Trolleybus Twilight (Kindle)
Britain's Last Trolleybus Systems
In this new photographic album from Pen & Sword, transport historian and photographer Jim Blake presents a fascinating selection of pictures of a form of public transport now sadly missing from Britain's streets trolleybuses.
Most British trolleybus systems flourished in the inter-war years, particularly the 1930s. The biggest fleet was that of London Transport. But for the Second World War, it would have been bigger still if South London's trams had been replaced by trolleybuses, as intended. London, however, replaced these with motor-buses instead, influencing other operators to abandon their trolleybuses, too. By the 1960s, their demise was well under way.
Fortunately, during that decade, Jim traveled throughout England and Wales, photographing buses, coaches, steam locomotives and trolleybuses. This book features the latter, beginning with their final weeks in London, then continuing to places as diverse as Bournemouth and Cardiff, Bradford and Maidstone.
Most pictures have never been published before. Taken between 1962 and 1968, they transport the reader back to a wonderful land with many quaint forms of public transport, particularly trolleybuses! What will strike readers is their variety of liveries, manufacturers and so on.
Britain's last trolleybuses ran in 1972. Despite many other world cities having modern trolleybus systems today, it will be a long time before they return to our streets, if ever! How sad when our cities are polluted by vehicles powered by internal combustion engines: trolleybuses are completely pollution-free!
A curious and interesting book for our visual enjoyment that envelops us in the past as we run our fingers over its pages.José Manuél Rico Cortés (Mister JM) - Miniaturas JM
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Fortunately, Jim Blake traveled through the UK taking photos of doomed trolleybus systems between 1962 and 1968. It is from this collection of mostly previously unpublished pictures of systems including Bradford, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Glasgow and Reading that this nostalgic pictorial volume benefits, plus the knowledgeable captions provided by the author.Best of British, August 2017 – reviewed by David Brown
This marvellous book tells the sad story of the demise of the trolleybus but revels in their glory with some fascinating and beautiful photos. Superb.Books Monthly
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