When Fulwell Bus Garage was originally built in 1902, it was not for holding buses at all; rather it was a tram depot for London United Tramways. Although it had twenty tracks, they were never all in use, so in 1931, they decided to utilise the space more efficiently by running the first ever trolleybuses alongside them. This cohabitation last until 1935, when the two went their separate ways, and the trams were removed completely. As well as being the first bus garage to hold a trolley bus, it was also the last, keeping the vehicles in operation until 1962. It was therefore the last place to convert to motor buses.
You can learn more about Fulwell Bus Garage, and the history of buses at an open day event on the 28th June. The garage on Wellington Road, Twickenham will be open to visitors between 10am - 4pm.
It will feature an exhibition of twenty heritage buses dating back as far as 1914. This will include London Transport Museum's newly restored B-type bus. You will be able to take a free ride on one of their working vintage buses to Hampton Court.
Children can have fun on a 'bouncy bus', learn about safety and responsibility while using public transport, and fill in a free activity pack. Get up close and personal with objects from the London Transport Museum collection, and find out more about the stories behind them with the On the Bus handling collection. There will also be memorabilia and exclusive Year of the Bus gifts to buy at pop-up stalls selling centenary merchandise.
No need to bring a packed lunch, as the there will be tasty barbecue food and refreshments on site.