Victorian Horse Drawn Omnibus On The Park Street

A Memory of Bristol

This shows an early Victorian horse-drawn omnibus on the Park Street, Clifton, City Centre Bristol Zoo route. The fleet commenced with various horse trailers, totalling 109 with 678 horses. These were eventually replaced by electric cars which totalled 237.

The last new batch was built in 1920 to the same basic open top design and style as those of twenty years before. With a few exceptions all cars were rebuilt as the 'standard' car through the 1920s and 1930s.

Park Street was very steep, and at times two trace horses were added to haul the omnibus up this rather steep hill (very cruel for the poor horses).

A memory shared by Paul Townsend , on Dec 28th, 2009.

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