Around 600 of the buses, survived the war and went on to service the capital until the model was retired in the 1920s and sold to a regional bus company to run for many years more in the home counties.
Now fully restored by the
Transport museum curator
Although they often got into difficulties on narrow muddy country roads and usually had to travel by night because their height made them so visible, they were mechanically extremely reliable, with interchangeable engines and parts so that damaged vehicles could be cannibalised for repairs. Although the exteriors were camouflaged, the buses went into war with their original interiors, including elegant moquette seat cushions, which were invariably pinched as bedding, enamel signs advertising Pear's soap and
When the museum found B2737, owned by a private collector whose dream of restoring it himself was never realised, a surprising amount had survived including the chassis. The engine came from another B-type that had been exported to
In a few weeks B2737 will once again lose its bright colours and be repainted in drab khaki, and will travel to
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