'Steam Omnibus', 1833.
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

'Steam Omnibus', 1833.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Coloured print of a steam omnibus carrying pasengers to Paddington, London. Walter Hancock of Stratford built a steam omnibus which he named the 'Enterprise' for the London and Paddington Steam Carriage Company, entering service on 22nd April, 1833. With seating for 14 pasengers, it was the first self-propelled vehicle to operate a scheduled bus service for fare-paying pasengers. Although not identified as such on the print, the vehicle depicted is almost certainly the Enterprise.

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