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London Transport Museum
September 2, 2008 7:01 AM   Subscribe

The Future Generator at the London Transport Museum is a forecasting look at the effect of transport on climate change in London. But you can get a sense of history as well. The museum's collection originated in the 1920s, when the London General Omnibus Company decided to preserve two Victorian horse buses and an early motorbus for future generations. They moved to the present location in 1980. Londoners can take a trip back in time on the Metropolitan line and enjoy a special day out in Metro-land as two historic electric trains run special excursions on Sunday 14 September 2008.

You can browse the museum online or visit the physical location at Covent Garden Piazza. Explore the collection of over 16,000 photographs. Search via location, themes or dates over a century of photographs.

London Transport Museum has more than 80 road and rail vehicles in its collection representing public transport in the city and its suburban and country areas over the last two centuries. The 20 vehicles on display at Covent Garden are all featured here.
posted by netbros (4 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
We visited the London transport Museum in June of this year. I'm a tech and train nut so it hit on both cylinders for me.

The museum's presentation has been tweaked to appeal most to kids, with built-in activities and whatnot, but the information is complete and detailed enough to interest an adult, and of course there's the 20 vehicles to ogle.

I particularly liked the info on the development of the London Transport's "roundel" logo, a piece of brilliant design which is often identified with London itself.

Freaking shame that North America doesn't share the same regard for the importance of public transport. [grumble, grumble, TTC, grumble]
posted by Artful Codger at 11:43 AM on September 2, 2008


Really interesting post, thank you. (And another candidate for my theory that the most content-filled posts tend to gather the least comments.)
posted by jokeefe at 5:18 PM on September 2, 2008


Wonderful post, thanks netbros.
posted by nickyskye at 11:12 PM on September 2, 2008


I really wish I could go on one of those trips on 14 September (sigh). Great stuff.
posted by Phanx at 1:18 AM on September 3, 2008


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