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What Happened to The Magic Bus?

The Magic Bus

Sue's (my wife's) last post prompted a good question...

What happened to the magic bus?

In other words, what happened to the bus on the USA (import) album cover for The Who's Magic Bus - The Who on Tour?

Well... being an Über-Bus-Geek, I tried to find out...

First of all, I looked hard at the jacket and noted it's using it's original license plate...

Magic Bus Plate

THA 111

Also notice above the plate? BMMO is the logo... The Birmingham and Midland Motor Omnibus Company Limited which means something else... this is NOT a "London Bus", but most likely a "Midland Red" bus.

Then off to good old Google...

First, to locate the model...

Via my friends at UK BusPhoto and a little work there, it's a BMMO D7 model.


Now, off to find out information on Midland BMMO D7s...

Well, I tried... no luck with "THA 111"... but I found "THA 110" which is obviously The Magic Bus' sister... and she hasn't faired too well...

THA 110

The above is obviously a recent picture... but I don't know where from or what's the situation... other than she's seen better days. She's been "tagged", some of her windows are smashed, and her radiator cowell/cover is off... The site, unfortunately, doesn't provide any history...

...but the question remains... where's THA 111? Where is "The Magic Bus"?

Was she scrapped? Has she been preserved?

Right now, I don't know... but I'll try to find out.

Thanks to the Midland Red website... I don't know for sure if THA 111 was with Midland Red... but it seems likely.

Finding the history of what happened to the Midland Red buses... or BMMO buses... has been and is very difficult... makes me very happy that RLH 3, our dream bus and goal, has a decent written traceable history of ownership...

Well, like I said, I'll try to find out more about "The Magic Bus"... and if I find her or what happened to her, I'll let you know.


Addendum: July 19th, 2006: Yesterday we received confirmation that "The Magic Bus" or BMMO 4111 had been completely scrapped many years ago. Of this particular model, there were 350 built... and only three remain... two in the U.K. which are preserved, and one near Las Vegas which has been more-or-less abandoned.

See this link for details...

Sadly, "The Magic Bus" is no more... We only hope this is not the same fate that our own Regent Low Height 3 (or BMMO 4110) will face... it's sad when a little piece of history is scrapped...


Please Remember: We are trying to save/own RLH 3... a very special Regent Low Height bus in Santa Rosa, California... If you can help us spare her from the scrappers, please click on the "CAN YOU HELP?" icon on the upper-right of this blog... or help us get the word out about our pixel ad site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com.

Remember our eBay listing for the pixel site ads too!

With some help, we can make a dream come true... and save a piece of history...



Comment from: Admin [Member] Email ·
Sad about old RLH 76 in the scrap... I know of it through not only Ewen Pring, but through the book "The London RLH" by P. Gascoine... Too many of these old buses end scrapped which is very sad.

Thanks for passing on the details! It would be great to know more about the "Magic Bus"... I believe Sue will be contacting you shortly to follow up about the e-mail (if you don't mind) as, needless to say, you've hit a big nerve with something we're VERY interested in!
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