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Downloadable London Transport Archive Documents
London Transport kept fairly detailed records of most of its activities and, fortunately for us, a lot of the documents have survived. There are four main groups of documents relating to service vehicles, as follows:

Variation Sheets: These were issued most working days and listed all changes to the road vehicle fleet. Naturally the bulk of the content was buses, though service vehicles were well covered, especially in terms of additions and disposals. Coverage of SVs reduced in the early 1980s (leased vehicles were never included) and finished in 1986. A huge collection of variation sheets for most of the period from 1944 to about 1991 is already available on the internet, so they will not be included here. See this forum posting for links.

Advice Books: These were hand-written ledgers containing all changes within the service vehicle fleet. The contents should tie-up with those on the variation sheets, but this was not always the case. Three books are in existence, covering the period July 1939 to February 1963 and these will be added here in due course.
Registers: These were periodically issued documents listing the then-current service vehicle fleet, usually with allocation details and broken down by operating department. Separate documents covered the private car fleet. Various registers covering the period 1939 to 1990 are available and will be added here.

Vehicle Record Cards: These are index cards (one per vehicle) giving full technical and operational details for each vehicle, including all allocations and disposal details. They were used from at least the mid 1920s until the late 1950s. It is intended in the near future to add record cards to the relevant records in the vehicle database on this website. I will also add documents containing collections of cards to make downloading simpler. These will be listed here.

Most of the documents below are held by the Omnibus Society in their archive at the LT Museum Depot in Acton. The pages were photographed and the information contained was used to update the vehicle database. I am now in the process of enhancing each image and grouping them into PDF collections to enable them to be downloaded. This is quite a labour intensive job so it may take a while. Any comments would be welcomed and can be e-mailed to

Advice Books
Sorted by date
Advice Book for Miscellaneous Vehicles1939-194801/06/2016118106 MB
Miscellaneous Advise Book (sic)1948-1956Soon   
Miscellaneous Advice Book1956-1963Soon   

Sorted by date
Miscellaneous Vehicle Register01/11/194601/06/20161312.9 MB
Miscellaneous Vehicle Register01/05/196910/09/2016146.9 MB
Miscellaneous Vehicle Register01/08/197010/09/2016178 MB
Register of Private Cars18/04/197201/06/201653 MB
Miscellaneous Vehicle Register01/09/197201/06/20162212.5 MB
Register of Private Cars01/02/197301/06/201652.7 MB
Miscellaneous Vehicle Register01/01/197401/06/20162010.7 MB
Miscellaneous Vehicle Register05/197801/06/20163017.8 MB
Miscellaneous Vehicle Register04/198301/06/20162011.8 MB
Register of Miscellaneous Vehicles30/01/198601/06/20162719.2 MB
Register of Business Cars12/02/198601/06/20161612.0 MB
Fleet Listing - Distribution Services23/04/199001/06/20163310.2 MB

Vehicle Record Cards
Sorted by vehicle fleet/registration number
Numbered vehicles 1E to 50Z (into stock 1928-1937)01/06/20169331.5 MB
Numbered vehicles 51Z to 100N (into stock 1919-1937)10/09/20167623.1 MB
Numbered vehicles 101N to 150B (into stock 1931-1938)10/09/20167020.3 MB
Numbered vehicles 151D to 200C (into stock 1907-1936)17/01/20176721.5 MB
Numbered vehicles 201C to 250M (into stock 1934-1938)17/01/20179030.1 MB
Numbered vehicles 251M to 300M (into stock 1931-1938)17/01/20179329.0 MB
Numbered vehicles 301M to 350X (into stock 1925-1938)17/01/20178022.8 MB
Pre-1939 numbered vehicles, TV1 to TV31 (Trojan vans new 1927-1934)01/06/20163111.7 MB
Pre-1939 numbered vehicles, V1 to V50 (LGOC vans new 1923-1926)01/06/20165013.3 MB
Sweepers RL1 to RL32 (Redshaw Listers new 1932-1936)01/06/2016329.3 MB