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Bradford Trolleybuses (Paperback)

The Early Years and Jubilee Celebrations

Transport > Buses

By Stuart Emmett
Imprint: Key Publishing
Series: Britain's Buses
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781802823486
Published: 7th November 2022



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Bradford trolleybuses were the ‘first and the last’ in the UK – first introduced in 1911 and last used in 1972. With only one flat road out of the centre, appropriately called Canal Road, Bradford city centre is in a ‘bowl’ surround by 200 to 400 metre hills. Therefore, the operating environment in Bradford was perfect for quiet passenger transport that soared up the hills that surround the city. This book focuses on the 50th anniversary year of 1961, and the 19 variations of trolleybuses used in that year are illustrated along with a fleet history from 1934 (many 1934 chassis were still working in 1961). It also details the second-hand trolleybuses Bradford bought after 1951 and the extensive rebuilding and rebodying programmes that ran from 1944. The changes in livery are fully explained and illustrated, with a look at the fleet bought new and those bought from other operators, and the depot structure and service vehicles used to maintain the network are also covered. Finally, the route history and development from 1911 is fully detailed. With over 180 images, this book, the first of two volumes on Bradford trolleybuses, showcases the trolleybuses at work on different routes around the city, returning them to their heyday of 1961.

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Telegraph and Argus (Bradford)

These two volumes are very much more than books of pictures, although there are about 200 images in each, with many in colour. The author has searched extensively to illustrate the fleet and the operating environment of Bradford and its suburbs. The names of well-known and much less well-known photographers appear at the end of the informative captions and a particular effort has been made to use as many previously unpublished views as possible.

John Bennett The Omnibus Society

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About Stuart Emmett

Stuart Emmet has trained/consulted in many industries, to many nationalities and in many locations on five continents. He holds a Master of Science degree from Cranfield University UK and a BA (Hons) from the Open University in the UK, and is also qualified as a mentor, a further education teacher and an NVQ assessor/verifier and as has acted as external examiner and verifier to various UK Universities and professional Institutes on many supply chain topics. He is the author of more than 30 books and 100s of articles. His works include Tommy’s Bus, Burrow & Sons, Wombwell 1921 to 1974, York Pullman 1926 to 1985 and more than 30 books on topics covering management, logistics, purchasing and supply chain management. Stuart is now retired and lives in Gosforth and Nether Wasdale in Cumbria and maybe seen regularly walking between these two places accompanied by a black lab called Gilly.

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