London Transport Special Bus Signs

These rare genuine and original unused 1960‘s - 70‘s printed paper signs were pasted onto a board sited in front of the front passenger window of buses, usually the iconic 'half-cabs' London RT buses, and the single-deck RF's. Beware, copies are now appearing, these are real! These were used when a special event meant more buses had to be laid on. As you can see they're delightful when framed and will never fail to evoke fond memories and conversation. Most of the yellow background ones are dated from the 1970s. Whenever I see the Battersea Park sign I always remember my old Dad taking me on the motor boats there when I was a kid! If you used to go there the YouTube clip at the bottom of this page is well worth a look!

When these are gone they’re gone, only a few left of each. A top quality framing service is available.

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The wonderful Youtube film above right shows the very boats my Dad used to take me on in Battersea Park, here Captained by Stars of the early 1960s.

I never saw Sid James, though, and look, ‘Elsie Tanner’, ‘Len Fairclough’, Harry Fowler , Nicholas Parsons, Donald Sinden, and many more household names of the day. And could that be Russ Conway or Mrs Mills playing the piano? [Actually Winifred Atwell].

“All arrived, safe and sound. As I said, I am new to all of this kind of thing in lots of ways - but your packaging is inspired! Very clever re-cycling and the contents are not bad either... Fantastic customer service too. I shall have to recommend you to all and sundry. I may be back again soon for more stuff”. Thanks again and take care. H.

Wow! I can't believe what a fantastic service you offer.  As promised, my signs - all beautifully packaged were waiting for me in my office when I arrived back this afternoon.  They are absolutely perfect.  It has been a real joy doing business with you, thank you so much,  Kind regards   K

Hi  I received the items yesterday - absolutely fantastic thank you!  Regards  F

Just received the sign Haydn! Thank you very much, it’s brilliant. All the best F


Hi Haydn

Your packing was superb and the sign is in great shape! We LOVE it.

Thanks again. Cheers, P. USA   March 2021

Here is the current stock of Special Bus signs. These are in 2 sizes, 25 x 7.5" and 25 x 3.75" approx.  From £39 - £198 each inc P&P.

Please Note: The pictures were taken in different light conditions by an incompetent photographer [me]. Some of the yellow background examples appear lighter then they actually are. Likewise some of the black background examples appear grey, in fact they're black!

The first batch shown below with the yellow backgrounds are from the 1970s, virtually all have a date code on them and show the printers, Waterlow and Ripley. FOLLOWED BY:

1960s Black background examples. FOLLOWED BY:

Small yellow [1970s] along with Small Black examples [1960s]   Please expect some minor signs of storage as these are up to 60+ years old.

The black background Special Bus signs below although undated are from the 1960s and measure 25 x 7". At 60+ years old the paper upon which they are printed is a little frail if compared to a sheet of A4 in your printer. Like all of these old original signs please expect some light marks  and sometimes a wee tear on the very edge that will be covered by framing. As usual my poor photography with varying light conditions makes some of the black background look grey, they're not! I'd never send out anything that I'd not display in my home. From £69 inc a very well packed fast UK delivery. These are very hard to find these days and are a delight once framed.

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This one is £39 inc P&P

BELOW: Medium size Special Bus signs 25" a 3 3/4".As above the yellow on black are mainly dated and all from the 1970s, the black background examples are from th 1960s and undated.

N.B. Now only 2 examples left of the 1960s To & From the Boat Race below.

Last 2 remaining

This one £12

To order a beautifully framed example please click on the image to the right.