Video and pictures: Hell on Wheels - Wild West horse and carriage becomes London black cab

17:32 18 May 2012

The Hell on Wheels Wild West carriage / London black cab

The Hell on Wheels Wild West carriage / London black cab

Archant

Commuters and tourists were treated to an alternative take on a taxi, as a 19th century Wild West horse and carriage was merged with a London black cab.

Once the original form of the much-loved hackney carriage, the 19th century horse and carriage was 'pimped' with a 21st century taxi to promote new TV Western series Hell on Wheels.

It came complete with leather seating for six people, an electrical outlet for laptops and iPads, an oil-burning lantern and a working 'For Hire' light.

The Hell on Wheels taxi even came with the traditional bale of hay, required by UK law to be carried by all London hackney carriage drivers to feed their horses (section 51 of the London Hackney Carriage Act 1831), a traditional law still adhered to in today's London hackney carriages, with drivers keeping a fistful of straw or hay in their boot.

The Hell on Wheels cab began its journey at Kings Cross, before heading to Oxford Street, Regents Street, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square.

Hell on Wheels premieres on TCM this Sunday at 9pm.

LONDON IN AN APP! The fantastic FREE MyCityWayLondon24 app for iPhone can help you get around the city.

The app contains more than 30 really useful mini-apps which can help with everything from finding somewhere to grab a coffee or lunch to locating free places to visit.

While it doesnt cover such as unusual methods of travel as the Wild West taxi, it does contain transport maps and latest information to help you move about.

The app is the ultimate mobile city guide, the essential tool to have in your pocket whenever you're out and about in London.

For more information and to download MyCityWayLondon24, search the Apple iTunes App Store for 'London24' or go to www.london24.com/app

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

More Quirky London

Friday, July 3, 2015
Back to school time (Picture: The Art of Dining)

Claptonwill call the register and tick off a school dinners themed pop-up restaurant offering posh grub, homework and a milk monitor to east Londoners

Friday, July 3, 2015
Ruby the pygmy goat (Picture: RSPCA)

An adorable pygmy goat has been found roaming through St. Helier park, Carshalton and the RSPCA are now appealing for help to trace her owner.

Friday, July 3, 2015
Who could resist this sweet little guy? (Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Of course you do! The UK may have been hit by a heatwave but it’s raining cats and mogs at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home - who have seen a 30 per cent increase in unwanted kittens on this time last year.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Eugenie Bouchard (Picture: PA Images)

BBC Tennis tweeted that Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard was given a dress code penalty at Wimbledon for having her bra strap showing, but tournament officials told London24 this was not the case.

Monday, June 29, 2015
Make mine an Earl Grey (Photo: Brew)

There’s nothing Londoners love more than having a nice cuppa, and going to the pub. But until now, these two things have normally been separate.

Friday, June 26, 2015
Metropolitan Police Commissoner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

A drink driver has written an incredible letter to police praising the officer who arrested him and helped turn his life around.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Good times with Greenall's!

Good times with Greenall’s, a Great British gin sponsors Great British racing.

Read more
Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Read more
Adrenalin junkies, this one's for you!

An icon of British engineering and a consistent favourite of James Bond, there are few names quite as legendary in motoring as Aston Martin.

Read more