This 1957 AEC Regent V,
with Park Royal bodywork, (registration 956 AJO) is typical of the sort of open platform double-deck, front engined bus that operated around Oxford city in the 1950's and 1960's.

Conductors were essential on these buses, as the driver sat separate from passengers.
"All aboard -
fares please!"

Fleet List

Click here to view and download a PDF which contains a double-sided A4 sheet of our current fleet list of buses, coaches , cars and trams (updated February 2017).

Scroll down the page to view some pictures of a few buses in our extensive collection.

For many years most of the buses operated by
the City of Oxford Motor Services Ltd were built
by AEC of Southall.

The AEC badge (left) was proudly displayed on
the radiator of most of these vehicles.

AEC logo radiator

As well as many bus chassis built by AEC, our
collection also includes buses and coaches with
chassis built by:-
Bedford (OB), Bristol (VRT), Daimler (Fleetline),
Dennis (Loline), Ford (R1040 & Transit),
Leyland (Atlantean & Leopard) and Morris (FF).

Our collection has coachwork by:
Alexander, Eastern Coach Work, Carlyle, Duple, Mellor, Park Royal, Plaxton, Weymann & Willowbrook

The Oxford Bus Museum has its origins in the Oxford Bus Preservation Syndicate, which was set-up 50 years ago in 1967 by a group of bus enthusiasts. They had the foresight to see that buses and coaches of significance to previous generations should be saved and preserved for future generations to enjoy (before they were lost for all time). Beginning with just one vehicle (pictured opposite) - which can still be seen and ridden on today - the collection grew until permanent premises were needed.

Since 1984 the museum has been at the old railway station yard in Long Hanborough. Generous assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund has enabled us to house our collection under cover and to display it to the best advantage for you to enjoy.

Click on an image (below) to enlarge the picture and to read the caption.

1881 Oxford Horse Tram

It's taken five years of painstaking restoration to bring this magnificent 1881 Horse Tram back to its original glory - and here it is, complete with 'Oberon' the horse.

From 1880 through to 1914 these horse trams provided Oxford city with its first regular public transport network. Then in 1914 all the horse trams were withdrawn to be replaced by "modern" petrol engined motorbuses.

Now you can see what the cities first public transport vehicles looked like and appreciate what tram travel was like - in an age before the petrol and diesel engine existed.

1995 Volvo B10b / Plaxton 'Verde'

In August 2016 we bought 'Flo' (N605 FJO) - pictured right on arrival at our Museum site. She is a 1995 VOLVO B10B with Plaxton 'Verde' bus body. One of 28 delivered new to the Oxford Bus Company in November 1995. She worked mainly on the route 2 group of routes between Barton the city centre and Kidlington.

Withdrawn by the Oxford Bus Company in 2004, she has spent the last 12 years working for two independent bus companies, most recently in Cambridgeshire.

Our plan is to restore her to the original red, white and blue Oxford Bus Company 'Cityline' livery that she carried when new - as shown below.

N605 FJO new
Tram 6
605 on 4 Aug 2016


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