Where and when can you get on the historic buses of Barcelona?

Where and when can you get on the historic buses of Barcelona?

The Barcelona bus network celebrates its centenary in 2022 and TMB has decided to bring some of the most emblematic historical vehicles closer to the public. Among them are the British double-decker bus that circulated around the city between 1949 and 1965 or the model that arrived in Spain in 1936 and was used to transport soldiers during the Civil War.

The tour organized by the TMB Foundation is open to all citizens, so that whoever wants to can get on and discover the four classic buses that will tour the municipalities of the metropolitan area this year. The initiative has already passed through Cornellà, Sant Just Desvern and El Prat de Llobregat. Over the next few months, it will also pass through other towns and neighborhoods in Barcelona (at the end of this article we attach the planned calendar). Four historic buses

A bus that was a truck

The Dodge Brothers was built as a truck in the United States

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The oldest bus that participates in the tour is the Dodge Brothers 240, a vehicle built as a truck in the United States and that, as we have indicated before, served to carry soldiers during the Spanish Civil War. After the war it was adapted in Catalonia for passenger transport, and was used in the Cal Font de Igualada textile factory until 1980.

In the 1990s it was restored and participated in filming such as the one for the movie Soldiers of Salamis. In 2008 it was repainted with the corporate colors of TMB and the initials of the Compañía General de Autobuses (CGA).

The model that came from France

Bus Chausson Urbas number 59

Bus Chausson Urbas number 59

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In 1955, the Chausson Urbas bus came into operation, which covered metropolitan lines until 1976. Only one copy remains – number 59 – of the 25 imported from France. They were bicolor: dark green at the bottom and cream at the top. In 2009 its restoration was completed and an engine was mounted so that it can circulate.

A very British two-story

The double-decker bus also served as a tourist bus to go to the Zoo

The double-decker bus also served as a tourist bus to go to the Zoo

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Surely, the most unique bus in the collection is the ACLO Regente III, a British double-decker model that circulated in Barcelona between 1949 and 1965. It is a vehicle identical to the characteristic red London buses. In Barcelona, ​​the bodywork was originally red and cream, but in the 1960s it was painted blue.

The ACLO Regente III was restored in 1978 and presented at the Expomòbil hall. It then circulated for a decade on the Zoo’s tourist line, the so-called Zoobus. Finally, the 1989 was definitively withdrawn from service and has recently been restored.

The first articulated bus

Interior of the Pegaso 3036, the first articulated bus in Barcelona

Interior of the Pegaso 3036, the first articulated bus in Barcelona

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And lastly, the fourth vehicle that is taking part in the TMB Foundation tour is the Pegaso 3036, the first articulated bus that circulated in Barcelona at the end of the 1960s. Initially, it had a length of 18 meters and four doors on the right side, but it had to be shortened because it was longer than the law allowed. That is why it remained at 16.5 meters and three doors, some modifications that would mark the acquisition of future articulated bus models.

In the 1970s, many vehicles of this series were rebuilt and a roof hatch was added for air renewal. Bus 3036 was withdrawn in 1987 and transferred to the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona to provide service within the campus, where it circulated with license plate number 17 until 2003.

Planned schedule

The TMB classic vehicle tour will pass through the following points from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You will be able to get on the buses and there will be brief tours of the area.

  • May 28: Jardinets de Gràcia (Barcelona).
  • June 4: Montcada i Reixac.
  • June 18: Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, Plaza Molina (Barcelona).
  • July 2: Hospitalet de Llobregat, in the biggest festival of the Florida neighborhood.
  • July 16: Sant Martí, Plaza de la Palmera (Barcelona).
  • Dates remain to be confirmed for the districts of Les Corts and Horta-Guinardó.

Also, on the weekend of June 11 and 12, the XI edition of the International Classic Bus Rally between Barcelona and Caldes de Montbui will be held. That Saturday there will be an exhibition of the vehicles on Maria Cristina Avenue in Barcelona and on Sunday the journey will take place to the town of Valles.


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