Horse-drawn omnibus, 1911.
3 3 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm

Horse-drawn omnibus, 1911.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Model (scale 1:6). This is an example of the final form of the London horse omnibus which ceased running in October 1911. It had originated with the London Road Car Co around 1882. Drawn by two horses, the omnibus could seat 12 pasengers inside and 14 outside on the roof of the carriage, which was accesed by the large platform and staircase at the rear of the vehicle. The first horse-drawn buses appeared in London in 1829, and continued to be a major part of the city's public transport system until 1912, when they were superseded by the new motorised omnibuses.

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