Rollsigns from Great Britain (England)
This Crosville, England tyvek (paper) front destination
sign is off a 1973 Bristol Rell with an Eastern Coach
Works body, like the one in the picture above. The sign
has no print date or manufacturer. It has 50 exposures.
This tyvek (paper) side destination sign is from a
"Kentish Bus" vehicle similar to the one pictured
above. It has no printed date or manufacturer. It
has 64 exposures. Kentish Bus operated Route
19 in southeast London, England before being
absorbed into the larger London Transport.
These rollsigns were purchased through "eBay" from other
collectors overseas. The knowledge of their history is limited.
This tyvek (paper) front destination sign is
from London Transport, and covers
destinations in the southeast area. It has
no printed date or manufacturer. It has 34
exposures. From what I've been told, the
blue and yellow exposures are rare.
These two "Dayglo" tyvek bus signs are from London United
Busways, a service operating out of Shepherd's Bush garage
in west London. London United was a privatised company that
was formed after the break up of London Transport/London
Buses. In 1996, it was sold to a French company called
"Transdev" and continued to provide service to this date.
Both of these signs were designed for a Routemaster
double decker bus. The "PP" sign (left) is dated from about
1996 and has four exposures, the "LL" sign (right) has no
printed date, and has 5 exposures. The "LL" sign's tag is
seen below. It was printed on the back of the sign.
Both signs have been drawn virtually perfect to scale. The
"LL" sign (left) has been enlarged to 1 1/2 times the size of
other signs, to enhance detail.
TEL: 0161-655 3244.
WLT-880 (RML-880) London United Routemaster is seen on Route 94,
Sept. 29, 2002. The destinations on the sign in the picture are the same
as the the second exposure on each sign.  The "PP" sign (above/right) is
located under the second deck overhang, above the left side headlight.
The "LL" sign (right) is above the side/rear entrance.
(Photo courtesy of the website:
A guide to the destination blind letter codes and their placements on a Routemaster is shown in the lower right corner of this page.
This tyvek (paper) front route number sign (MM
position) is from London Transport, and covers
routes from Hackney Depot in the northeast central
area of London. The sign may have been removed
from bus #323. It has no printed date or
manufacturer. It has 34 exposures.
The logos on this
sign are listed below.
First Transit.
First Transit.
London Underground
British Railways
London Transport has always had a strict guideline for its look, including the
destination blinds in their buses. The McKenna Brothers company has been in
business since 1978, and has been the main supplier of tyvek (paper) destination
blinds for years, using the Johnston typeface font as the standard. Originally the signs
were black with white lettering, but later prints use a florescent green colour for the
characters, called DayGlo. With Routemanter buses having so many different blinds,
this coding was created to identify which sign went in which location on the buses.
For  more information on the McKenna Brothers and the history of the Johnston typeface:
The McKenna Brothers company website.
Johnston Typeface Wikipedia page.