The B-Type was one of the first reliable motorised mass produced buses. It was first manufactured in 1910, became very popular and over 3000 were made during its lifetime. The B-Type also helped spell the end for the horse drawn bus, as it could run all day without rest unlike the horses, so produced much higher profits for the bus route operators.
The B-Type could transport a total of 34 passengers, 16 inside and 18 on the open top deck. It had a top speed of 16 mph, but the legal limit at the time was 12 miles an hour, so it wasn’t considered slow, and was fairly speedy when compared to horse drawn buses.
The B-Type was constructed of a wooden frame, steel wheels, and a chain driven gearbox. At launch it did not have headlights, and electric lighting wasn’t widely available until 1913. During the first world war, many B-type buses were requisitioned by the War office and modified for military use transporting troops.