Live steam bus in Covent Garden Piazza

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Media are invited by London Transport Museum to witness a steam bus in Covent Garden Piazza on Friday 14 March at 11.30. The Enterprise steam bus will be visiting London Transport Museum before taking a starring role in this weekend’s (15 and 16 March) special Open Weekend at Acton Depot, in West London.

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The steam bus is a stunning replica of The Enterprise which entered service in London in 1833. It was built by Walter Hancock of Streatham, and was the very first mechanically propelled public service bus. It ran a regular service between London Wall and Paddington via Islington. It required three men to operate it: a driver, an engine man to control the water and a fireman.

The replica was built by Tom Brogden and accurately represents the pioneering original – complete with a working steam engine.

A London Transport Museum spokesperson will be available for interview about the vehicle and also the Open Weekend at Acton Depot, and an actor dressed as a costumed Victorian lady will also be available for photographs.

The steam bus will also be present at the Acton Depot Open Weekend this Saturday and Sunday as part of the Year of the Bus 2014 celebrations. As well as the steam bus there will be heritage bus rides, talks, film screenings, special family activities and access to the massive collection of more than 400,000 artefacts and vehicles housed at the Depot. Tickets to Acton Open Weekend can be booked in advance at www.ltmuseum.co.uk.

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