Weymann and Harrington celebration, 17 April 2016
Both Weymann of Addlestone and Harrington of Hove closed their doors as builders of bus and coach bodies 50 years ago next year. Weymann dated from the 1920s, when Charles Weymann applied aircraft technology to the building of motor bodies. The company constructed more bus bodies than coach bodies, and was well-known for its major contract, alongside Park Royal, to build RTs for London Transport. These required a separate factory in Weybridge, but the Addlestone factory produced buses and coaches for a wide variety of operators. Harrington were a much older firm, having started making horse-drawn carriages. They were coachbuilders par excellence, known for their iconic elegant designs, including the dorsal fin which they developed in the 1930s, and provided coaches to operators both large and small.
To celebrate both companies and mark 50 years since closure, the London Bus Museum’s main annual event, Spring Gathering 2016, takes Weymann and Harrington as its theme. Weymann was local to the museum, and the event will include bus rides to the locations of the Weymann factories, as well as a display of ephemera relating to the company and its people. A range of buses and coaches produced by both companies will be on show and, in some cases, running on the free bus services. Spring Gathering takes place on Sunday 17 April 2016 at Brooklands, Surrey.
Historic commercial vehicles are always welcome to LBM events, regardless of whether they have a London link, but owners of Weymann and Harrington bodied buses and coaches are especially invited to bring their vehicles to Spring Gathering 2016. More details and registration forms will be available on the museum’s website, www.LondonBusMuseum.com.
Note for editors
- London Bus Museum at Brooklands, Surrey, is an independent charity and holds the world’s largest collection of operational historic London buses. It shares the site of Brooklands Museum and is open daily except at Christmas.
- Spring Gathering is the museum’s largest annual event, featuring a wide-ranging display of buses and coaches, ancient and modern and free rides on heritage and modern vehicles and specially themed displays each year. Since 2014 the event has taken place at Brooklands.
Contact Peter Osborn, Treasurer, London Bus Museum. (Select Event Enquiry)
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