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Old December 19th, 2005, 12:01 AM   #1
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Post your pictures of historic trolleybuses

Hi all,

time for some transport nostalgia.

I am looking for images of historic trolleybuses (aka trolleycoaches / trackless trolleys).

Kindly note that I am talking about electric buses which collect power from overhead wires
- not diesel vehicles which look like old fashioned streetcars / trams.

Ideally the images should show them operating, but museums are better than nothing.

Below are some images which a friend asked me toi include - then I'll post some of my own.

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Seattle.Pike


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Seattle-Fan


Seattle-PS


Brill-Prentice


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Old December 19th, 2005, 12:08 AM   #2
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This Londoin trolleybus was at the 1983 Acton Works open day celebrating 50 years of London Transport.
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This group of images come from a trip I made to Riga, which is the capital city of Latvia.

Since its liberation from the Germans in WW2 Latvia was (an unwilling) part of the Soviet Union. These images come from April 1998, which is just a few years after Latvia had become free again, but before it had replaced / modernised all its transports.

Most of these images show trolleybuses operating in "multiple-unit", which was commonplace in the Soviet Union before the days of articulated buses. Indeed the primary reason for visiting in cold wintry weather was to see MU operation whilst it still existed. Nowdays all these images are history, and Riga has modern articulated trolleybuses.

Note how the front vehicle does not use its trolleypoles and is both physically and electrically connected to the rear vehicle. If I remember correctly these are trolleybuses of the type "9tr".











close up view of the ointer-bus connection and flxible barrier to stop pedestrians from walking between the two buses (for their safety)











The only non-MU trolleybus I photographed. I also saw some trams, but they will be shown another time.

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These photos come from the transport museum in Liege, Belgium.

Firstly there are two images of a reversible trolleybus. For this vehicle I have a lot of information, as I wrote it down when there!


Many trams (and trains) are 'double-ended' which means that they can be driven from either end. At the terminus all the driver has to do is walk to what had been the back and start driving again.

As a contrast rubber-tyred road vehicles will need to physically turn around to change directions. These reversible trolleybuses got around that limitation by having driving controls at both ends too.

In all the fleet consisted of just four vehicles (Nos 401 - 404) and they featured 2 sets of trolley poles, 2 pairs of doors per side and 3 axles (the centre axle has 2 tyres per side).

They were built in 1936 to replace the trams that served the La Banque terminus by Brossel Frčres (Bros) - D'Heur and are 10.09m long, 2.43m wide and weigh 10,200kg tare. Power was supplied by 2x 52.2hp ACEC motors.

Total capacity was 60 passengers (28 seated and 32 standing).

They were withdrawn from service in 1963, and whilst the fate of the other vehicles is uncertain this example (No.402) is now an exhibit at the transport museum in Ličge, which is the city in which they saw service.





Also in the transport museum is this trolleybus, which has a different way of fixing the trolleypoles to the vehicle's roof. It might be very remiss of me but I do not have any information about this vehicle.



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Old December 19th, 2005, 01:46 AM   #5
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The 'Smiley Face' Trolleybus

It was only a paint job - but it would bring a smile to the face of those who saw it!
Seen laying over at the Vevey Funicular terminus on the Vevey - Montreux trolleybus line in Switzerland. In the background one of the red funicular trains can be seen arriving at its lower terminus.

Being a busy inter-urban route some of these vehicles used to tow trailers, however in the mid 1990's the entire fleet was replaced with new luxury low floor articulated trolleybuses.




One of the old Vetras on Line 6, in Lyon, France.

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Note how the front vehicle does not use its trolleypoles and is both physically and electrically connected to the rear vehicle. If I remember correctly these are trolleybuses of the type "9tr".
Those trolleybuses are Škoda 9TrH (in Soviet Union 9Tr - only 2 doors, 9TrH - 3 doors) ... but Škoda 9TrH + Škoda 9TrH = Škoda 12TrH (the same with 9Tr+9Tr=12Tr) ... the had the depo number 2-800 - 2-900 (not sure with which number they started, but they ended with the 900. The first number (2) shows the depo number) ... the last such Trolley was used in 2000 ... I heard that atleast one such trolleybus from Riga is in a museum in the UK
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here`s some pics of retro-trolley from Gdynia [Poland]













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One of the most widely used model of trolley-bus in China, SK561GF by Shanghai Coach Plant, this is the scene of Shanghai's busiest shopping street--Nanking Road, in the 1980s.

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Right,

Now the holidays are over its time for some more.

These come from two of the three living museums in Britain which operate trolleybuses. Pics from the third location will come soon.

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The East Anglia Transport Museum near Lowestoft operates both trolleybuses and trams, with examples from Britain and overseas. These two came from London.
http://www.eatm.org.uk

For some obscure reason I can only find the one image from the EATM. So guess where I plan to go later this year!!!

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The Black Country Living Museum in Dudley (near Birmingham) is another place where the trolleybus lives on. As this is a large museum covering an extensive area the trolleybuses (and tram) provide a useful service linking various sections of the complex with the main entrance. As such this is the world's only double-deck trolleybus route (at present - but it would like many companions!).



Ex-Wallsall trolleybus at the Black Country Living Museum.




Trolley and motor buses at the Black Country Living Museum. The rear (dark green and cream) vehicle is from Derby and the front (light green and yellow) vehicle is from Wolverhampton



The Ex-Wolverhampton trolleybus.




The Ex-Wallsall trolleybus crosses the tramline at the level crossing.




The former Derby trolleybus runs alongside the tramline near the "far" end of the route.
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Old January 8th, 2006, 02:59 AM   #11
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Modern British trolleybus built in the 1980's to promote reinstatement schemes in Yorkshire. Because of bus deregulation these failed to happen and this vehicle now lives at the Sandtoft trolleybus museum. These pics however show it at the bus depot in Doncaster after trial running had been completed (Sandtoft pics to come)



Names of some makor British companies which helped sponsor the aborted trolleybus revival.

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Septa Trackless Trolley Photo Collection: http://www.phillytrolley.org/trackless_index.html

Septa in Philadelphia, PA. Retired in 2002. Made by AMG in 1979. Boston currently still uses them, we are waiting for replacements to be delievered in 2007:



More Pictures of even older ones: http://www.phillytrolley.org/trackles.html

Pictures old to new from http://www.phillytrolley.org/trackles.html:

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Built in 1979, now retired. This coach was on of only two to be retrofitted with a ThermoKing air conditioner:
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Arguably Britain's foremost Trolleybus living museum is the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft, this being located on an ex-WW2 airfield near the village of Belton, in North Lincolnshire. (Also near Doncaster, Yorkshire and the M180).

http://www.sandtoft.org.uk

These first pics are from the mid 1990's. They wre taken with a "stretch" or "panoramic" camera, which is why they are so wide and "thin".

Preserved but still alive trolleybuses from Bradford (front), Huddersfield (middle) and Nottingham (rear)





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Also seen at Sandtoft in the 1990's was the Electroline trolleybus mentioned earlier in this thread



In those days there was also a miniature railway here, these views were taken at the same time. To keep on topic for this thread the Electroline trolleybus can be seen in the background.





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The rest of the Sandtoft views come from a visit made in late summer 2005.

First we will see the vehicles in the inside storage area - some of these are in need of restoration!







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Now we have some outside scenes. Sorry but I dont remember from where they all came - but sometimes clues can be found by looking on their sides or at the destination blinds!

If / when I find out more I will come back and re-edit these posts, adding the extra info.








(I feel sure this one came from Glasgow, Scotland)
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These vehicles were running on a series of days dedicated to European examples - although Newcastle Upon Tyne is in Britain - and not Europe!

The double decker with doors comes from Oporto (Porto) Portugal, which had a very extensive tram and trolleybus system - but when it joined the EU it used the newly available funds to replace virtually everything with diesel buses (what a stupid thing to do!)

The EU is one of the few clubs where most of the members actually receive money as part of their membership. (only Holland, Germany & Britain pay out more than they receive in).

I do not remember from where the white or blue trolleys came,

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The last trolleybus in that line-up has a different way of fizing the trolleyarms to be roof - they are above each other, and not side-by-side. I think this is from the same batch of vehicles as the one with the Grand Bazaar advert along its side as seen in the transport museum in Liege, Belgium, earlier in this thread.

here are some more images showing this, including a close-up. What I *should* have also done is take a photo from the upper deck of the Newcastle trolley - but I only thought of it when reviewing the images for use here!

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Now the final batch of images are of the former Aachen, Germany one-and-a-half decker bus.






This rear three-quarter view reveals the secret behind the bus design's viability. The rear section behind the wheels features an early type of "low floor" section.







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