Malcolm Root - Summer Excursion - Bedford OB
Eastern Counties Bedford OB bus on a countryside route sometime in the 1950s Greetings Card
Introduced in 1939, the OB was to be seen on Britain's roads in good numbers for over thirty years. As near to timeless as say, the Douglas DC-3 or Routemaster bus, OB buses were used by both national and private companies up and down the country.
While production was suspended during WWII, when production of the type finally ceased in 1951 over 12,000 had been built, making it one of the first really successful buses in Britain having a high service speed for its day of 40mph.
A highly prized vehicle in preservation, over 180 are still existence and a number still running services to and from preserved railway lines.