• Short Summary

    Buses are tested for stability at Aldenham, and double-checked at Chiswick skid patch.

  • Description

    Aldenham, Hertfordshire.

    At London Transport works at Aldenham, buses are subjected to various safety tests before being allowed to streets. Two men are seen lifting sandbags and placing them on seats to simulate the busload of passengers. Bus is then tested for stability. Two rubber buffers are placed at one side of the bus (in case it fails the test and tips over). Then the bus is tilted by a hydraulic ram (great pressure is applied) to check how stable it is. Man operating a rig is foreman Charlie Taylor who's been working on bus maintenance since 1927.

    Several shots of the bus being tilted slowly to one side - it looks as if it will turn over. C/U shot of the distance between rubber buffer and bus demonstrates that bus has past stability test.

    At Chiswick skid patch, a huge polygon is showered with water (buses are showered too) to get slippery. Buses are then recklessly driven - lots of breaking and skidding - to check a degree of control. Scary watch.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    57.24
    Media URN:
    1244
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    18/02/1957
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:57:15:00 / 01:59:53:00
    Canister:
    CP 112

Comments (2)

  1. jamied says

    The bus seen is a Leyland Titan, Reg. No. KGU 244.

  2. Simon Persaud says

    Sorry Jamied the bus you see here is an RTL type , RT being Regent Type and the L representing the fact it has a Leyland engine, the Titan was was a different bus.

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