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British Trolleybus Systems - Wales, Midlands and East Anglia (Hardback)

An Historic Overview

P&S History > By Century > 20th Century Transport World History > UK & Ireland > England World History > UK & Ireland > Wales

By Peter Waller
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 152
ISBN: 9781399022484
Published: 11th January 2023



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Although there had been experiments with the use of a new form of transport - the ‘trackless tram’ (better known as the trolleybus) - during the first decade of the 20th century, it was in June 1911 that Bradford and Leeds became the country’s pioneering operators of trolleybuses. There had been earlier experimental users – in places like Hove and London – and as the tide turned against the tram in many towns and cities, the trolleybus became a popular alternative with the trolleybus comping to dominate the provision of local public transport in places like Derby and Ipswich. This volume – one of four that examines the history of all trolleybus operators in the British Isles – focuses on the systems that operated in Wales, the Midlands and East Anglia.

As featured by

Light Rail Transit Association

"...like the second volume, is a masterpiece in recording the histories of the UK's trolleybus networks."

SAHB Times (published by the Society of Automotive Historians in Britain) page 43 SAHB Times 113 Spring 2023

"Another excellent effort by Peter Waller, aided by the publisher's excellent presentation."

Society of Automotive Historians in Britain Journal, No.118 June 2023

"This is another excellent work which is sure to appeal to transport enthusiasts and historians keen to find out more about this long-lost form of traction on Britain’s roads."

West Somerset Railway Association

"...a useful addition to the tram enthusiast’s library..."

Tramway and Light Railway Society - Tramfare, No.331, March-April 2023

"The volumes are well illustrated with high quality photographs, and contain a wealth of information about the various systems, with comprehensive fleet and route lists as well as extensive historical detail. Recommended."

Ffestiniog Railway Magazine - Spring 2023

About Peter Waller

Brought up in Bradford, PETER WALLER grew up as the city’s trolleybus network gradually declined. In 1986 he commenced a career in publishing working for a number of years as Ian Allan Ltd publishing books, where he oversaw the commissioning and publication of a wide range of books. The first book he wrote was British and Irish Tramway Systems since 1945, in 1992. Since then he has written a number of transport books, moving to Shropshire where he is a director and secretary of the Online Transport Archive, vice-chairman of the West Shropshire Talking Newspaper, a committee member of the National Railway Heritage Awards and a past president of Rotary Club of Shrewsbury. He became a Council member of the National Transport Trust in 2020.

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