Thursday, 12 January 2012

London Buses - Bibliography

Tuesday night (10 January) was our first talk of 2012.  There was, yet again, a most satisfying turnout of around 90 members to listen to Professor Danny Gorman speaking about the history behind London buses.  I now know the origin of the term "omnibus". 
Professor Gorman has very kindly supplied us with the bibliography of the sources he used while researching his topic.  Members may find it useful.

A History of London Buses


1.      Hibbs, John “The History of British Bus Services”, David and Charles, 2004.

                         2.      Curtis, Colin H “Buses of London”, London Transport Publications, 1977.

3.      Kidner, R W “The London Motor-Bus 1896-1968”, 4th Ed, Locomotion Papers Number 5, The Oakwood Press, 1968

4.      Taylor. James “The London Bus”, Shire Publications, 2009.

5.      Day, John R “The Story of the London Bus”, London Transport Publications, 1973.

6.      Reed, John “London Buses – Past and Present”, Capital Transport Publishing, 1988.

7.      Elborough, Travis “The Bus we Loved – London’s Affair with the Routemaster”, Granta Publications, London, 2005.

8.      Sommerfield, V (compiled) “London’s Buses”, The St Catherine Press, 1933.

9.      Barker, Theo “Moving Millions – A Pictorial History of London Transport”, London Transport Publications, 1990.

10.  Omnibus Society (specially reproduced for), “Development of the Bus in London”, Modern Transport, Jan 7th, 14th and Feb 18th, 1956.

11.  Larkin, Roy “Destination Western Front – London’s Omnibuses Go To War”, Roy Larkin Publishing, 2010.

12.  Brewster, D E “London Independent Bus Operators 1922-1933”, Locomotion Paper number 62, The Oakwood Press, 1972.

13.  McCormack, K “London Transport in Exile”, Ian Allan Publishing, 2004.

14.  Heaney, George “Sixty Years of A.1. Service”, Bus Enthusiast Publishing Company, 1991.


  1. note, reference number 3 should read "1896-1968"

  2. Ref. No.3 is now corrected. Thanks for pointing it out Danny.