The Forward Association is building a virtual collection of models, artifacts, memorabilia and other items. If you have a picture of something interesting, let us know. Full credits given.
Forward Models' buses on Mike Ward's marvellous layout
Model of an early Daimler bus 1914
As seen in Selly Oak in 1914. This was BCT's first motobus, mainly used to extend the Bristol Road tram route from Selly Oak to Rednal and Rubery. They did not last long. The chassis were commandeered by the War Office for use as lorries in WWI. The bodies were later put onto Tilling-Stevens petrol electric chassis. Model repainted by Derek Perry.
Model of an AEC 'piano front' 1930s
Features of the 'Birmingham Standard' now developing in this AEC product. From a Pirate Models kit by an unknown builder.
Map and description of routes 1937
First used in 1935, this was the cover of a fold-out map of tram, bus and trolleybus routes. It was still being used nearly twenty years later when the trolleybuses had gone and the trams were on the way out! Loaned by Forward Models.
Model of Leyland bus
One of the post-war replacements - an off-the-shelf Leyland with Leyland body. An EFE model with advertisements and destination boards added.
Guy Arab JOJ 550
By a shy and retiring model maker who wishes to remain anonymous. A lovely model in 1:16 scale, though!
Meccano Magazine 1957
Which featured the 'New Look' buses in a long article inside.
Midland Red pre-World War One
There were a few red buses in Birmingham! Midland Red deserves recognition because they built their own buses. Here is one they did not build! An early Tilling-Stevens repainted by Derek Perry using an Oxford Diecast model.