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January 10th 2015

Battle Bus B2737
Great War
Front Line Tour

Back in July I brought you a feature on Battle Bus B2737. At that time its restoration to 1914 London Transport Livery had just been completed. That was not to last long. The London Transport Museum exhibited it for only a few weeks, after which it was repainted and kitted out as a Great War troop carrier.

London Transport Museum

First the signage has to be removed

London Transport Museum

All of the work of previous months is painted over in khaki (Olive Drab)

London Transport Museum

Just about half finished

London Transport Museum

Launch Day 12th September 2014

On Launch day B2737 started a tour to London Transport Museum's Acton site, on the way, while crossing Waterloo Bridge, it broke down.

London Transport Museum

Twitter posting by Dave Horlock (@Driftwood1966)
Modern buses breakdown. 100-year-old buses only pause for extended periods to allow as many people to see them as possible!

With the replacement of an old magneto, with an old magneto, B2737 then started on the tour, first to Folkestone for a bit of an exhibition. From there it crossed the Channel to France and Belgium, where it toured, winding its way through Poperinge, Ypres, Zonnebeke, Arras Peronne and Albert from September 19th through the 26th.

London Transport Museum

Memorial Arch, Folkestone

London Transport Museum

Upper Deck View of Poperinge Belgium

London Transport Museum

Bus House Cemetery

London Transport Museum

Cloth Hall Ypres

London Transport Museum

Battle Bus at the Menin Gate Ypres

London Transport Museum

Tyne Cot Cemetery

London Transport Museum

Taking a group of disabled school children for a ride around PlaceDesHéros Arras, France

London Transport Museum

Fueling up this vehicle can be costly

London Transport Museum

Péronne, Somme
8th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Memorial

London Transport Museum

Albert, Somme
French National Cemetery

London Transport Museum

Thiepval Memorial

London Transport Museum

Coach tour travelers lucked into B2737 at Pozieres Memorial

London Transport Museum

Bouzincourt Memorial

That was about it for the trip. B2737 did not drive the entire route as it would not have made the tour in time. As it was they had to fuel up often and according to a September 28th Twitter post the thermosyphon cooling system consumed, and regurgitated 28 gallons (that would be Imperial gallons) of water.

There is much more on this Bus' journeys through France and Belgium, as well as those later in the fall nearer home. Check out the links below.

Battle Bus Twitter feed, @ltmbattlebus
LTM Battle Bus Flickr Album
BBC - Vintage London bus retraces battle routes through Ypres
Culture 24 - Goodbye Piccadilly - the buses that went to war at London Transport Museum
Culture 24 - London Transport Museum Battle Bus heads through Belgium for First World War Centenary tour
Nord Pas-de-Calais - Centenaire 14-18 : un bus londonien de retour sur l'ancienne ligne de front
London Transport Museum
London Transport Museum Twitter Feed
London Transport Museum Facebook Site
London Transport Museum YouTube Site


































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