Open Top Bus - Leyland Titan TD4

Open Top Bus

These buses were particularly successful and had a long life on the roads of the city, serving through World War II...

This bus was brought into service on the 12th July 1935 as number 125 of the new fleet of Leyland TD4’s working in the streets of Portsmouth. Originally it did not have an open top, this alteration was made in June 1955.

This fleet of buses was particularly successful and had a long life on the roads of the city. They served through World War II, when bus services were reduced because the city’s population was smaller due to military service and evacuation.

This particular bus ran right up until 1971. The bus is painted in the original Portsmouth Corporation colours of maroon and custard.

Quick Facts

  • Made in Chorley, Lancashire
  • Date made 1934
  • Brought into service 12th July 1935
  • Used in Portsmouth
  • Dimensions Length 8.1m, Height 3.7m, Width 2.3m
  • Made of a wooden frame with metal panels
  • Chassis Leyland Titan TD4 with an English Electric H26/24R body
  • Accession number 1972/681


  • This bus is on display at Milestones Museum, Basingstoke, on loan from Portsmouth Museums and Records Service.
  • Portsmouth Corporation, as it was originally known, started providing public transport in the city in 1899 when they bought the tramway system from Provincial Tramways Company Limited.
  • The Corporation started operating buses in 1919 and continued to do so until the early 1990s when services were privatised.

Did you know?

Redundant Portsmouth buses were sold all over the UK and all over the world, including Australia and Mauritius.

Fact Sheets

Find out more about the City of Portsmouth Preserved Transport Depot.

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