The number 36 bus faced stiff competition this September when the Battle Bus made a special stop in Lyndhurst's playground!
The Battle Bus crew conducted passengers from the school into its restored interior, where they were given the opportunity to find out some home truths about the Home Front and life in Britain during World War One.
Here's what the London Transport Museum say about the history of the Battle Bus:
The B-type, developed by the London General Omnibus Company (LGOC), was the first successful mass-produced motor bus. Introduced in 1910, it was designed and built in London. LGOC’s horse-drawn bus fleet was replaced by motor buses in a relatively short time. By 1913 there were 2,500 B-type buses in service, each carrying 340,000 passengers per year along 600 miles of busy roads in and around London.
With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and London Transport Museum Friends, B2737 (the Battle Bus) was restored to operational condition. It was launched in June 2014 in its original red and cream livery, and attended 14 public events over the summer. In September 2014 the bus was converted into a military troop carrier to commemorate the role of London’s transport workers during the First World War. As a military vehicle it has attended a number of events, including a 10-day commemorative tour of key Western Front locations in Belgium and France.
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This isn't Lyndhurst's first experience of this beautiful vehicle; in July 2017 our former Year 6s, who have now moved on to secondary school, visited the Battle Bus at its base in West London. There they created an art exhibition about life on the Home Front, which was recently on view at the London Transport Museum.
You can see some of our students on their visit to the exhibition when it launched, last month. The pictures accompany some lovely photos sent to us by the London Transport Museum film crew who visited the school with the Battle Bus.