Model of a London omnibus

Edwin Earnshaw

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London omnibus of 1854-5, model (scale 1:20)

This model, which was made by the donor in 1855, shows they type of omnibus in use in London at that time.

The design was practically the same as Adam's omnibus of 1846 (see 1914-433), except that space has been made for a transverse seat on the roof behind the driver's seat which has been moved forward. A single passenger can also be accommodated beside the driver. Access to the longitudinal roof seats was by steps, with a handrail, up the back end of the body, with a large step was provided for the conductor to stand on. There were three sliding windows and two louvre ventilating panels on each side of the body. Two horses were employed with the omnibus.


Road Transport
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Earnshaw, E.

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