Super Scooter - Wartime Conductress To See Her Old Bus Again

By Graham Spicer | 22 April 2005
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Shows a photo of a green single deck bus in need of repair in a depot with other buses in the background

The 'Scooter' bus had been used as a chalet and took 10 years to restore. © London's Transport Museum.

A retired conductress is to be reunited with the bus she worked on during the Second World War.

Joyce Wright has not seen the LTL ‘Scooter’ type single deck bus since it was rescued for restoration by London's Transport Museum.

It took 10 years to restore and will now take part in the London to Brighton Historic Commercial Vehicle Run on May 1 2005.

“We are delighted to see the Scooter return to its original condition after so much hard work,” said Oliver Green, the museum’s Head Curator.

Shows a photo of a red and white painted single deck bus outdoors, it has two sets of rear wheels

Good as new. The bus is now ready to head south on the London to Brighton Historic Commercial Vehicles run. © London's Transport Museum.

The restoration has been one of the museum’s largest projects to date, and the Friends of the Museum helped provide funding and volunteers.

“The museum’s curatorial team, joined by members of the Friends, are very proud that the bus will be reunited with Joyce and ready to join other heritage vehicles in the London to Brighton run in 2005,” added Oliver.

Built in 1931, the bus became a BBC employee’s holiday chalet after being retired from public transport.

It will be joined by historic fire engines, lorries, steam wagons and delivery vans on the annual London to Brighton run, now in its 44th year. Vehicles leave from the South Terrace at London’s Crystal Palace between 7.00 and 9.00am, aiming to arrive at Marine Parade on Brighton’s seafront by 10.30am.

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