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May 23rd 2015

Battle Buses

London Transport Museum

This is Bus B2737 restored to its pre-WWI livery by the people at the London Transport Museum.

At the outbreak of the Great War this bus along with a thousand others, all with their drivers and mechanics, were commandeered for troop transport to and from the front. Not all of the buses returned, and almost 1500 of the crews never returned.

This bus has been restored to its pre-war glory, this London General Omnibus Company (LGOC) B-type will be trimmed out as a military transport for its trips to ceremonies in France and Belgium later this summer.

London Transport Museum

Street scene at Hammersmith, with buses and pedestrians. B-Type Bus, number B204, LGOC, Route 9

London Transport Museum

About as basic as troop transport gets. Keep your heads down!

London Transport Museum

I think the pigeons road better.

The Guardian Article

The Museum's blog on this restoration is well worth the read. Here are the blog entries in chronological order, enjoy

Restoring Battle Bus
B-Type Restoration Material
Remembering the First World War - We Want Your Stories
The Moquette Story
Pre-First World War Newspaper Clippings Uncovered In Seat Cushion
What Came Before the B-Type Bus?
Apprentice Recruitment Day Round Up
B-Type Decorative Fretwork
The Kitemark On Our B-Type Bus
Happy Birthday B2737!
A B-Type Paper Trail
What's In A Number?
New Apprentices Visit Battle Bus
Becoming A Bus Driver... 100 Years Ago!
Goodbye Piccadilly: Florence Cordell's Story
Goodbye Piccadilly: World War 1 Facts
London's Buses On the Western Front
Unveiling the Restored B-Type Bus
TOC H: A Refuge From the War

If you choose you can help support this restoration project at buzzbnk


































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