The LONDON TRANSPORT G class
This page created 6th May 1999, by Ian Smith
The Guy Arab Mark III: G436
4G4: Park Royal, G436 (Total 1)
G436 was a speculative venture in 1949 by Guy,
who wanted to keep bus production going after the war,
with London orders if possible.
It employed an updated Guy chassis, with a Meadows 10.35 litre engine,
fluid flywheel and preselector gearbox.
It had a Guy body built on Park Royal frames that was a curious amalgam of utility and RT styles.
It was a rather attractive 5-bay body, with nicely rounded corners and an overall RT shape,
but with the roof framing visible on the exterior.
The engine, radiator and bonnet were low-slung, in post-war fashion,
and all the windows were rubber-mounted in rounded metal pans.
The rear looked as though it had been forgotten,
and was then designed in the "its only the back of a bus" idiom.
Initially it was painted in LT's first post-war style,
with overall red relieved by a cream cantrail band and upper window surrounds.
After visiting Chiswick for testing it went into service at Old Kent Road
on the 173, a one-bus circular route between Nunhead and Peckham.
The route was reallocated to Nunhead garage in 1951, and G436 moved with it.
At overhaul in 1953 it was repainted, losing the cream window surrounds.
It was re-allocated to Enfield, where it served on the 121,
shuttling between Ponders End and Chingford Station.
It was withdrawn in 1955, and sold with the post-war STDs to Jugoslavia.
G436 main routes
|1949 - 1950
||P Old Kent Road
||Peckham - Nunhead
|1950 - 1953
||Peckham - Nunhead
|1953 - 1955
||Ponders End - Chingford Station
G 436 KGK 981 H49 p67 1949 new, at Chiswick
H50 p140 1950 P on 173 to Peckham, Lord Hill
H50 p29 1950 P on 173 to Peckham
LBM93 p11 1950 P on 173 to Peckham
H51 p99 1951 AH on 173 to Peckham Rye
AIHLB p29 1951 on 173 to Peckham
CB29 p35 1952 AH on 173 to Peckham
H53 p133 1953 E at Enfield LT for 121, red, cream band
H54 p130 1954 E on 121: Chingford & Ponders End
Thanks to John Booth for sending me a rare photo of the back of G436.
Guy Arab II