Year of the Bus – Bus Cavalcade – Regents Street

All the cliches come to mind, like “Hold tight please”, and “Move down the bus”. When you want a bus, they are nowhere to be found, but today, go to Regents Street in London, and they are everywhere, but with a difference. They aren’t going anywhere. Yes, some you can climb into the cab, some as a passenger, top deck, bottom deck. Standing, Seating. The Year of the Bus has come to Regents Street. Buses that were horse drawn, from the early 1800’s right up to today’s Boris Bus.

The colourful yellow bus below was used in 1829, and was horse drawn. Although that would be pretty obvious from the looks of it. This bus was right by the exit from Piccadilly Circus underground station. The buses proceeded from this point getting steadily younger.

The bus below, or ones like it were used during the 1st World War to transport troops to the front line. That means that this bus is over a hundred years old. This was also London’s first mass produced motorbus.

I couldn’t resist taking a photo of these kids, typical street urchins, as we would have called them. Grubby, and playing in the street with their toy bus. That bus has seen better days, but they were in the right place to play busses. I am sure if they asked for 10p for each person to take their photos they would have come away with quite a nice amount of money.

I saw these guys lying on a sofa bed, and thought to myself, yeah. I bet you’ve been waiting a long time for the next bus… Did you just miss it by some chance. Close by there was some foam where you could make you own comfortable seat for when you are waiting for the bus. Don’t tell them, but there’s a bus behind them.

Have you ever played with Legos? Silly question I know. They have been around for ever, and what do you know, right outside one of the biggest toy shops in the world, they have build a lego bus shelter. If for nothing else, the trip to take some pictures is now complete seeing this. This is what I mainly came for. But man! it was crowded. There was more people wanting to photograph or inspect the lego bus shelter than there was wanting to get onto the oldest bus. Even the map (three images down) was made of lego.

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