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Bradford Trolleybuses (Paperback)

The Later Years and Closure

P&S History > British History P&S History > By Century > 20th Century Transport > Buses

By Stuart Emmett
Imprint: Key Publishing
Series: Britain's Buses
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781802823516
Published: 7th November 2022

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This book follows on from Volume 1 and concludes the route history and development of the many interesting routes on the hills in Bradford. These are beautifully illustrated and show the ranges from sooty dark Victorian buildings to rural termini and the attendant changes with city redevelopment. Indeed, the redevelopment of the city in the 1960s also provides a historical pictorial backdrop to the trolleybuses seen at work in the city.

The renaissance of Bradfords trolleybuses is described along with the reasons why it was such special system. After every rise, there must come a fall, and this started in Bradford soon after 1961. Whilst the future had looked good in 1960, with capital development planned, the fall and the final closure resulted from management changes, city centre development, major road changes and, finally, a definite close policy. Although the decline was a slow one, it did, however, gather momentum as final closure approached. All of the closures and attendant fleet losses are fully covered, however there is no ‘final day’ coverage, as this the book (and Volume 1) seek to principally give light to the best and peak times of the system.

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Telegraph & Argus

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appear at the end of the informative captions and a particular effort has been made to use as many previously unpublished views as possible.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

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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