Western Europe is witnessing a revival of the trolley bus, long after they have been cut out as an everyday form of transport.
Mannheim: GV Outside trolley bus factory in Mannheim.
GV SV INTERIOR Men working inside factory. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Bus under construction.
Switzerland: GV EXTERIOR Bus on the road.
CU INTERIOR Driver at wheel.
GV Bus going round corner.
SV INTERIOR Street from the bus.
SV Bus pulling up at stop.
SV INTERIOR Passengers on bus.
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Background: Western Europe is witnessing a revival of the trolley bus, long after they have been cut out as an everyday form of transport. The advantages over the bus are clear: better than trams in that they are relatively silent and do not require tracks which can be a danger to pedestrians and cyclists. In Mannheim, West Germany, Mercedez-Benz have developed an articulated pusher bus design fitted with an electric drive system. In Basel, Switzerland, the bus has been undergoing test runs. The Swiss now run trolley buses in 19 towns and cities. The first Mercedez-Benz vehicles to be produced will be used in regular service in Bergen, Norway.