for the timetable
Click here for a route map for the day
This route originally ran from Loughton to Victoria Stn. The
section of the route to be operated on the day is as follows:
LEYTON GREEN, Lea Bridge Road, CLAPTON POND,
Pembury Road, DALSTON CROSS, Balls Pond Road, MILDMAY
PARK Dove Road
Certain journeys will run from Leyton Green to Hackney Central
Station only. See note here
regarding road closure.
(Routemasters will operate as 38)
Main boarding points
Operated since before the formation of London Transport in
1933, the 38A
was one of the first RT
routes in London, with its Leyton allocation
of six-wheeler LT buses being replaced during 1947 and 1948.
Loughton's post-war STDs were replaced by RTs in 1955,
whereupon it remained RT operated from these garages, supplemented
between 1959 and 1967 by RTLs from Clapton.
The route was discontinued in September 1968, being replaced
by changes to the 20 and the 38. The RTs on the 38
lasted a further 3 years until replaced by Routemasters, which then
continued to serve Clapton Pond
October 2005. Their loss is mourned by the communities of
Clapton, Hackney and Dalston.
RT190, one of the first batch of post-war
1947 to Leyton Garage and used on route
38A, in Rosebery Avenue on the last day of the
Routemasters on route 38, 28 October 2005.
RT190 will be in service on the
38A on Easter Sunday.
Photo © Peter Osborn 2005