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From March 1917 through June 1921 London General issued weekly a LIST OF MOTOR BUS ROUTES.

No. 36, 1920
No. 36, 1920
◀ Number 36 covered the services working during the week of September 15 to 21 1920, and was folded in six. No. 47, 1920
No. 47, 1920
◀ Number 47 of the series covered the routes working from December 1st to 7th 1920, but was slightly smaller with five folds in all.

SIGHTS OF LONDON
BY MOTOR-BUS
MOTOR-BUS GUIDE
No. 1A
No. 1A
PUBLIC BULDINGS
The Pool and the Tower, from London Bridge

From about the same period as the LIST OF MOTOR BUS ROUTES above, these publicity leaflets were likely produced to generate traffic as much as they were about providing route information.

No. 14
No. 14
WEST WYCOMBE
From UXBRIDGE (Daily)
High Wycombe
No. 18
No. 18
THE RIVERSIDE AND GUILDFORD
By Routes No. 61, 62, 79 & 115.
Egham

The route guide was expanded to 36 pages, and gives details of all bus routes in numerical order, with days of operation, service frequencies, adult fares for travelling end to end, and time required to cover the route’s entire length. A two-page Map of Country Routes is in the centre, along with the companies that routes were operated in conjunction with: i.e. National Omnibus & Transport Cº (Watford), East Surrey Traction (Reigate) and Thames Valley Traction (Reading). There is also a list of the roads served and the routes using those roads. Any extra spaces were used for advertisements for motor coach tours, whole day tours and specials. The guides measure 318" × 6" (8 × 15 centimetres).

No. 2A
No. 2A

September 1922
Routes 1-11
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▲ Guide No. 2A was printed by The Dangerfield Printing Co. Ltd. Eighteen pages are used to list routes 1 to 142. Roads travelled occupies three pages, two pages are required for Districts served, and the remaining five pages are devoted to detailing the routes that run from ten major centres: The Bank, Charing Cross, Elephant & Castle, Hyde Park Corner, Kings Cross, London Bridge, Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus and Victoria. The back panel is filled with General Information.
April, 1923
April, 1923
◀ This guide has small photographs of some of the notable sights the can be visited by travelling on the country routes.

June 1923
June 1923
Chertsey Bridge
◀ The June 1923 guide was printed by Waterlow & Sons Ltd. In the middle is a map in black and red showing the country services that stretch from Hertford (north) to Redhill (south) and Upminster (east) to Windsor (west). At the end is a list of full- and half-day excursions. July 1923
July 1923
Near Dorking
◀ The central pages of the July 1923 pocket guide contain a small route map showing links to London Underground station.
August 1923
August 1923

Farningham
September 1923
September 1923
Westerham

October 1923
Hatfield

In consequence of the London Traffic Act, 1924, the London General Omnibus Co. Ltd. issued this eight-pages folded leaflet giving details of the renumbering of London bus routes operated by London General Omnibus and allied companies, shewing Alterations to Route Numbers, in operation on and from 1st December, 1924. Old and new numbers are given for all routes—even those for which no re-numbering was made. The page size is approximately 6" × 3" when closed, opening out to approximately 6" × 12".

1st December 1924
1st December 1924
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December 1924
1st December 1924

Although numbered by London General in the same series as maps, alternate issues in 1930 were actually guides: stapled booklets listing all the LGOC routes, frequencies and fares. Still 318" × 6" (8cm × 15cm), the 1930 guides contains 48 pages.

No. 2 1930
No. 2 1930
No. 4 1930
No. 4 1930

No. 6 1930
No. 8 1930
No. 8 1930
No. 10 1930
No. 10 1930
No. 12 1930
No. 12 1930

GUIDE OMNIBUS: Londres vu de l’Impériale
En Plein Air Partout

BUS GUIDE: [An] Imperial view of London / Open Air to Everywhere

A pocket guide for the French-speaking visitor to the bus services of Edwardian London. It is an interesting period piece, issued when travel for the affluent tourist was at its pre-war zenith. Published for the London General Omnibus Co. Ltd. by Nilsson & Co. for the Summer Season, 1911, it contains 18 pages with all the information that was included in the weekly Guides, plus a glued-in folded map. Dimensions are approximately 3½" by 6".


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