1931 Sentinel Steam Bus
Elizabeth was built in 1931 at the Shrewsbury factory of the Sentinel Waggon Works Ltd as a flatbed waggon and delivered to the Cement Marketing Company. Later converted for use as a tar sprayer, she ended her commercial days in a scrapyard in the 1960s but was fortunately rescued for preservation. Eventually she was converted for passenger use by the Northern Star Motor Carriage Company who built a new body out of mahogany and white ash. In this format she joined the Whitby Steam Bus and Charabanc Company in 2006 and operated a fare-paying service until late 2014.
Elizabeth is the only steam bus in revenue earning service in Europe and was completely refurbished and rebuilt recently, returning to Crosville in Autumn 2017. She has a new custom-built 30 seat body. Part of which can be removed to reveal her as she would have appeared when new as a dropside waggon.
For many years Elizabeth was a tourist attraction in her own right in the seaside town of Whitby, Yorkshire and moved to Weston-super-Mare in 2015 to begin a new chapter in her colourful history.