Steam bus in Covent Garden
London Transport Museum hosted a steam bus in Covent Garden Piazza recently, before taking on its starring role at a special Open Weekend at Acton Depot, in West London. Built by Tom Brogden, the bus is a replica of The Enterprise which entered service in London in 1833. The original was built by Walter Hancock of Streatham and was the very first mechanically propelled public service bus. It ran a regular service between London Wall and Paddington via Islington. It required three men to operate it: a driver, an engine man to control the water and a fireman.