Steam bus gets new lease of life on Weston seafront

PUBLISHED: 10:22 16 September 2015 | UPDATED: 11:26 16 September 2015

Steam Bus 'Elizabeth'.

Steam Bus 'Elizabeth'.

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Europe's only revenue-earning steam bus has begun a new chapter taking a trip down the Weston seafront.

The 1931 steam bus, named Elizabeth, moved to Weston from Whitby in North Yorkshire this year after being acquired by bus company Crosville.

The custom built 30-seat bus operates on selected days, and will be picking up passengers from Pier Square on Sunday.

Crosville has announced it will embark on a strict training programme to up-skill their drivers to operate the vehicle, which was originally built as a freight wagon.

Crosville, which opened its Regent Street travel shop in August, has dedicated itself as a travel and tourist information centre.

The bus company is now urging volunteers to come forward, to join their team and help maintain Elizabeth. They hope the steam bus will add to the extensive array of tourist attractions on the seafront.

Crosville chairman Jon Pratt-Jones said: “We have been overwhelmed with the response and love for Elizabeth. We are very much looking forward to seeing her return for 2016 and hope that this years running has given a flavour as to what can be expected with a full season of operation.”

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