Model of Shillibeer's omnibus of 1829

George Shillibeer

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Shillibeer's omnibus, 1829, model (scale 1:6)
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Shillibeer's omnibus, 1829, model (scale 1:6). The omnibus was introduced into England by George Shillibeer, a coach builder, who ran two vehicles of this type between Paddington and Bank in London from 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 passengers 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'. This model was presented by the London General Omnibus Co. Ltd. for the Shillibeer Centenary of 1929.


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London General Omnibus Co. (Chiswick)

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