Route History

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
07.09.68
L
13RT
7RT
6RT

WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL STN - Leyton - Whipps Cross - Woodford - Woodford Wells - LOUGHTON STATION
Route re-introduced partly replacing  former 38A

20 times
Scanned from September 1968 Red Book
RT4463

RT4463 seen at Walthamstow ?

Part of Jeff Lloyd collection
Photographer unknown

14.06.69
L
12MB
8MB
6MB

Converted to single deck One Person Operation
WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL STN
- EPPING TOWN - EPPING St Margarets Hospital (daily journeys)
Extended from Loughton to Epping via former 20B

MB395

MB395 with the "To & From Epping Forest" in the windscreen

This image available on the
Single Deck CD

24.04.76
L
10DMS
8DMS
6DMS

Converted to double deck DMS operation.

09.10.76
L1+
8DMS
8DMS
4DMS

WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL STN - Leyton - Whipps Cross - Woodford Wells - Loughton - Chester Road - DEBDEN BROADWAY
Re-routed at Loughton via Chester Road to Debden Broadway.

28.01.82
L1+
8T
8T
6T

DMS type replaced by Leyland Titan.

04.09.82
L1+
9LS
8LS
3LS

WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL - DEBDEN BROADWAY (loop via Debden Est or Rectory Lane)
SDO jnys diverted to West Hatch School

LS159

Leyland National LS159 outside Loughton Garage

© John Parkin

 

24.05.86
EN
dd
dd
dd
LOGO Contract reassigned

L allocation transferred to Eastern National
WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL STN - Leyton - Whipps Cross - Woodford Wells - Loughton - Debden Estate - DEBDEN STATION
Operation transferred to Eastern Nation under LRT/Essex County Council tendering process.
Loop working between Goldings Hill and Debden Station withdrawn.

1911

Thamesway 1911 is seen at Loughton Station

This image available on the
First London download

 

07.03.92
DX
8sd
7sd
3sd
logo Contract reassigned
885 966
Volvo East Lancs 855 at the Walthamstow stand
Dennis Dart Alexander ALX200 966 at Loughton Station

01.06.98
DX51+
8sd
8sd
3sd
H
dd
--
--
 
NP
3dd
--
-

Capital Citybus introduced - covering school journeys only 

20 map
Scanned from 1997 leaflet
click map to enlarge
139 965
Capital Citybus139 loads at Woodford Green the school children the double deck journey was intended for
Normally gracing the streets of Bermondsey and Peckham ADL965 sets off for a run into Essex from Walthamstow Central
23.04.01
DX51+
8sd
8sd
5sd
School Journeys
NP
3dd
--
--
logo First Capital (H) allocation withdrawn.
tn817 PDL35
TN817 waits at Debden for one of the Mon-Fri SDO journeys
Dennis Dart Plaxton Pointer 2 PDL35 at Loughton Station
09.03.02
DX51+
8sd
3dd
8sd
5sd

First Capital SDO journeys transferred to Arriva

L523

Leyland Olympian Northern Counties L523 seen at "The Castle"

This image available on the
Leyland Olympian download


26.04.03
DX51+
11VLW
11VLW
6VLW

Converted to low floor double deck operation.

VLA129

Normally seen on Route 128 - VLA129 wanders onto our route at Woodford Green Autumn 2005. Also unusual is the short working to Debden Estate

This image available on the
Arriva download

29.01.07
DX51+
10VLW
10VLW
6VLW

Terminal at Debden changed to Vere Road instead of Burton Road

vlw106

Wright Eclipse Gemini VLW106 at Woodford Green

This image available on the
Arriva download

24.03.07
EC51+
10DLA
10DLA
5DLA

New contract commenced and allocation moved to Edmonton (EC)

DLA303

DLA303 enters Walthamstow Central Bus Station

This image available on the
Arriva download

 

24.03.12
BE201+
10WVL
9WVL
4WVL
logo Contract reassigned

New contract awarded to GoAhead  ( Blue Triangle ) operating from the Rainham base.

WVL467

WVL467 caught here at the Debden stand with black clouds looming

This image available on the
GO-AHEAD London download

22.06.13
NP171+
10WVL
9WVL
4WVL
logo Contract novated within Go-Ahead group
to London General (NP)

25.03.17
NP171+
10WVL
9WVL
4WVL

Contract extended for two years

 

2014 map
Click map to enlarge

 

 

Operating Garages

L Loughton
Changeover point outside garage

EC Edmonton
Up to May 2009 buses ran light from Walthamstow Central to garage for breaks
Changeover point Hainault Court stop in Lea Bridge Road
drivers used to come by car from EC via the A406 and wait in the stand here where there is a generous bay

DX Barking
Changeover point Walthamstow Central ?

NP Northumberland Park
Changeover point Walthamstow Central

BE Blue Triangle - Rainham
Meal Relief point Walthamstow Central

 

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