A wonderful cavalcade of London buses, old and new, line up along Regent Street

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

On Sunday, Regent Street in central London was pedestrianised and  turned into an open bus museum, with a timeline of around 50 buses stretching from Oxford Circus down to Piccadilly Circus. And it was ace!

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Billed as the Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, the vent was part of London’s ‘Year Of The Bus’ celebrations.

At the northern end, you could see Transport for London’s newest bus, Boris’s baby, the 2012 Routemaster, along with hi-tech examples of electric, hydrogen and hybrid powered buses.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

The weather was glorious and some people took full advantage of the traffic free zone!

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Benches were placed on the normally busy Regent Street thoroughfare.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Heading south was like walking into the past. This natty green and yellow number was a Daimler Fleetline Experimental one-person operated bus from 1965.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

An AEC Routemaster Coach from 1965.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

AnAEC Routemaster bus from 1962, which was located next to the fabulous Lego Bus Stop.

Imber is an uninhabited village in part of the British Army’s training grounds on the Salisbury Plain

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Routemaster detail.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

On the left is a 1950 AEC Routemaster RM5 1959, with a 1958 Leyland Routemaster RML3 on the opposite side of the road.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

A young driver takes the wheel.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Taking a closer look.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

I loved this AEC BEA Coach from 1953.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

I’m not sure what this foam-based activity was all about, but people seemed to enjoy it.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

1952 AEC Regent III bus – RT2775 – complete with advert for BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation), a British state-owned airline created in 1940 by the merger of Imperial Airways and British Airways Ltd.

Delivered to London Transport in January 1952, this bus was selected, along with two others, to represent the British Travel and Holidays Association and London Transport, and was sent on a tour of the USA and Canada with the aim of promoting travel to Britain and the purchase of British products.

it was a lengthy tour too, visiting New York, Cincinatti, St Louis, Kansas City, Dallas, Sante Fe, Hollywood, San Francisco and then returning via Salt Lake City, Denver, Omaha, Des Moines, Chicago and Detroit, with a 2000-mile Canadian detour taking in Ottawa, Montreal, Perth, Toronto and London, Ontario

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Conductor.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

The curiously named Guy Arab II bus – G351 – a wartime utility bus from 1945.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

AEC Regent from 1946.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Trolley Bus Q1 class of 1948.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Trolleybus logo.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Overhead connectors.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

AEC pre-war RT from 1940. The London Bus Museum website gets particularly excited about this bus:

The famous RT1 is to London bus enthusiasts what Flying Scotsman is to the world of steam locomotives; RT1 was built in 1939 and was the forerunner of nearly 7,000 buses of its type which dominated the streets of London in the 1950s and 1960s.

Regarded by many as an icon, the RT-type bus was way ahead of its time to the extent that the last of them was not withdrawn from front-line service until 1979

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

I love the iconic Picture Post advertising.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

AEC T-type coach from 1938 in a lovely two tone green finish.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

AEC STL-type from 1937, with Branston Pickle advertising.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Front view.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Tree lopper (formerly STL1470) which was in service from 1936-1953.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

The Leyland Cub C4. One of a fleet of 36 bought by LT, these coaches were in service from 1935-1953.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

In service from 1931-1950, these single decker AEC Renown LT1076 buses were used for quieter routes or those with low bridges.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Posing for the cameras.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Grill detail.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

LT 165 AEC Renown buses were in service from 1930-1949 and some of the first to be converted to diesel.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

The bus was shown in wartime guise.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

AEC NS-type motor bus registration YR3844, in service from 1926 to 1937 and initially built with an open top.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Top floor view.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Grill detail.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Side view.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Crowds taking photos.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Leyland LB5, 1924, known as the Chocolate Express.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

AEC S-type registration XL8962, one of 928 S-Type buses built for the London General Omnibus Company by the Associated Equipment Company of Walthamstow between 1920 and 1927. This bus was recently sold at Bonhams for £281,500.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Tilling-Stevens XL1204 from 1922.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Looking north up Regent Street.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

The rather stylish AEC S-Type, in service from 1922-1932.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

AEC K-Type,a bus from 1920-1932 which established the layout of a modern bus.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Overall view.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

AEC B-type (Battle Bus). One of only four surviving B-type London buses, B2737 was built at the AEC Works in Walthamstow in 1914 and could reach a top speed of 16 mph and seat 34 passengers.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

At the outbreak of WW1, they were turned into Battle Buses to serve in the battlefields of France and Belgium.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

The Leyland X2 Motorbus of 1908, this first bus designed specifically for use in the capital.

Only 60 were ever built.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

A view near Piccadilly Circus.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

London General AEC S-type double decker S454 (XL8962), built in 1922.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

This bus once featured in an episode of the ‘On The Buses‘ TV series from the 1970s.

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London with vintage buses, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Leyland LB5 from 1924.

More details on all the buses in the Cavalcade can be found at the London Bus Museum.

More bus photos and features:
Photos from Stockwell Bus Garage Open Day, Sat June 21st 2014
Beautiful old Brixton buses at the Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street, London
Meet the Lego Bus Stop outside Hamley’s toy shop, Regent Street, London

[Year Of The Bus at TfL]
[London Bus Museum]