The Media Archive for Central England is the public screen archive for the East and West Midlands. An independent charity and company based at the University of Lincoln, MACE acquires, catalogues, preserves and makes widely available moving image materials that inform our understanding of the diverse cultures and histories of communities between the Lincolnshire coast and the Welsh border.
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Walsall says "Goodbye" to the clean and spacious trolley buses and "Hello" to the 'dirty diesels' as the town modernises its public transport.
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Reporter Lionel Hampden visits Walsall to ask drivers and passengers how they feel to be losing the popular trolley buses, which are being retired to make way for diesel powered buses.
Walsall was the final town in the Midlands to operate trolley buses, the much loved hybrid of tram and bus that ran on overhead electric wires. Trolley buses were favoured for their carrying capacity and almost silent running. An example from the Walsall fleet can still be seen in operation at the Black Country Living Museum at Dudley.