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Shillibeer's omnibus, 1829.

Shillibeer's omnibus, 1829.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm


Model (scale 1:6). Introduced into England by George Shillibeer, a coach builder, who ran two vehicles of this type between Paddington and Bank in London from the 4th July, 1829. This is widely accepted as representing the beginning of bus travel as a form of public transport in the United Kingdom. The omnibus was drawn by three horses and carried 22 seated pasengers inside. The journey cost one shilling for the whole ride and sixpence for half. The omnibus resembled the earlier long stage coach. The sides of its body are ornately decorated, with the lower panels bearing the name 'Omnibus'. The model was one of several made for the London General Omnibus Company Ltd as part of the Shillibeer Centenary celebrations in 1929.

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