LHRG Publications

The following LHRG publications are available; their covers are shown on the OS Publications page.  In some cases, amendment sheets have been issued; these are available for download from the Amendments page.

Orders (except for London's Buses Volume Three, see below) may be made by email to lhrg@hotmail.co.uk and payment made by bank transfer to the following account.  Please use your surname and postcode as the transaction reference.LhrgbankAlternatively, orders by post should be addressed to: LHRG Distribution Officer, Curry Farm, Halstead Lane, Knockholt, Sevenoaks TN14 7EP.  Cheques payable to "Omnibus Society (LHR Group)" please.  Overseas postage extra, please enquire via lhrg@hotmail.co.uk.



LONDON'S BUSES Volume Three - Country Independents 1919-1939 Part Two

Blacker, Lunn & Westgate

London's Buses Volume One - The Independent Era 1922-1934 was published in 1977, and followed by Volume Two - Country Independents 1919-1939 Part One in 1983. 

The long-awaited third volume of this series continues the comprehensive history of the independent bus and coach operators in the former London Transport Country Area before World War Two, covering every known operator in the area from Watford, Hemel Hempstead and Aylesbury southwards to Slough and Windsor. More than a hundred different operators are covered; some only lasted for only a few months, many were taken over by London Transport following the London Passenger Transport Act of 1933, while a few survived long into the post-war era. Among the famous names covered are Amersham & District, Aylesbury Motor Bus Company, Bream, Bucks Express, Filkins & Ainsworth, Lewis, Penn Bus Company, Premier Line, Red Rover, Rover Bus Service and Skylark.

512 pp.  Price £35.00.  Available from MDS Books, who are handling distribution on behalf of LHRG.  Also available via Dinnages.



The story of the buses that served RAF Biggin Hill and the surrounding area.

The new Memorial Museum at Biggin Hill commemorates the Battle of Britain and in particular the people who served in or were affected by that historic event. Many of those serving at RAF Biggin Hill would have used Route 410 to reach that location. 

To explain more and add to the stories told by the Museum, LHRG has published this book, aimed not only at those interested in public transport but those who are fascinated with the Royal Air Force and local history.

Published October 2019.  Price £5.00 plus £1.25 P&P.


SHADES OF GREEN, including a brief illustrated history of Leatherhead Garage

By Rod Lucas

Rod Lucas worked for London Country Bus Services as a driver at Leatherhead Garage for two spells in the 1970s, and tells his story in this book, with plenty of detail and numerous anecdotes.  The opportunity has been taken to add a photographic history of the operations from Leatherhead Garage, from the earliest days of buses based at The Swan in the town, through LGCS, London Transport, London Country South West, London & Country and Arriva to demolition in 1999.

Profusely illustrated in full colour where available, there are 20 pages of historic black & white photographs and 30 pages of full colour, plus further colour photos throughout the text.  Many photos not previously published.  

Published 2018, 128 pp.  Price £22.00 plus £2.00 P&P.  



A comprehensive list of London bus and Underground timetable books plus local and county bus maps and guides in the home counties including those published by London Transport 1933-2003, Transport for London 2000-2016, London Country 1970-1986 and also county and unitary councils, and major bus operators in Bedfordshire, (east) Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, (west) Kent, Surrey, West Sussex (part) since 1986 and Underground railways since 1873.

By John Bull.  Fully illustrated with 18 colour plates.  Amendment sheet dated September 2018 available for download via the Amendments page.
Published 2016, 130pp.  £10.00 plus £2.00 P&P.

Provides substantial new information including:

  • New tables listing earlier  timetables for major operators whose services were absorbed by LT 1933-51
  • Detailed chronology of boundary changes to LT/LCBS country bus timetable books 1938-78
  • Analysis of the contents of the LT area timetable books 1934-37
  • Corrections and additional items traced back to 1851 and new books and maps up to September 2018
Published 2018, 16pp.  £4.00 plus £1.50 P&P.
***  Special offer: LBUT Second edition and Supplement, £13.00 plus £2.00 P&P.  ***


Motor Omnibus Routes in London

Motor Omnibus Routes in London is LHRG's long running project to provide a detailed chronology of London's 'red' motor bus routes, from the start of motor bus operation in 1899 to October 1934 when the London Passenger Transport Board introduced its new system of route numbering.  Accuracy is ensured by reference to original sources.

For the period covered, each volume details the roads covered by each bus route and route changes day by day, plus Christmas day services and special services.  From volume 4, garage allocations to routes are also listed, along with details of road names which have since changed.  From the start of the 'independent era' in 1922, volumes 6A etc cover only London General Omnibus Company and 'Combine' routes.  

   Volume 1, 1899 - 1 Nov 1908 (2nd edition). 64pp.  Sorry, the printed volume is now sold out, but a low-resolution PDF may be downloaded here.  Alternatively, a high-resolution file may be accessed by contacting lhrg@hotmail.co.uk for details

***  Special offer: Volumes 2 to 8A inclusive, £70.00 plus £9.00 P&P.  ***

   Volume 2, 2 Nov 1908 - 1912 (revised edition). 78pp.  £7.50 plus £2.00 P&P. 

   Volume 3, 1913 - Feb 1915 (revised 2015). 100pp, illustrated.  £10.00 plus £2.00 P&P.

   Volume 4, Mar 1915 - 1919. 132pp.  £9.95 plus £2.00 P&P. 

   Volume 5, 1920 - 1921. 100pp.  £8.50 plus £2.00 P&P. 

   Volume 6A, 1922 - Nov 1924. 180pp.  £17.00 plus £2.00 P&P. 

   Volume 7A, Dec 1924 - 1926. 184pp.  £16.50 plus £2.00 P&P. 

   Volume 8A, 1927 - 1928. 196pp.  £18.50 plus £2.00 P&P. 

   Volume 9A, 1929 - 1930. 192pp.  Sorry, sold out.  Copies may still be available from our distributor Dinnages - see foot of page.

   Volume 10A, 1931 - 1932. 204pp.  Sorry, sold out.

   Volume 11A, 1933 - 1934. 232pp, illustrated.  Last few, £13.00 plus £2.00 P&P. 

Amendment sheets are available to download from this site.  Click here.



By RG Westgate

Published 1967: 32 pages.

Out of print, but a PDF version with author's manuscript corrections (8MB) is available for free download here


A brief history with fleet and route lists

Published 1976: 10 pages.

Out of print, but a PDF version is available for free download here


Buses in Brentwood - A brief history

by Chris Stewart. Fully illustrated in colour and black & white, plus colour map

Published 2016, second impression 2017: 32 pages, £4.75 plus £1.25 P&P.   Erratum (first impression), see here.  


A History of the Buses, Trams & Trolleybuses of Enfield & Edmonton 

By David Domin.  Fully illustrated, including 8 colour pages and colour map.  Published 2014, 96 pages, £10.00 plus £2.00 P&P.


A London Anthology - selected Bulletin articles 

To mark the 50th anniversary of LHRG, this illustrated anthology comprises a selection of the articles that have appeared in the Bulletin.  A list of articles is here.  

Published 2013, 108pp.  £8.00 plus £2.00 P&P. 


London's Forgotten Bus Operations – Public Motor Transport in Bedfordshire 1899-1919

By John M. Cummings. Now in stock again.  48pp.  £4.50 plus £2.00 P&P.  

To complement the above publication, we offer:

Published 1977: 8 pages.

Out of print, but a PDF version is available for free download here


Vanguard: a symposium - an important chapter in the early history of the London motorbus
52pp, illustrated.  Limited returned stock now available.  £10.95 plus £2.00 P&P.

Early London Motor Bus Registrations (excluding B-type)

Compiled by John M. Cummings.  51pp.   Out of print, but a low resolution PDF version is available for free download here

Out of print titles 

The following titles are no longer available, but second-hand copies may occasionally be found; see also notes of other availability:

London Transport Second series bus bodies 1939 - 1960 

The late John Hambley, under the title Transport Interest Publications, published a very useful series of books listing the vehicle histories of several classes of London Transport buses, including most recently the RT in 5 volumes, all works in which Alan Bond has played a leading role.  This book forms the next publication in the series, and with the sad loss of John Hambley, the London Historical Research Group is pleased to publish the work in his place.  Covering Body numbers 1-9232 including changes, re-paints & overhauls.

Published 2013, 142pp.  Update available to download here.

New copies may still be available from distributor Dinnages - see foot of page.


Amendment sheets reflecting corrections and additonal information since publication are available here.


Distributor Dinnages

In certain cases as noted above, our distributor Dinnages may still have new stock available direct.