Wednesday 13 April 2016

London Transport Museum Appeal & 34110 Update

A couple of days ago I received an email from a fund raising fellow at London Transport Museum, asking me to publicise their latest venture, which is an ambitious project to preserve 3 buses dating from 1908, 1914 and 1924. I am more than happy to do so, and so publish the information below.

Leyland Buses Appeal
London Transport Museum needs your help to safeguard the future of three rare survivors of a bygone age
The Leyland buses appeal is one of the most significant heritage acquisitions ever made by London Transport Museum. All three motorbuses represent important milestones in the Capital’s history that are not yet held in the London Transport Museum collection.
·         1908 London Central X2 type
·         1914 LNWR Torpedo charabanc
·         1924 LB5 Chocolate Express

London Transport Museum Friends have generously kick-started the appeal but your donation is crucial in helping us tell London’s transport story, giving people of all ages and backgrounds the chance to see and enjoy these buses as parts of the Museum’s publicly accessible collection.
To donate please visit our website or phone 02075657451.
To learn more about London Transport Museum Friends please click here.

The picture below is of a 1924 LB5 Chocolate Express, from the Mike Sutcliffe Collection.

A 1920's Leyland LB5 Chocolate Express      (c) Mike Sutcliffe Collection

You may remember that thanks to the sterling effort of many people the very last Volvo Olympian to be built, Yarmouth's 34110 was saved for preservation and moved to a new home in Essex. Well as it turns out it's going to be a far more complicated job returning her to her former glory than first thought. East Norfolk Bus Blog has published an extensive update on what has already been done and what needs to be done to the Ollie and you can read that by clicking here. Suffice it to say it looks like a good couple of years and many gold coins before she emerges reborn.

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