From London Bus to Battle Bus - Help get First World War B-type to the Western Front

by London Transport Museum

About the project


Tipping Point £2,500
Final Goal! £25,000
tipping point
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

The story B2737
London Transport Museum’s newly restored B-type bus, fleet number B2737, began service in January 1914 out of Mortlake Garage in south west London. It served Route 9 between Barnes and Liverpool Street before being commandeered for use by the War Department. Upon its return from military service, it served for several months as a khaki traffic emergency bus before it was sold to the National Omnibus & Transport Company in 1922 for use as a passenger bus outside London. [Image: A B-type in use as an ambulance during the First World War]
The restoration of B2737
The restoration of the bus into working order is made possible by a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund, London Transport Museum Friends and support from individual donors. Read our Battle Bus blog and see images of the restoration in progress on Flickr [Image: B2737 under restoration]
Recreating the B-type’s trip to the Western Front
B2737’s two-week tour from 18 to 29 September 2014 will take in key sites in Belgium and France associated with the use of buses during the First World War, including Ypres, Passchendaele and Arras. [Image: Rear view of a B-type bus in use as a troop carrier.]
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Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Join ltmuseum on Facebook and Twitter
  • 15 minutes
    Check out our website to find out about the Museum’s collection, public programme and events.
  • A few hours
    Visit London Transport Museum’s exhibition Goodbye Piccadilly – From Home Front to Western Front from 16 May 2014 to 8 March 2015.
  • Regular time commitment
    Consider becoming a volunteer with London Transport Museum or LTM Friends. Find out more on

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

London Transport Museum is one of the world’s leading museums in urban transport, dedicated to conserving London’s transport heritage, offering an understanding of the capital’s past and engaging everyone in debate about its future.

Our track record

From the humblest ticket to working buses and trains, the Museum’s rich collection of over 450,000 objects is at the heart of a programme of innovative education and engagement activities, a busy public family and schools programme, and the inspiration for special exhibitions.

How do we deliver this?

As an independent charity we rely on support from individuals, companies and grant-giving bodies to carry out our day-to-day activities. In 2014, we are marking the centenary of the First World War with the restoration of the B-type bus and a major exhibition, Goodbye Piccadilly, telling the stories of the unique contributions made by London transport in the war effort.