. This led to an invite to give an expanded version to The Sign Design Society on 10th November 2016. This was live streamed at the time and later made available only to their members. With their kind permission you can now watch and listen by clicking on the button below.
The talk is illustrated with 45 slides. I explain the importance of legibility of these displays on the front and side of the buses and why I designed four new interpretations of the wonderful Johnston typeface specifically for the purpose. I explain the huge limitations the space available on the bus presents and how the well-meaning Disability & Discrimination Act (DDA) fails to understand the problem, as do those who are unthinkingly deferential to it. About 6,500,000 bus journeys are made in London every day and every one of them starts by the passenger trying to read the blinds.
The video will open on Youtube, where you can set it to play at full screen for best effect. Watch the video >
Founts, Fonts and Typefaces
This new piece of writing was needed to help calm me down (it didn’t work). I have tried to explain how some long-standing professional expressions have been badly damaged in recent years and why I think it is important the current generation of computer users understand their true meanings. I have no chance of changing anything but thought the kind of visitors to my site might like to know where these expressions came from and what they actually meant. The piece is necessarily quite short and glosses over hundreds of years of history but I hope is nevertheless a wee bit insightful.
Founts, Fonts and Typefaces >
New detailed bus drawings
The obsessiveness continues. A new drawing has been created depicting the short-lived and highly non-standard Cravens bodied RTs from the early post-ward era. Other than the cab, nothing of these bodies was interchangeable with any others in the fleet. Allied to this drawing I have provided a comparison with the standard vehicles.
AEC Regent Cravens Post-War RT >
Cravens and Park Royal Bodies Compared >
Another completely new drawing for this site is for prototype Green Line Routemaster CRL4. After extensive testing in service this bus led a few years’ later to a fleet of 68 luxury coaches numbered 1453 to 1520. These were designated as ‘RMC’ and CRL4 was brought into line as RMC4. The text allied to the CRL4 drawing explains the many changes made for the main fleet in the light of experience gained with the prototype.
Prototype Routemaster CRL4 >
Through on-going research and with the kind input from Roy Gould, some subtle amendments have been made to both the BEA Coach drawings and text.
BEA Coach First Livery >
BEA Coach Second Livery >
Some minor presentational amendments have been made for four drawings.
Early Post-War RT >
Later Post-War RT >
Green Line RT >
Factory Fresh RM >
Site Revision: 7th September 2016
New bus drawings added for early post-war RT and later post-war RT; significant revisions to pre-war RT and accompanying text; additional illustrations and text to Bus Blinds article.
Site Revision: 1st August 2016
‘Maps, Photographs and Boundary Markers’ revised with new entry.
Site Revision: 24th June 2016
New bus drawings added for: AEC Regent Pre-War RT; BEA Coach (first livery); BEA Coach (second livery); One-Man Uperation Green Line RF;
‘The Ultimate Football League Table’ updated to the beginning of the 2016/17 season;
‘London Underground Historical Map’ notification of new, ninth, edition.
Site Revision: 16th June 2016
New article on London’s bus blinds and typography in general.
Site Revision: 31st March 2016
‘Maps, Photographs and Boundary Markers’ revised with new entry.
Site Revision: 23rd March 2016
‘Maps, Photographs and Boundary Markers’ major revision with several new markers added, with thanks for assistance from The Finchley Society.
Site Revision: 19th January 2016
Boundary markers map updated; new detailed bus drawings added for two Leyland Titans and ‘Factory Fresh’ Routemaster.
Site Revision: 14th September 2015
New article with photographs and maps in Other Sections describing historical boundary markers, and cross-referenced to a major work at Mike Horne’s website.

New detailed bus drawing for RTW467.
Site Revision: 22nd May 2015

New detailed bus drawings added for B-Type in First World War khaki livery and experimental one-man operated pay-as-you-enter RW3.

New illustrated historical article in Other Sections describing conventional mapping techniques before computers.

Site Revision: 23rd October 2014
New detailed bus drawing added for B-Type; minor revision to RT3254 drawing.
Site Revision: 21st July 2014
Three new detailed bus drawings added for: RF Private Hire Coach, Green Line RT and LT150 Year of the Bus.
Site revision: 12th December 2013
Several new detailed bus drawings added: RM1521 to RM2217, RCL2218 to RCL2260, RML2261 to RML2760 (central area), FRM1, BEA Routemaster coach, LT24 New Bus for London; the Routemaster Exterior Design Development drawing has been re-vamped with dates added; all existing drawings now have window glass shading added.
Site revision: 24th March 2013
New detailed Routemaster bus drawing added for country bus area RML2434.
Site revision: 22nd February 2013
Two new detailed Routemaster bus drawings added for the Shillibeer 150th anniversary of the first horse bus service in London in 1829.
Site revision: 15th November 2012
Two new detailed bus drawings added for London Transport 50th anniversary celebrations: RM1933 in mock LGOC livery and RM1983 in gold. Several subtle improvements made to all other Routemaster drawings and “Illustrated Routemaster Design History”.
Site revision: 13th September 2012
New section added showing the exterior styling evolution of London Transport Routemasters from the first production vehicles to the last. Three new detailed bus drawings added for trolleybus on route 521, RF503 and RMF1254. All other drawings enhanced with subtle details added, such as PSV and road fund disks.
Site revision: 24th July 2012
New section called ‘Detailed Drawings of London Transport Buses’ with a variety of vehicles depicted and a zoom function for close inspection. Further drawings are in preparation.
Site revision: 18th June 2012

‘The Ultimate Football League Table’ has been fully updated for the beginning of the 2012/13 season.

‘Underground History Video Animated Maps’ has been revised 1907 to 1923 to correct the Northern Line city branch link between Euston and Camden Town.

Site revision: 15th June 2012
New home page graphics added.
Site revision: 10th March 2011
Underground History Video Animated Maps now viewable full screen and Zoomable Maps made larger.
Site revision: 21st January 2011
General improvement to the style of all content pages and graphics, to make them easier to read; several illustrations added to Recommended Further Reading entries.
Site revision: 11th October 2010
The Section ‘The Ultimate Football League Table’ has been updated to include season 2009/10.
Site revision: 9th August 2010
The Section ‘Helvetica: The Case Against’ has been expanded.
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