Already depleted by withdrawals in the London Buses Ltd era, the Leyland Titan fleet of T class was divided upon privatisation between three new companies; London Central, Stagecoach East London and Stagecoach Selkent.
Together with a host of smaller companies operating second-hand acquisitions, the Titans' declining years between 1998 and 2003 are explored in this pictorial account that encompasses both standard day-to-day routes, emergency deployments and rail replacement services. Only small numbers remained to usher out the type altogether at the end of 2005, when step-entrance double-deckers as a whole were banished from the capital.
About the Author
Matthew Wharmby is an author, photographer and editor who specialises in London bus history. His published books include London Transport's Last Buses: Leyland Olympians L 1-263, Routemaster Requiem and Routemaster Retrospective (with Geoff Rixon), London Transport 1970-1984 (with R.C. Riley), The London Titan and The London Metrobus.
He has also written many articles for Buses, Bus & Coach Preservation, Classic Bus and London Bus Magazine. This is his seventh book for Pen and Sword; the others are London Transport's Last Buses: Leyland Olympians L 1-263, The London Bendy Bus, The London Enviro400, The London DMS and The London LS, and (with John Laker), London Buses 1970-80.