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Matchbox buses and trams

by Peter
Categories: AEC, Buses & Coaches, Daimler, Leyland, Matchbox, Yesteryear
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Over the years Matchbox Lesney created some of the British icons of the London streets, the buses, most of us in the UK take them for granted but even in my lifetime the changes have been enormous, so lets go back to the beginning of the double decker.

The Matchbox B Type bus was one of the earlier Yesteryear range and made in 1956, Number Y2 and listed as a 1912 to 1920 B type bus.

My one is missing most of it’s decals and the driver and is due for replacement.

Trams were also popular with Matchbox, and again a Matchbox Yesteryear model, number Y3, this is a 1907 London E Class tram car, this was in production from 1956 until 1965 so a good production run and there are no doubt many of these out there, from what I know about these the decals are likely to of been ‘News of the World’.

This one has also lost much of it’s decals but as both of the above came my way as part of a job lot, didn’t even know I had them until I unpacked the box.

Both will be upgraded at some point or restored.

Next we look at the trollybus and is one of my favourites.

This is the grey wheel version and also available with black wheels, much of the decals are intact, this is Matchbox No56, and released in 1958, the decals came in various types although the ‘Peardrax’ is one of the more common versions.

Next is the old RT, the First bus I remember as a kid and been on many.

Matchbox produced this one in 1954, number 5 and called it London bus, it’s the smallest bus they ever made at only 52mm long, there is also a slightly bigger one made in 1957 and is 57mm long and also numbered 5.

In 1961 the  RT London bus was replaced with the AEC Routemaster.

We are now going to fast forward to 1972 when Matchbox created the Londoner and numbered it 17, this is based on the DMS or Leyland Fleetline was dubbed the Londoner and came into service in London in 1971.

Prior to that was the earlier Daimler Fleetline, Matchbox N074.

Matchbox Daimler Fleetline

The Leyland Titan was produced in 1981, first in the UK then later was moved to China, the name changed to ‘London Bus’

Other Leyland Titan liveries, some made in England, China and Macau

Matchbox Leyland Titan

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The real buses.

The pictures below and links are for the real buses

The B Type bus, 1911 -1920

More on B type buses Click Here

Trollybus and Tram

More on Trollybuses Click Here

The RT London bus

More on RT buses Click Here

The AEC Routemaster

For more on the Routemaster buses Click Here

The Daimler Fleetline

The Leyland Fleetline DMS

For more information on the Fleetline Click Here

The Leyland Titan

For more on the Leyland Titan Click Here

The future of the double decker in London

For more pictures and information on the future double decker, Click Here