• Short Summary

    Trolley bus driver and expert rides around his garden in a model trolley bus - brilliant!

  • Description

    Reading, Berkshire and Great Bookham, Surrey.

    Various shots show a 1961 Sunbeam F4A with Burlingham body trolley bus driver Peter Lepine-Smith setting off from a depot and driving a trolley bus on one of the few remaining trolley circuits in Britain at the time, although it was due to close shortly. He picks up his wife and two little daughters from a bus stop and takes them for a spin around the town.

    As Peter changes lines with a pole above the trolley bus, we cut to a shot of him doing the same for a model trolley bus in his back garden in Great Bookham, Surrey. This amazing model stands at about five foot and runs on lines around the garden.

    Peter stops at a little bus stop to pick up his two daughters who clamber in the back; it does look rather cramped for the driver, but commentator informs us the bus can carry four adults or six children!

    Note: on file is a magazine article about Peter and his model trolley bus plus correspondence.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    429.03
    Media URN:
    4341
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    18/04/1968
    Sound:
    sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:04:20:00 / 01:07:07:00
    Canister:
    CP 695

Comments (2)

  1. jamied says

    The trolley-bus seen is a 1961 Sunbeam F4A with Burlingham body, Reg. No. VRD 182.

    At 00:25, the bus-stop that the trolley-bus stops at is on Northumberland Avenue in Reading, opposite Christ The King Church, (the church can be seen as the bus approaches the stop).

  2. British Pathé says

    Thanks.

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