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British Buses

British Buses

The first motor buses were rather crude affairs, many of which were derived from lorries, and most had solid tyres and primitive suspension. During the 1920s there was rapid development in motor bus design, the Leyland Lion single decker being one of the first 'civilised' buses.

The tram was at first the main form of town and city transport from the late nineteenth century to the mid nineteen twenties and at this point well over 14,000 were operating on British roads but that figure was soon to diminish as more and more buses entered service. By 1930 over 50,000 buses and coaches were in service, and by the early nineteen fifties this figure had risen to over 80,000.

Both Leyland and A.E.C. were in the forefront of bus development and the Leyland Titan and Tiger followed by the A.E.C. Regent and Regal were all designed by John Rackham who was chief engineer to Leyland and later to A.E.C., the latter company being the major supplier to London Transport which at one time operated 10,000 buses and trams.

Other manufacturers including Bristol, Bedford, Daimler, Dennis and Guy were also making contributions in bus development, but most of these names have now disappeared.

Our prints have been arranged in order as shown in the margin for easy access and many more prints and paintings are either in the drafting stage or are awaiting to be scanned and will be added to our collection very soon.