Double-decker buses have been a staple of London streets ever since the first engine-powered one appeared there in 1923.
But double-deckers, like all things, some day must die. Above, you can see what happened in 1959 to one such soon-to-be-deceased bus in London.
“On this occasion,” the narrator intones, “the proud giant is being propelled—almost against its will it seems—by a bulldozer, and the reason is, is because this is the end of the line.”
Workers then proceed to smash windows and, with torches, rip the bus apart. Each weighs around 10 tons, with some eight tons of that being salvageable metals. The rest had a worse fate.
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