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One for One, Documentary, 1964 IMDB

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dsl SX

2022-10-04 22:53

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23 minute London Transport training/promo film from BFI DVD set - British Transport Films Volume Ten: London on the Move
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about the Chiswick works which overhauls/rebuilds all the oily bits of LT's buses. Opens with an engine
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taken out of a bus at a garage (Aldenham?), loaded into a Thames Trader and taken to Chiswick, where all the gubbins are refurbed/replaced. Meanwhile the bus gets a different overhauled engine inserted so it can get back to chugging the streets as soon as possible. Seems each bus got this transplant every 4 years/200,000 miles.

All this happens in first 3 minutes - rest of film is all the magic processes they do to the engine gubbins and other bits within the Chiswick works, which seems to be a fully-equipped quasi-factory which can rebuild almost anything. So lots of footage of machinery, components, skilled craftsmen doing workshoppy things etc. Strangely fascinating - I can imagine eg jfs, jcb, Sunbar might recognise lots of procedures and practice, but can't find a copy online.

But didn't explain why they extract the engine at the garage and send it to Chiswick - why not drive the bus to Chiswick and give it a full overhaul/rebuild there so the whole thing can be signed off in one go??

A bit of a fuzzy film so not many entries, and some rejects

- the garage (Aldenham?) with an AEC in background; Ford Pop; an LD at Chiswick on right with shelter on back
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johnfromstaffs EN

2022-10-04 23:45

Aldenham was the overhaul works: - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldenham_Works

Chiswick pre-dated it but couldnĺt cope: - https://mrc-catalogue.warwick.ac.uk/records/LTB

Then they got rid of Aldenham as the overhauls dried up. So the explanation may be that the kit/skills/systems for dismantling and re-erecting after overhaul resided at Aldenham, plus adequate storage space, and the skills and kit to refurbish an engine remained within Chiswick.

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dsl SX

2022-10-05 00:13

The Aldenham references are only a couple of passing commentary mentions and it's not definite that the filmed disembowelling in first sequence took place there. The other possibility is Hounslow Garage from the destination board on the posted bus - there isn't really any specialist machinery/equipment during this bit, only a trolley jack/hoist thing for extracting old engine/(un)loading the truck, and inserting the new one.

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