Battle Bus

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A bus for London

The B-type, developed by the London General Omnibus Company (LGOC), was the first successful mass-produced motor bus. Introduced in 1910, it was designed and built in London. LGOC’s horse-drawn bus fleet was replaced by motor buses in a relatively short time. By 1913 there were 2,500 B-type buses in service, each carrying 340,000 passengers per year along 600 miles of busy roads in and around London.

B2737 – the Battle Bus

With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and London Transport Museum Friends, B2737 was restored to operational condition. It was launched in June 2014 in its original red and cream livery, and attended 14 public events over the summer. In September 2014 the bus was converted into a military troop carrier to commemorate the role of London’s transport workers during the First World War. As a military vehicle it has attended a number of events, including a 10-day commemorative tour of key Western Front locations in Belgium and France. For more about the journey, see our tour leaflet below.

Battle Bus leaflet - Western Front tour [3.32 MB]

A mobile exhibition, Battle Bus – London to the Western Front, created by Battle Bus apprentices, tells the story of London’s buses and transport staff during the First World War. For more about the Battle Bus, see our leaflet below.

Battle Bus leaflet [4.36 MB] 

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Photos from past events can be seen in our two Flickr albums:

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From Tottenham to the trenches

Date: 23 October 2016 until 26 March 2017
Location: Bruce Castle Museum, Haringey

During 2016 the Museum has worked with three teams of young volunteers; a research team, an exhibition team and an outreach team. The exhibition they have co-curated, From Tottenham to the trenches, marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and uncovers the story of London buses and the lives of local people from Tottenham who were affected by the First World War.

Find out more about the exhibition on the Bruce Castle Museum website

London Transport Museum would like to thank all those who have made this exhibition possible. In particular, we are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund and the London Transport Museum Friends for funding the Battle Bus project. Above image created by students from Northumberland Park Community School.

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