Route History

Date of introduction
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
07.10.51
WL
9RTL
11RTL
--

VICTORIA EMBANKMENT Horse Guards Avenue - Westminster Bridge -St Georges Road - Elephant - Camberwell Green - Dulwich - FOREST HILL (Mon-Fri peaks) - Stanstead Road - CATFORD Rushey Green (Mon-Fri except peaks/Sats)
New Tram replacement route for Tram #62

22.10.52
WL
9RTL
11RTL
--

VICTORIA EMBANKMENT Horse Guards Avenue ( Mon-Fri/Sat peaks ) - ELEPHANT & CASTLE ( Sats ) - FOREST HILL (Mon-Fri peaks) - CATFORD Rushey Green (Mon-Fri except peaks/Sats)
Saturday withdrawn outside peaks between Elephant & Embankment.

176 times
27.06.56
AC
4RTL
7RTW/2RTL
--
 
W
5RT
--
--
 
WL
17RTL
20RTL
--

WILLESDEN GARAGE - Kilburn - Maida Vale - Edgware Road - Marylebone Road - Tottenham Court Road - Trafalgar Square - Aldwych - Waterloo - Elephant - Camberwell - East Dulwich - FOREST HILL (Mon-Fri peaks) - CATFORD Rushey Green (Mon-Fri except peaks/Sats)
Diverted at Elephant & Castle via Service 1 to Willesden Garage.

17.10.56
AC
4RTL
7RTW/2RTL
--
 
W
5RT
--
--
 
WL
17RTL
20RTL
--

WILLESDEN GARAGE - FOREST HILL (Mon-Fri peaks) - CATFORD GARAGE (Mon-Fri except peaks/Sats)
Catford terminal changed from Rushey Green to Catford Garage.

16.10.57
AC
4RTL
10RTW+
--
      1RTL/52
2RTL/52A
 
 
W
5RT+
--
--
    1RT/226    
 
WL
17RTL
16RTL
--

176 times
 
30.04.58
AC
4RTL
10RTW+
--
      1RTL/52
2RTL/52A
 
 
W
5RT+
--
--
    1RT/226    
 
WL
17RTL
15RTL
--

RTW198

RTW198 seen here at Willesden Garage forecourt, the photo reveals that it was taken on a Saturday between October 1957 and November 1958 as the running plate shows AC10. During this period, shorts were operated between Willesden and Waterloo.

Part of Jeff Lloyd collection


26.11.58
AC
4RTL
8RTW
--
 
W
5RT
--
--
 
WL
14RTW
4RTL
12RTW
--

WILLESDEN GARAGE - FOREST HILL (Mon-Fri peaks) - CATFORD GARAGE (Mon-Fri except peaks/Sats)
WL allocation changed from RTL to RTW.
The buses came from Middle Row where they were used on the 18B but the engineers had a problem servicing them because there were no spreadover buses

1958 map
Extracted from 1958 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
11.05.60
AC
4RTW
8RTW
--
 
W
5RT
--
--
 
WL
18RTW
12RTW
--

1960 entry
Taken from May 1960 allocation book

12.10.60
AC
4RTL
8RTW
--
 
W
5RT
--
--
 
WL
18RTL
12RTL
--

WL allocation changed from RTW to RTL.

03.01.62
AC
9RTL
8RTW
--
 
WL
14RTW
3RTL
12RTW
--

W allocation withdrawn in favour of increase at AC.

09.05.62
AC
9RTW
8RTW
--
 
WL
16RTW
12RTW
--

Mon-Fri AC allocation changed to RTW

27.01.65
AC
9RTW
--
--
 
WL
14RTW
11RTL
--

WILLESDEN GARAGE (Mon-Fri) - WATERLOO (Sats) - FOREST HILL (Mon-Fri peaks) - Catford - LEWISHAM (Mon-Fri except peaks/Sats)
Saturday withdrawn between Waterloo and Willesden - replaced by extending service 1 from Marylebone to Willesden.
Diverted at Catford to Lewisham.
Saturday AC allocation withdrawn, replaced by Route 1 allocation

RTL1602

RTL1602 at the rear of the Odeon in Lewisham. Passengers could board here but of course nowadays ealth and safety would make this a no no.

This image availabe with the RT.RTL.RTW download on the Bus Photos page

01.12.65
AC
9RTL
--
--
 
WL
14RTL
11RTL
--

Willesden Garage change from RTW to RTL.

RTL1429

RTL1429 The Old Vic bound for Rushey Green advertises the Ideal Home exhibtion at Olympia although none of WL routes go near

This image availabe with the RT.RTL.RTW download on the Bus Photos page


10.07.66
AC
9RTL
--
--
 
WL
13RT
10RT
--

WL change from RTL to RT.

RT1288

RT1288 Willesden Garage sidecourt waiting to perform a short to Goose Green

© Malcolm Allan


30.11.68
AC
7RT
--
--
 
WL
14RT
10RT
--

AC change from RTL to RT.

19.07.69
AC
7RT
--
--
 
WL
14RT
--
--

WILLESDEN GARAGE (Mon-Fri) - FOREST HILL (Mon-Fri peaks) - LEWISHAM (Mon-Fri except peaks)
Saturday service withdrawn.

24.07.71
AC
9RT
--
--
 
WL
12RT
--
--

WILLESDEN GARAGE - FOREST HILL (Mon-Fri)
Withdrawn. between Forest Hill and Lewisham.

11.03.76
AC
10RM
--
--
 
WL
12RT
--
--

AC converted to RM.

21.03.76
AC101+
10RM
--
--
 
WL131+
12RM
--
--

WL converted to RM.

RM1811

RM1811 Marylebone Road,
Box junctions were introduced in UK during 1967

This image available with Routemaster family downloadat the Bus Photos page

28.10.78
WL131+
22RM
--
--

WILLESDEN GARAGE (Mon-Fri) - EAST DULWICH Goose Green (Mon-Fri evenings) - FOREST HILL (Mon-Fri except evgs)
Mon-Fri evenings withdrawn between Goose Green and Forest Hill.
AC allocation withdrawn therefore Willesden routes no longer cross the Thames.

11.06.84
WL131+
16Tc
--
--

Leyland Titan crew operation introduced.


27.04.85
WL131+
18T
--
--

One Person Operation commenced.

T773

T773 seen in Penge

Jeff Lloyd collection

02.11.85
Q141+
19T
--
--

WL closure - operation transferred to Q.

06.06.87
NX221+
--
--
6T
 
Q141+
19T
8T
--

OXFORD CIRCUS (Mon-Fri except evgs/Sat shop hours) - Oxford Street - WATERLOO - (Mon-Sat evgs/Suns) - EAST DULWICH Goose Green (Mon-Fri evgs/Sat/Sun) - FOREST HILL (Mon-Fri except evgs)
Diverted northbound at Tottenham Court Road Stn to Oxford Circus.
Sunday service introduced from NX between Waterloo and East Dulwich.

176 leaflet
Click image for times

13.08.88
Q141+
22T
11T
7T

OXFORD CIRCUS (Mon-Fri except evgs/Sat shop hours) - WATERLOO (Mon-Sat evgs/Suns) - Forest Hill - Dartmouth Road - Kirkdale - Laurie Park Road - PENGE Pawleyne Arms

19.11.88
NX31+
--
--
10T
 
Q141+
22T
11T
--

Sunday allocation transferred to NX.

04.02.90
NX31+
--
--
7L
 
Q141+
22T
11T
--

OXFORD CIRCUS (Mon-Fri except evgs/Sat shop hours) - ALDWYCH (Suns) - WATERLOO (Mon-Sat evgs) - PENGE Pawleyne Arms
Sunday extended from Waterloo to Aldwych.

24.02.90
NX31+
--
--
7L
 
Q141+
22T
11T
--

OXFORD CIRCUS (Mon-Fri except evgs/Sat shopping hours) - ALDWYCH (Mon-Sat evgs/Suns) - PENGE
Mon-Sat evgs extended from Waterloo to Aldwych.

10.11.90
NB/CR
22dd
11dd
7dd
lc logo New contract commenced

Operation from the Beddington depot with a small allocation operating from the Newington Butts depot ( ex Kentish Bus Bricklayers Arms site ).
A number of hired Atlanteans were hired from South York shire Transport until new vehicles became available

Looking out of place in Oxford Street. hired South Yorkshire Atlantean

This image available with the
Nostalgia 2 download

12.03.94
WL/CR
20dd
16dd
9dd

OXFORD CIRCUS - PENGE
Extended from Aldwych to Oxford Circus at all times.

676

London & Country Volvo 676 Trafalgar Square

© John Parkin

29.10.94
WL
dd
dd
dd

Croydon (CR) allocation withdrawn

27.04.96
WL21+
20dd
17dd
10dd
london links logo Contract novated to London Links

675

Volvo Citybus ( 675 ) London Links livery Oxford Circus stand

This image available on Bus Photos page


19.07.97
N61+
20L
18L
13L
logo Service transferred to Cowie South London

L174

L174 Centre Point

This image available on the
Leyland Olympian download

14.11.03
N61+
24L
24L
16L
Night Service
N251+
7L
9L
9L
arriva logo N176 number discontinued thus route now 24hour

2004
N61+
24VLA
24VLA
16VLA
Night Service
N251+
7VLA
9VLA
9VLA

Converted to low floor double deck

VLA43

VLA43 Aldwych

This image available on Bus Photos page


22.07.06
N61+
26VLA
24VLA
16VLA
Night Service
N251+
7VLA
9VLA
9VLA

New timetable introduced for reliability.


02.08.08
N61+
26VLA
25VLA
16VLA
Night Service
N251+
7VLA
9VLA
9VLA

PENGE - TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD STN
Withdrawn between TCR and Oxford Circus

13.11.10
N61+
26VLA
25VLA
16VLA
Night Service
N251+
7VLA
9VLA
9VLA

Start of new contract

T91

T91 normally seen on the 133 route is captured on disc at
Charing Cross Road opposite The National Gallery

© Lawrence Living

14.11.15
N61+
28VLA
24VLA
15VLA
Night Service
N251+
5VLA
11VLA
11VLA

TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD STN  -  PENGE
Contract extended for two years

11.11.17
Q401+
24EH
21EH
17EH
Night Service
Q461+
4EH
8EH
8EH
LC LOGO

Contract reassigned and allocated to
Camberwell (Q)

TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD STN  -  PENGE
The running number used was from departing Route 45

Operating Garages

W Cricklewood
Changeover point probably Quex Road - Kilburn

AC Willesden
Changeover point at garage

WL Walworth
Changeover point Camberwell Road - Nags Head

Q Camberwell
Changeover point Camberwell Green - Denmark Hill
From Novemer 2017 CAMBERWELL ROAD Nags Head

NX New Cross
Changeover point Camberwell Green - Denmark Hill

N Norwood
Changeover point Camberwell Road - Nags Head

Does anyone have an image of a Leyland Titan on this route ?

176 TIMES 176 live 176 stands Tender Specs Route 176 fares

 

 

 

© Ian Armstrong 2017
Date of edit   Thursday, 16.11.17