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Trolleybus film re-created for open day

As part of the preparations for Trolleybus 50, local cameraman Alan Benns and crew have filmed a recreation of the 1931 classic ‘Twickenham to Teddington by Trolleybus’ film that commemorated the first day of operation on this journey.

The film is a frame by frame reconstruction of the journey and has now been edited together alongside the original, with the equivalent modern brand-new London United Scania bus, current Mayor and a computer replacing the original trolleybus, mayor and older technology.


The film, recorded from an open-topped double-decker, has been shown side by side to local schools so they can learn about the old forms of transport and will also be shown at the Open Day at Fulwell Garage on Saturday 12th May (full line-up of buses on display here). BBC Newscaster Nicholas Owen will be compering on the day and before this, signing copies of his new memoirs ‘Days Like This’ at Waterstones (9:30-11:30am).

Schools have been provided learning material, fact-sheets and a presentation about the subject and as part of a lesson plan children will work in groups to create their own artistic take on the Trolleybus and it’s historical and environmental significance. Each school will select one piece of artwork to submit to a competition – prizes include book tokens from local businesses a school trip by London United Busways.

[Update 25/06/2012] Full round-up of the day told in Pathe News style:



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