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Snowball (1960, Gordon Jackson, Kenneth Griffith, Zena Walker, Dennis Waterman)
A schoolboy ( a very young Denis Waterman) claims he was thrown off the bus by the conductor, so that he had to walk home. The local press makes an issue of the incident, with tragic consequences.
There are several scenes at the bus garage. These were filmed at Thames Valley Traction's Stokenchurch garage, which had been acquired from City of Oxford in 1937.
Two COMS vehicles appear in the movie. An AEC Regent V is seen leaving the forecourt, and the rear of an AEC Reliance is just glimpsed inside the garage, one of the batch 742-51 (742-51HFC), new with Weymann body at the beginning of 1960:
Thames Valley 539 (FMO14) is seen arriving at the garage; it is a Bristol L6B/Eastern Coachworks new in 1950. THe fleetname 'Valley Town' is used for all the Thames Valley buses seen:
The group of double deckers seen parked in the garage is interesting. In 1957 Thames Valley acquired four 1940 Bristol K5G/Eastern Coachworks from Brighton Hove and District for use on an open top 'Riverside Express' service linking Reading, Henley, Marlow and Maidenhead. Three arrived as open toppers, 770 (CAP206), 771 (CAP132) and 773 (CAP211); the fourth, 772 (CAP176) was converted after it arrived. 770 was then transferred to South Midland for an open top service in Oxford. However, all four are seen in this movie, although only three can be identified.
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