New publication: Surrey's Spring Line - a history of country bus route 408 (fully illustrated). Order here
In light of the current lockdown, arrangements for LHRG meetings in 2021 are currently suspended.
The London Historical Research Group is devoted to research into the operation of buses, trolleybuses and trams in London, and is affiliated to the Omnibus Society (but remains an independent organisation). It was formed in 1963 with the purpose of co-ordinating the research projects of members and to provide a means of exchanging information on the history of road passenger transport services in the London Transport area*. It holds quarterly meetings in London and produces publications for sale, in addition to a quarterly Bulletin for its members. Meetings feature a talk on a relevant topic and range over a broad spectrum, as do the contents of the Bulletin.
Membership is via the Omnibus Society (click top right). New members are always welcome. Our contact details are at the foot of this page.
Our major ongoing research project is Motor Omnibus Routes in London (MORiL), a detailed day-by-day chronology of London bus route introductions and changes, from the first introduction of motor buses in 1899 up to 1934. This history has been published in A4 format in eleven volumes in respect of the LGOC 'Combine' routes; work continues on the independent operators.
In July 2014, a new long-term project group on London horse bus operations was formed. This group will bring together the available information on all aspects of horse buses in London, from both primary and secondary sources, with a view to producing a series of publications. Members wishing to participate in the project are invited to contact the secretary of the project, Peter Osborn, via peter@Red-RF.com.
Other publications are produced as and when members’ research projects have produced appropriate material. Details of the Group's publications are given on the LHRG Publications page; amendment sheets may be downloaded from the Amendments page (regularly updated) - all MORiL amendments are consolidated by volume and are available there. A number of older publications are now out of print; in some cases, PDF versions are available to download from the Publications page.
As a benefit to Omnibus Society members, early editions of the Omnibus Magazine (OM) have been scanned and are available to download from the PHRG site (you need to be logged in for this link to activate). Much of the content in the early days was London related; an index (to all OMs and related publications up to 2000) is here, with the London material in a separate section starting at page 22. The issues in each year are:
A selection of other research resources are given here.
Bulletin indexes (to Volume 7 only at present)
* the London Transport area is treated for the purposes of LHRG as the former Central and Country Areas up to deregulation in 1986, and the Greater London area thereafter. Post-1986 services in the area outside Greater London are covered by PHRG.
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