19. September 2002
A special surprice

A surprising find of an old bus
A day in the begining of July we got a message telling that there was a cottage in the Northern part of Sealand built of an old rail coach or a tram. The owner of the place wanted to have the cottage removed to build a new one, but before the removal the owner wanted to inform any possible persons interested in railroads and trams. The old cottage was not a rail coach or a tram - it was an old bus from 1929!

An inspection told that it was bus no. 37 from Copenhagen tramway company. The bus was - even it was used as a cottage - in a surprising good condition.

Of course many things are missing, for example axles, wheels, most of the seats, drivers' place. The body has been covered by wood and roofing felt, so it has been well protected and seems in good condition.

Even the engine was found in a shed about 20 meters from the cottage - it still had its oil! In a outbuilding some original windowframes, a door, and other things, which had something to do with the bus were found. Partly hidden on the ground was the frame for the drivers' place. Even though the former owner of the cottage seemed to keep everything, the axles and wheels couldn't be found anywhere.

The bus has a karosseri from Triangel (Danish factory), engine from Continental, and a carriage chest built by the Central Workshop of The tramway company of Copenhagen after a plan made by Scandia (Danish factory). Scandia had during the last 3 months of 1927 supplied the tramway company with 11 new buses, 8 of them were Triangel wagons, 3 were Renault wagons.

The major difference is the 'Triangles' have a flat head, while the 'Renaults' have a slanting head. The busses were supplied because of the changes of the tramway company's bus line 11. The new busses supplemented the old De Dion-Bouton's from 1913 and the 7 Triangel buses from 1926.

The bus line was extended in 1929 and at the same time the tramway company wanted to scrap the last De Dion-Bouton buses. 3 Renault and 4 Triangel buses were therefore delivered in December 1929 and January 1930.

Already in the working year 1938/39 all the Triangel buses except 2 were scrapped. The 2 remaining were used as learner cars until the working year 1950/51.

According to the information gathered bus no. 37 was bought in the spring of 1951 by mr. Bagger, a engineer who had bought a site for a cottage in Hornbæk (Northern Sealand).

From the local authority of Helsingør (Elsinore, Northern Sealand) we have got a copy of a certificate, dated April 6. 1951, where attached outlines clearly indicates it is the old bus, which shall be used as a cottage.

We suppose the bus has maded under own power to Hornbæk because of the find of the engine, however the missing axles and wheels may indicate that only the carriage box has been transported to the site in Hornbæk.

Where the engine/driver's cab was, a kitchen has been built and outside the central door was an extension, which probably only has been an open veranda in 1951.

Ahead is a lot of work to do - and a need for much money - to make the bus as it was in its former magnificence. Even so we had no doubt that the bus should be saved and we are grateful that the new owners of the site made an inquery to us instead of just removing the old 'building'.

Monday the 5th of August the bus was transported to the Tram Museum Skjoldenæsholm after a concerted effort of the volunteers to remove the bus from its 'shelter'.

This is the first time we have heard about a bus used as a cottage - many of the scrapped trams has been used as cottages.

For the time being there are no plans of when the restoration will begin, but if there is anyone who can help to procure the missing parts, axles, wheels, etc., we will be grateful.