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91-year-old bus becomes star attraction in Vijayawada

Albion passenger bus manufactured in 1932 on public display in Vijayawada (Pics. Courtesy Twitter/@apsrtc)

The Pandit Nehru Bus Station in Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada has a new attraction for the public to see and enjoy. The bus station has put on display a restored 1932 Albion passenger bus aka Deccan Queen.

As per the officials of the State Road Transport Corporation, the aim of this restoration and display is to preserve the history of road transport and connect people with it.

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The seating in the 1932 bus Deccan Queen

Manufactured 91 years ago, this Albion bus formed a part of the fleet of the Nizam State Rail and Road Transport Department which had 27 other such buses. They were used as public transport vehicles by the Nizam Government ruling Hyderabad kingdom. Apart from the buses the department also operated Nizam’s Guaranteed State Railway.

The bus is attracting both commuters and visitors in droves who are eager to know about the history of road transport. There is a selfie spot too to allow people to click photos of the bus.

There are only two such buses in the State. The other one is kept in the Road Transport Corporation’s headquarters in Hyderabad.

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The driver’s seat in Deccan Queen