The London Bus Page In Exile

Monday 20 August 2007

Titan Book Progress

Filed under: Book, Historical, Vehicles — londonbuspageinexile @ 8:27 pm

Stagecoach East London Leyland Titan T 517 (KYV 517X) at Barking, 24th March 2001The next book is about halfway done – it’s called The London Titan and is what I hope will be the definitive history of the Leyland Titan’s operations with London Transport and its successors between entry into service (1978, including the two prototypes) and exit (2003, with reference to the later school routes).

Here is T 517 (KYV 517X), which spent its last eight years with Barking and thus fell under Stagecoach East London upon privatisation. It is seen on 24th March 2001, shortly before withdrawal, after which it became one of Blackburn Transport’s fleet (which also included T 1018, the last in service).

The book will come out in time for Cobham 2008, so I have to get it finished by October!



  1. Good luck with that, Matt. A Titan book is long over due and will make a nice change from all the Routemaster books that have been published over the last couple of years -)! What are the the chances of a DMS book to follow it?

    Comment by Phil McCavity — Tuesday 21 August 2007 @ 5:56 pm

  2. and perhaps a Metrobus book as well?

    Comment by Gavin Cork — Tuesday 21 August 2007 @ 8:00 pm

  3. If this one sells enough to let them give me a crack at another one, it’ll be the Metrobus (as you can’t have the T without the M!). I wouldn’t mind doing one on the DMS – and on the L as well (the ECW variety, independent of the fill-ins that came later).

    Comment by londonbuspageinexile — Wednesday 22 August 2007 @ 7:36 pm

  4. Who will be the publisher?

    Comment by Kim — Friday 24 August 2007 @ 5:18 pm

  5. And the original L-class were the last standard London bus.

    Comment by Kim — Friday 24 August 2007 @ 5:18 pm

  6. Cant wait for this one to arrive. About time too. Consider one copy sold already, Matt.

    Anyone got any pictures of T512 KYV512X “with its roof”.
    Photo required please.

    Comment by andy moore — Thursday 30 August 2007 @ 10:29 am

  7. It will be published by Ian Allan; 176 pages, 300 pics.
    I’m about two-thirds of the way through now.

    Comment by londonbuspageinexile — Friday 7 September 2007 @ 7:42 pm

  8. im looking forward to getting this book when it comes out in the publishers i am fond of the titan and look forward to the book keep up the great work matt bradley.

    Comment by bradley phillips — Saturday 6 October 2007 @ 7:28 pm

  9. As of today, I’ve reached T1018, the last in service with an ex-LBL operator. As with everything I write, strange feeling of bereavement! Not quite done yet, however – still four more years of post-London stuff to round up. This chapter has become so gargantuan, unfortunately, that it’ll have to be pared down along with the rest of the copy, which is 75% over spec!

    Comment by londonbuspageinexile — Monday 8 October 2007 @ 9:07 pm

  10. A small claim to fame from me:
    I drove “T1983” (747)GM to the Woburn Bus Rally in 1983!

    Comment by IsarSteve — Monday 8 October 2007 @ 10:10 pm

  11. make that two copies sold-and i will have a copy of any metrobus book you do as well matt,subject to me being in work at the time of cobham’08.

    Comment by mark o'neill — Saturday 10 November 2007 @ 12:42 pm

  12. Speaking of the “T”, my local outpost of the Stagecoach empire at Stranraer has a couple for school journeys (normally).

    Today at 1235 on the town service 365, instead of one of the normal 3 Optare Solo’s allocated I had the pleasure of a ride on former T762 OHV762Y, complete with two doors. Presumably as only one Solo was running ( T plus Merc midi were the others) this was due to annual tests or similar. Good job no wheelchairs were out eh!

    Comment by Doug Ely — Monday 7 January 2008 @ 3:32 pm

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