Essex Bus Enthusiasts Group



Latest Group News

April 2022:  for details of all the massive First Essex service changes, go to

Essex Bus Magazine:

The planned publication date of each magazine is shown in the previous issue.  We will only post information here if there is a significant delay.


The magazine features full colour throughout (except where we use historic black & white photos) and has been renamed from Essex Bus News to Essex Bus Magazine, to reflect our long-standing editorial policy of featuring historical and current articles as well as current news.


Follow us at for Group news, publication dates for Essex Bus News, our weekly “From The Archives” photo features and lots more!

The FB page is updated regularly, far more often than this web site.

First Essex fleet lists:    

From February 2020 we started publishing a free monthly First Essex Buses fleet list.  Click on the “Fleet lists” link to the left to download copies.


Our monthly meetings are listed on the relevant page, we will only post news here if a meeting is changed or cancelled.


ALL meetings are currently cancelled for the foreseeable future.  We cannot say yet when our Chelmsford meetings will be able to resume, until we appoint a new meetings organiser.  We have no plans to resume meetings in Colchester.


See the Tours page for info.  There are none currently scheduled.


Volumes 1 & 3 of our Eastern National Fleet Record series are still available, see the Publications page for details, along with EN & Thamesway in London (Tendered Services).  Volume 2 is now sold out but can be downloaded for free in pdf format from MDS Booksales.

Photo Service:

This has now closed and we have passed our negative collection to The Bus Archive.  Visit the Omnibus Society photo service for prints to buy.

Group administration: 

Our data protection notice can be viewed here.

The Essex Bus Archive:

We are continuing to build a digital archive of Group and bus operator records.  Our long-term aim is to make these all freely available via a dedicated archive website.  Meanwhile, we can offer pdf copies of all our of news-sheets and magazines back to 1964 (excluding the most recent two years) and copies of Eastern National allocation sheets from 1964 to the early 1990s, along with various other documents and records.  Contact us if you are interested.

Archive articles:

Short article on Thames Weald & Dr Heffernan added Feb 20, 2018.

Use the link on the left to access all the articles currently on-line.

Full details of the latest developments on the Essex bus scene are reported in our monthly magazine, Essex Bus News. 

Magazine copy is not published on this site, except for a sample back issue.


To follow local developments day by day, you may wish to join the (free) Yahoo! discussion group, Essex-Buses and/or the (free) Google Groups Essex Bus Photos (which have no connection with the Essex Bus Enthusiasts Group). 


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