London Bus Museum Display
23 October 2011
The buses on display are well reported elsewhere, but the
Leylands from Mike Sutcliffe's collection can't pass without a
record here as well.
The oldest surviving British-built
bus, this 1908 Central Omnibus Leyland X-type carries a Tilling
1906 body originally fitted to a Milnes-Daimler that was
converted to a lorry. At 34 seats, the design is reminiscent
of the horse bus. Central was one of the may
operators introducing new motor buses in London, prior to the
rationalisation of 1912 that saw the General reign supreme.
The LT Museum's 1920 K-type,
although still on its solid tyres, shows considerable
development of bus design, in particular the siting of the driver
next to rather than behind the engine, which increased capacity to
46. The similar but larger S-type increased this to 56.
Photo © Tony Albery
Chocolate Express was the first of
the so-called 'pirate' operators who sprung up after the first
war. This 1924 Leyland LB5 carries a 48-seat Dodson
body. The pneumatic tyres were fitted in 1930. The RT
next to it was designed 15 years after the Leyland was
Photo © Garry Rodgers