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The Buses of Warrington Borough Transport
Celebrating 100 Years

It was on 21st April 1902 that the first electric tram ran in Warrington heralding the start of public transport in the town.  1913 saw the first motor buses running, and by 1935 the trams had been replaced by the buses.  In 1986 the formation of Warrington Borough Transport took place, taking over from the
Corporation Transport Department.

On Monday 3rd June, 2002 a special Open Day was held at the departments Wilderspool garage to celebrate the 100 years.  This video is a fascinating pictorial account of the preparations and the main event.  The day before 92 buses had to be moved out of the 2 sheds to a nearby car park so as to house some of the visiting vehicles on the day - this never to be seen again event is captured on film together with the washing of some of the vehicles ready for the big day.  Preserved and current vehicles arrive from all over the north west and are seen parking up the night before and on the day.  The Mayor of Warrington visits the show and awards prizes for vehicles judged best on the day.  Shuttle services were run using Warrington and visiting vehicles.  At the end of the day our cameras capture all the visiting vehicles leaving the garage, and then we witness the return into the sheds of the fleet in double quick time.  A unique event on a weekend that also marked the Golden Jubilee of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II.

The programme concludes with a Photo Gallery of Warrington buses in service during the 1970’s and 1980’s.
Amongst these are shots of Leyland Atlantean 75 decorated for the 75th Anniversary celebrations held at Chester in 1977.   Chester City Transport also celebrates its Centenary in 2002 and four of their vehicles were visitors to this event. Chester’s buses are the subject of another of our videos, now available.  We would like to thank Nigel Featham, M.D. of W.B.T. and all his staff for making this video possible.  Here’s to the next 100.

 Filmed :  2002
 Duration :  105 minutes (approx).
 Price :  Within UK - 16
   Rest of world - 18
 Format :  DVD -R
 Order Ref :  D023

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