The London Bus Page In Exile

Sunday 1 April 2007

Longcross 1

Filed under: Book, Special Events, Vehicles — londonbuspageinexile @ 8:11 pm

Preserved Leyland Titan T 6 (WYV 6T) at Longcross, 1st April 2007Thanks to all who bought Routemaster Retrospective today at Longcross – me and Geoff signed about forty copies and had a nice chat with plenty of you.

This picture shows what I’m doing next – a book to be entitled The London Titan, for publication this time next year. T 6 (WYV 6T) has been superbly preserved in original condition, with all the bits that disappeared over the years restored; foglights, decals, badges, opening windows, the lot.

More Cobham/Longcross photos to come over the next few days.


  1. Brilliant photo, as always. Can I ask about the TD in the background. Presumed it is the usual suspect, but what a delight to see it without the hideeous roof adverts!

    Comment by David Chubb — Monday 2 April 2007 @ 6:21 am

  2. With the sad news that Ken Glazier died recently, one has to wonder who might wish to pen the definitive chronicle of the 1980s [nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more!]?

    Comment by Andrew Jeffreys — Monday 2 April 2007 @ 10:28 am

  3. The red with white upper deck window surrounds plus the yellow doors the best i believe , livery LT ever had.

    Comment by mark — Monday 2 April 2007 @ 12:12 pm

  4. Hi – i look forward to your next work Matt. I was glad to spot myself in one of your photos in Routemaster Requiem (albeit i have to use a microscope, but..)

    I am sorry to hear Ken Glazier has died: he was able to pull off amassing large amounts of research yet present it in a concise engaging narrative style.

    The Titan – very much ahead of its time. Just compare even the B15 British Leyland prototype with a Fleetline or Metro-Scania Metropolitan, and you see how much smoother more modern the Titan was for its time.

    I look foward to reading Matt’s perspective. Metrobus next?

    Comment by Nick Biskinis — Monday 2 April 2007 @ 7:33 pm

  5. Maybe this is an appropriate juncture for a Titan v Metrobus debate. I have always felt that the Titan was the better bus – smoother, better looking, more advanced etc,- but it did not find much favour outside London. Presumably London carried on buying Metrobuses as well because of the Titan’s production difficulties and to provide some competition, or were there other reasons? Did London Buses feel that the Metrobus was comparable to the Titan? Which was better?

    Comment by MT — Tuesday 3 April 2007 @ 8:32 pm

  6. Hi Matt

    I got my copy of your new book through the door today. Its good to see the old routes not forgotten! As younger person and someone who believes that the Titan is the best bus in the world (T1 and I entered the world on the same day), I can’t wait for your new book on the subject of these supurb machines! Lots of early photos please!

    All the best and keep up the great work!


    Comment by Rob — Saturday 7 April 2007 @ 2:08 pm

  7. Oh, dear: “me and Geoff signed about forty copies …”

    Should, of course, be “Geoff and I signed …. ”

    Peter R.

    Comment by Peter Relf — Sunday 8 April 2007 @ 3:13 pm

  8. Metrobus v Titan….. sorry, its a draw, as good as each other. Best 2 buses ever operated in london.

    Waiting in anticipation for the Titan book, Mterobus next please….

    Comment by Andrew Moore — Sunday 24 June 2007 @ 12:12 am

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