..and how the system reacted to a breakdown.
London Transports use of overhead electric supply to power the bus system required a network of control rooms and maintenance teams to keep the busses flowing. The busses were large heavy machines with three axles and were extremely powerful with rapid acceleration from standstill - even when fully loaded. Some of the back-up systems designed to turn-on automatically are shown in this film demonstrating London's modern new network of busses.
London Transport had designed and built it's own power station many years before in Chelsea Wharf, Lots Road Power Station, it provided power for the Underground System and the Tramway network. When originally built at the turn of the century at 55.000MW it was one of the largest power stations ever built. It consumed about 700 tons of coal every day in order to provide the power to keep London moving, there was a small window between about 2 and 5.00am when the power could be turned off for maintenance reasons. The New Modern Control Rooms are shown here in this period piece along with shots of London just before the onset of WW2 - I hope you enjoy this 1000th video upload!
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