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TRANSPORT

TRAVELLING THROUGH TIME

How did you get here today?

The chances are that you took the bus or maybe even have been on an aeroplane in your journey to be reading this web page.

And who can say that they haven’t? Our interactive display gives you a chance to say just that if you can when you can get there.

SAFETY FIRST
A 1972 road safety poster on display in the museum's "Crossing The Road" gallery.
(Click to enlarge slightly)
PRE-PEDESTRIANIC

Before the foot as we know and smell it today was properly understood, man developed a foot/wheel hybrid – the footbrid.

The museum boasts several fine examples of the fashionable 18th Century bone-structure that remained popular until Darwin tactfully pointed out to the citizens of Framley that evolution doesn’t quite work like that.

A decrease in infant mortality was the immediate result, under-3s and under-5s being particularly clumsy and unstable when it comes to rolling down staircases and remaining stationary near open windows.

 

 
STOP USING YOUR CAR

At the height of the oil crisis in 1974, Framley residents sought alternative means of transportation to aid the Government’s attempt to stick at least two collective fingers up at OPEC.

Although motorists were prevented from using their cars during this time, they were permitted to enter their vehicles on the driver’s side and exit on the passenger side, thus getting a little bit nearer their destination, and walk the rest. Or vice versa if it was the other way.

“Do you make a regular trip? Perhaps to your mother’s or the local shops? Then why not move there?” – Framley Borough Council information leaflet, 1974

In 1975, in response to the sudden leap in popularity of walking, the bandwagonning British Organization of Pavement Exporting Counties (BOPEC) colluded to dramatically raise prices by cutting back on the supply of raw paving materials.

“If travelling on foot then please remember to hop. This saves on pavement wear and tear and you will see huge growth in the size of one of your calf muscles” – Framley Borough Council information leaflet, 1976

The hopping campaign was so successful that the leading pavement-producing county of Salop was declared bankrupt in 1980.

 
THE FRAMLEY TRAM STORY

The full story of Framley's historic tram is told in the Framley Tram Story exhibit, assembled from artefacts donated by the Walter Jeavons Tram Foundation.

Click here to find out more about the Framley Tram.

An album of the Foundation's greatest hits is available in the museum gift shop.

 
 

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