FLEETBOOK – Buses of London

by R.L. Telfer and A.M. Witton

Last updated 3 April 2008


These small books were published by A.M. Witton and covered the major bus operators in the London area. They contain “fleet lists, illustrations and historical notes”. The original single volume was split into Inner London and Outer London in later editions.

“These Fleetbooks’ objective is to provide fleet lists and historical information for every important bus operator. Although coverage is normally limited to stage and express carriage operators, Brakell, Obsolete Fleet and Vintage Bus Company fleets are included; the first two running vehicles virtually in London Transport livery. The Inner London book is dominated by London Transport. Several of Britain’s best-known touring coach companies are based in London, and some of them are also included. Outer London provides more information about the many independent stage carriage operators in the London area.”

Nº 15: Buses of Greater London/Buses of Inner London



1st ed. – February 1978 – 60p
4" × 6" / 10 cm × 15 cm – 73 pp.
ISBN 86047 151 9


2nd ed. – May 1979 – 60p
4" × 6" / 10 cm × 15 cm – 57 pp.
ISBN 86047 152 7


3nd ed. – October 1982 – 80p
4" × 6" / 10 cm × 15 cm – 65 pp.
ISBN 86047 153 5
ABC Taxis Ltd. (Blue Saloon Coaches)
the George Ewer Group (Grey-Green Coaches, Dix Luxury Coaches and World Wide)
London Country Bus Services
London Transport Executive
National Travel (South East) Ltd.
Safeguard Coaches Ltd.
F.G. Wilder & Son Ltd. (trading as Golden Miller Coaches)
Brakell Omnibus Sales London Ltd.
Continental Pioneer Ltd.
George Ewer Group
London Transport Executive
National Travel (London) Ltd.
Obsolete Fleet
Vintage Bus Company Ltd.
Brakell Omnibus Sales London Ltd.
B.J.P. Cheek (trading as Elmtree Transport)
T. Cowie Ltd. (formerly the George Ewer Group)
Frames Tours Ltd.
Glenton Tours Ltd.
Guards Coaches (London) Ltd. (incorporating Vintage Bus Company Ltd.)
Lacey’s (East Ham) Ltd.
Limebourne Ltd. / London Cityrama Ltd.
London Transport Executive
National Travel (London) Ltd.
Charles Rickards (Tours) Ltd.
Vintage Transport Ltd. (trading as Obsolete Fleet)

Nº 16: Buses of Outer London



1st ed. – April 1979 – 60p
4" × 6" / 10 cm × 15 cm – 57 pp.
ISBN 86047 161 6


2nd ed. – May 1981 – 80p
4" × 6" / 10 cm × 15 cm – 48 pp.
ISBN 86047 162 4
ABC Taxis (J. Lambley) Ltd.
Banstead Coaches Ltd.
S.G. & R.D. Biss
British Airways Board
Browne’s Luxury Coaches (Redhill) Ltd.
Campbell Consultants Ltd.
Charles Cook Coaches
Frank Harris (Coaches) Ltd.
J.R. Dell (trading as Rover Bus Service)
London Country Bus Services Ltd.
J.A. & S.A. Mancini (trading as Kingsman Coaches)
Tony McCann Coaches Ltd.
A. Moore & Sons (Windsor) Ltd.
Orpinton & District Omnibuses
Red Rover Omnibus Ltd.
Safeguard Coaches Ltd.
Smith’s (Buntingford) Ltd.
Ben Stanley Ltd.
Tillingbourne Bus Co. Ltd.
G.F. Ward Ltd.
Whyte’s Airport Services Ltd.
F.G. Wilder & Son Ltd. (trading as Golden Miller Coaches)
ABC Taxis (J. Lambley) Ltd.
Banstead Coaches Ltd.
S.G. & R.D. Biss
British Airways Board
Browne’s Luxury Coaches (Redhill) Ltd.
Campbell Consultants Ltd.
Charles Cook Coaches
Frank Harris (Coaches) Ltd.
J.R. Dell (trading as Rover Bus Service)
London Country Bus Services Ltd.
J.A. & S.A. Mancini (trading as Kingsman Coaches)
Tony McCann Coaches Ltd.
A. Moore & Sons (Windsor) Ltd.
Red Rover Omnibus Ltd.
Safeguard Coaches Ltd.
Smith’s (Buntingford) Ltd.
Ben Stanley Ltd.
S.J. & A.M. Tate (trading as B&B Services)
Tillingbourne Bus Co. Ltd.
G.F. Ward Ltd.
Whyte’s Airport Services Ltd.
F.G. Wilder & Son Ltd. (trading as Golden Miller Coaches)

Note: All prices are publisher’s original RRP.