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] 

The Battle Bus project received commendation from the Museum and Heritage Awards in 2019, and was awarded Highly Commended in the category of Education Initiative of Year.

Museums and Heritage award 2019

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