Cobham Bus Museum, Cobham KT11 1EF
PUBLISHED: 15:23 04 December 2010 | UPDATED: 17:08 20 February 2013
Soon to join Brooklands Mueum at their Weybridge site, Cobham Bus Museum has Europe's largest collection of London buses ranging from Victorian horse buses to various examples of the iconic Routemaster.
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine April 2010
Cobham Bus Museum
Brooklands Road, Weybridge KT13 0QN: 01932 857381
Open: Special event days
Curator: David Kinnear
What is the museum best-known for?
We have Europes largest collection of London buses ranging from Victorian horse buses to various examples of the iconic Routemaster.
Tell us your favourite local history story...
Our 1931 Green Line coach was rescued from Saint-Omer in France in 2002. After its repatriation, we discovered that it used to run on a local Surrey war-service route! By sheer coincidence, it has returned home!
Which is your favourite item in the collection?
A 1935 single-decker Q-type bus, originally based at Dorking and used on a Green Line route between Leatherhead and Watford. It was years ahead of its time.
....and the strangest?
Our art deco Leyland Motors roadside clock!
Secret Surrey: Cobham Bus Museum
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine April 2009
Located just down the road from Brooklands, the home of British motor racing, Cobham Bus Museum is the perfect place to take a nostalgic ride back in time. ENJOLI LISTON discovers more about this fascinating family attraction
Why pay a visit?
The museum houses the widest collection of ex-London Transport buses under one roof in the world - from the wooden horse-drawn vehicles of the late 1800s to the world famous red double-deckers from the Fifties. There are bus stops, ticket machines, conductors' uniforms and timetables, too!
What you can expect...
The museum building was constructed during World War Two by Vickers air manufacturers and was used as an out-station for the company's large factory in nearby Brooklands. Some bomb shelters can still be seen behind the museum.
The London Bus Preservation Trust (LBPT), the charity that owns the museum, recommends phoning ahead and booking a guided tour before making your visit. The depot is staffed by volunteer bus enthusiasts, so if you ever wanted to know the difference between a Regent and a Routemaster, this is the place to find out.
Many of the vehicles have become stars in their own right, such as the Leyland Comet, which appeared in a TV adaptation of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple mysteries. The Dennis travelled 2,000 miles across Japan to promote British tourism and the Bedford service vehicle is the only purpose-built canteen bus from the early post-war years to escape the scrap heap.
If you're keen to know more about the on-site restoration work or would just like to help with the upkeep of the museum, the Trust is always looking for new members.
Tell your friends...
Come rain, shine or, in last year's case, snow, the museum's popular spring gathering will take place at Wisley Airfield on Sunday April 5. With miniature bus rides, emergency vehicle displays and over 300 historic buses, coaches and black cabs, it's certainly a fun day out for all of the family. Admission is 10 per adult and includes two accompanied under-16s free.
And the biggest secret of all?
Cobham Bus Museum may have found a brand-new home in the shape of Brooklands Museum!
The museum's collection is a little cramped in its current location and the LBPT would like to offer visitors the chance to view exhibits in their full glory without having to call in advance. The museum's volunteers hope to hear the final word on the moving date very soon.
We'll bring you the latest news as soon as it is available!
- The London Bus Preservation Trust, Redhill Road, Cobham KT11 1EF: 01932 868665
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