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“Q” Plates

Last updated 31-03-07.
Q PLATES

“Q” plates—more correctly called “G(3) Q” plates—were so-called because of the “QUEUE THIS SIDE …/QUEUE OTHER SIDE …” message they carried. “Q” plates are often unique as they generally were made for a specific stop, and each side of the stop would have had opposite wording. They were not generally retained for further use.


This plate is likely to have come from Edgware Road where routes 6 and 8 diverge for Kensal Rise and Willesden respectively. The main central London trunk routes were of course the mainstay of Routemasters for much of their last 30 years.

Route 6 Route 8
Edgware Road

Ladbroke Grove Station

I think this plate is likely to have come from Ladbroke Grove Station where route 15 would be turning off for Acton with the other routes continuing.

Route 15 Route 52 Route 295

This “Q” plate is from a bus & coach stop (likely on the “up” side of the road) at Lewisham Clock Tower from many years ago, with two central routes sharing the stop with three long Green Line services. Quite a rare piece!

Route 21 Route 47 Route 704 Route 705 Route 719
Lewisham

Eltham

This plate would probably have come from a “down” stop in Footscray Road, New Eltham, where these routes all ran. The 61 was Eltham to Bromley and the 21 was Moorgate to Sidcup, although it now runs only as far as Lewisham. The 21A ran from Eltham to Swanley, and is now covered mainly by route 233.

Route 61 Route 21 Route 21A

This plate would likely have come from a stop in Grange Road, Bermondsey, which is the only section of road which was served by just these two routes.

Route 78 Route 1

This plate would have come from a stop in Eltham, where these routes all ran. The 228 was Eltham to Chislehurst, and has long since disappeared, as has the B1 which ran from Eltham to Bromley, and is now part of route 314. The 132 still runs from Eltham to Bexleyheath. This plate is particularly nice as two of the three routes are just memories now.

Route 228 Route B1 Route 132

Eltham

These plates would also have come from a stop in Eltham, where all three routes ran. The 228 was Eltham to Chislehurst, and has long since disappeared. The 89 and 132 still run from Eltham, the former to Lewisham and the latter to Bexleyheath. This photo shows both plates, which would have been affied to opposite sides of the stop flag (which was likey for a “down” stop).

Route 228 Route 89 Route 132

This plate would have come from a stop in the Brentford area where these routes once met.

Route 267 Route 203 Route 237

This plate would only have been on a stop during the 14-month period between 8 November 1960 and 2 January 1962 while the 660 and 666 were still trolleybus operated but the 207, 207A and 255 were already Routemaster routes.

Route 660 Route 666 Route 207 Route 255

This unusual two-colour plate was sold for £369 on ebay in early 2006.


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