Bedford OB/ OWB Profile and Models

Bedford OB/ OWB

NBH 746 in June 2005. ©Ed Webster

The Bedford OB was a bus chassis manufactured by Bedford. It was a successor to the Bedford WTB and had a wheelbase of 14ft and 6inches, and was a semi-forward control model designed to carry between 26 and 29 passengers. The buses were powered by a 27hp petrol engine, mated to a four-speed manual gearbox and a fully floating rear axle. Although only 73 were built prior to the cessation of production due to World War II, it reappeared in a largely unchanged form at the end of the war, continuing in production until 1951. A total of 12,766 were produced, making it one of the most popular buses of its type ever. Bedford co-developed with Duple the "Vista" coachwork for the OB, fronted by a classic bullnose. Geared to reach speeds of at least 40 miles per hour (64 km/h), which was fast for its day, the OB is remembered by many for its characteristic gearbox whine.

(Information provided via Wikipedia)

Power Type




Build Dates

1939 to 1951

Total Built


Seating Capacity

27 to 29

Floor Type

Step entrance (High floor)



Areas of Operation



1:72 Scale

Products awaiting categorisation

Scale Brand Image Construction Type DCC Capability Product Code Product Title Livery
OO Gauge (1:76 Scale) Springside Models 81Springside Bedford OB Coach - whitemetal kit Requires assembly Not set 81Springside
Bedford OB Coach - whitemetal kit Unpainted