New Bus For London and an LTM Events Roundup


Just a quick note to let interested parties know that the New Bus For London Mockup (pictures previously here and below) has now been moved to the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden. Although access inside doesn’t seem to be an option, it does at least provide the opportunity for people to see the external design up close. The model will be there for the next few months with a short series of accompanying talks.

On the subject of talks, the Museum also has one next week on The Bethnal Green Tube Disaster. This is a subject to which we will be returning in a few weeks and is likely to be an interesting talk. Tickets are available from the Museum.

Finally, a look at the calendar also shows that there is currently An Acton Depot open weekend on the 12th and 13th March. These are normally interesting and good value, and the Depot is well worth a look – not least for the sheer number of objects, posters and railway heritage machinery on display. This particular open weekend also includes talks by Christian Wolmar.

The full description for this one is as follows (more on the Transport Museum Website here):

The London’s transport in miniature open weekend will feature working transport model layouts exhibited by guest professional and amateur modellers. Displayed in various sizes and scales, and in the finest details they cover all modes of London travel from Underground trains to trams.

Special guest Christian Wolmar, author and broadcaster specialising in transport will give two talks each day over the weekend. Both talks will be centred around his newly released book Engines of war and also Subterranean Railway which was published in 2004.

Engines of war: How wars were won and lost on the railways;
Subterranean Railway: The fantastic achievements of the London Underground’s pioneers.

Saturday 12 March
Engines of War: 13:20 – 14:00
Subterranean Railways: 14:50 – 15:30

Sunday 13 March
Engines of War: 13:30 – 14:10
Subterranean Railways: 15:30 – 16:10

For those interested, ticketing details are available on the LTM website and are valid for both days.

Written by John Bull
John Bull is the Editor of London Reconnections. A transport journalist and historian, his writing often focuses on the political or strategic challenges facing London's transport network and beyond.