Every year the Omnibus Society aims to extend its horizons and organises a meeting with an overseas theme jointly with our colleagues at Buses Worldwide.
Buses in Malta have always held a particular fascination for British bus enthusiasts. It was a Britsh Colony from 1813 to 1964 and became a Republic in 1974, though has always continued to have strong links with the UK. Famously for many years it was home for many a superannuated British bus, given new life (and often new flair) with very ingenious and creative reworking. For its size it has an intense and comprehensive network. The need to conform to modern EU practices has removed something of its unique charm, but the bus operations are still fascinating.
2020 saw the Centenary of motorbuses in Malta and we had hoped to celebrate that with a talk by Buses Worlwide's Malta Bus Archive Co-ordinator Richard Stedall last year. Circumstances prevailed against that but now Richard can tell us about 101 years of Maltese bus history, which is no less fascinating for not being quite such a round number.
This meeting will be held at The Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA at 18.00 for 18.30. One Great George Street was the venue for our 2018 and 2019 Presidential Addresses; it is just off Parliament Square (Westminster Undergound station). Bus routes stopping near Parliament Square include 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88, 148, 159, 211 and 453.