Bus Museums

LONDON BUS MUSEUM

The London Bus Museum has the world's largest collection of buses! Bradley the Bus attended the 40th Spring Gathering on the 21st April 2013. It was great to meet all the new Bradley the Bus fans. We also attended the Spring Gathering on Sunday 13th April 2014 and as it is the Year of the Bus, TfL joined the celebrations and we saw the specially commissioned silver Routemaster! Please see below some general information about the London Bus Museum but for more information please visit www.londonbusmuseum.com.

"Have you ever wondered what happened to all those wonderful old buses that ran in London and which you only now see in old films and books? Well, the good news is, some of them live on! While thousands went to the scrap yard at the end of their working lives, some have found their way into preservation as living, moving museum pieces at London Bus Museum. Here you will discover the largest collection of working historic London buses in the world, a priceless heritage representing more than 100 years of public transport evolution in the capital.

London Bus Museum is much, much more than simply a display of old buses for enthusiasts; its aim is to present the unique engineering heritage of the collection in its historical, social, technological and educational background."  (London Bus Museum website)


CANVEY ISLAND TRANSPORT MUSEUM

Housed in the historic former Canvey & District bus Depot, the Castle Point Transport Museum is home to over thirty old and rare buses. Bradley the Bus attended their Open day on the 13th October 2013. We saw some familiar faces and we met so many lovely people, including owners of EnsignBus! Thanks to them an iconic Routemaster bus will be converted into Bradley the Bus - we can't wait!

"Housed in the historic former Canvey & District bus Depot built in 1934 and vacated by Eastern National in 1978, the Castle Point Transport Museum is home to  over thirty old and rare buses and coaches alongside vintage commercials,military and emergency vehicles. The display boasts a heritage ranging from the 1940s to the 1990s and in addition to the classic vehicles has a wide range of transport memorabilia and costumes on display.

On departure of Eastern National, the premises were acquired by the Eastern National Preseration Group as a home for their expanding collection and led to the formation of the Museum in1979. Whilst the locally based theme of the ENPG still predominates, the collection now includes examples from across the country.

In addition to the collection of vehicles, the Museum boasts a wide selection of ticket machines, tickets, poster, photographs and uniforms providing plenty for the visitors to enjoy.The museum still has the same working canteen in use today for  members now.The working pits and service tools are still in use today maintaining the vehicles in the Museum. The Museum is run entirely by volunteers and is one of the oldest commercial building on the island." (Canvey Transport Museum website)