The Anonymous Widower

Why Doesn’t The New Bus for London Have A Top Hat?

Some of the RT London buses of the 1950s and 1960s had the route number shown at roof level at the front of the bus. This was variously called a lighthouse box, a top box or a top hat. It’s the latter that I prefer and it was a great help when catching a bus, as you could more easily identify if the one in the distance was the bus you wanted.

It’s the one feature, I would have put into the New Bus for London, that Heatherwick didn’t!

March 6, 2013 - Posted by | Transport | ,


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