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1903. 1-ton petrol-electric truck.
1904. Fischer Petrol-Electric Omnibus for LGOC.
1906. Fischer Petrol-Electric Omnibus.
1906. Omnibus chassis.

Fischer was an American petrol-electric bus and was the first motorbus bought by the LGOC.

The bus was made by the Fischer Motor Vehicle Company of Hoboken, New Jersey. The company set up a London office, under the name of the Fischer Motor Vehicle Syndicate at 9 Charing Cross Road. The syndicate’s secretary was Horace George Thornton.[1]

The Fischer hybrid bus was shipped to England on 2 April 1903 having been tested successfully in New York, including a run along Broadway. The London General Omnibus Co had ordered a total of 10 Fischer hybrids.[2]

Its petrol engine drove a generator, which fed two electric motors.

It was very heavy and at 7ft 5in wide exceeded the permitted width of 6ft 6in (1.98m). After a debate, the London County Council not to raise any objection to the Fischer bus.[3]

However, the Metropolitan Police refused to licence the bus and in October 1903 the LGOC asked to have it taken back and to be refunded the cost.[4]

1902 June. Description of the omnibus.[5]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Financial Times, 24 November 1902
  2. Daily Telegraph, 3 April 1903
  3. South London Press, 4 July 1903
  4. Theodore (T C) Barker and Michael Robbins, A History of London Transport, vol. 2, George Allen and Unwin, 1974, p. 124
  5. Automotor Journal 1902/06/14
  • Ian Allan - British Buses Since 1900 - Aldridge and Morris