Latest Site Updates
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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