RT's on route 37 Running Day ~ Saturday 1st October 2022
Route 37 (Putney to Peckham; feeder journeys from and to Hounslow)
London’s first orbital bus route was route 37, introduced in March 1912, initially running between Isleworth and Herne Hill via Clapham and Brixton. The route was extended west to Hounslow at the end of that year and east to Peckham in 1914. The section between Putney and Hounslow was hived off (to become routes 337 and H37) in 1991, leaving today’s route operating between Putney Heath and Peckham and marking 110 years of continuous service.
Well-remembered for operating RTLs (Leyland buses built to the RT design) and then Routemasters, the route also had RTs scheduled alongside other types from 1940 to 1962 and again in 1967. Stockwell Garage took over a share of the route on the closure of Clapham Garage in 1958 and remained involved until 2004, apart from a gap between 1981 and 1986 when Clapham had re-opened. In 1972, ten years after the majority conversion to Routemaster operations, Stockwell operated by special request a round trip using one of their remaining RTs, RT2576. This event marks 50 years and a day since that special operation on 30 September 1972 and will principally feature RTs and RTLs.
Further details in due course. Check back regularly!
Bus owners wishing to participate should contact us here.