Created 29-Jan-12
BRADFORD TROLLEYBUSES

This gallery has been set up as a commemoration of Bradford's trolleybuses and first opened on the 40th anniversary of the final weekend, the last trolleybus operating on 26th March 1972.

Bradford had a superb and very interesting trolleybus system and is well-suited to trolleybus operation as the topography of the area is rather like a bowl, meaning that almost every route involved a sustained climb out of the city. The silence and lack of local pollution provided a form of public transport that was significantly within the levels achieved by the greenest of today's transport, but unfortunately we have evolved a regulatory environment which is heavily loaded against the trolleybus.

This gallery started off as being a combination of my own negatives and the English Electric archive, the Bradford part of which is significant due to the company having a factory in the city. That has led to the gallery having a mixed structure. as although the principal intention is for it to be a photographic survey of the system, the English Electric photographs could only be sorted on a vehicle basis as nearly all were not in service, or even in Bradford. Note that the English Electric photographs also appear in the Bradford section of the GEC Collection in my gallery, but viewing from this gallery gives a more coherent picture of the trolleybus system, I hope. This gallery contains about 500 photographs and covers every service apart from those that were withdrawn prior to 1941, namely to Oakenshaw and Bolton Woods/Frizinghall, simply as I have no suitable material.

My own collection does not provide a sufficient depth of coverage and I have been delighted to supplement it with extremely worthwhile coverage by a series of contributors whose co-operation and permission to use their photographs is gratefully acknowledged. Should anyone else wish to contribute photographs to the gallery I would be glad to incorporate them as there are many facets of the system not yet illustrated, however please note that I only post photographs with the prior permission of the copyright holder.

Contributors to date are:

Martin Arthur
Stan Fitton
Frank Gradwell
John Law
Brian Lomas
Peter Relf
John Whiteley

Finally I would like to acknowledge Stanley King's contribution to the site as his published works on Bradford's trolleybuses contain a wealth of detail and have allowed me to put together the route histories which are the foundation of this gallery.

There will certainly be mistakes in a work of this magnitude, there is just too much scope for error, and they are one thing in this gallery I can claim sole credit for. Please let me know if you find any as I want it to be an accurate reference source.

For those less familiar with Bradford, there is a route map at http:/ / davidbeilby. zenfolio. com/ 1963- route- map. pdf

560 - Prototype Leyland/EE trolleybus

Visitors 236
11 photos
Created 25-Feb-12
Modified 25-Feb-12
560 - Prototype Leyland/EE trolleybus

544 to 596 - English Electric trolleybuses

Visitors 217
15 photos
Created 4-Mar-12
Modified 4-Mar-12
544 to 596 - English Electric trolleybuses

597-632 - The 'Regens'

Visitors 187
35 photos
Created 22-Mar-12
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597-632 - The 'Regens'

633 - prototype AEC Q trolleybus

Visitors 416
7 photos
Created 25-Feb-12
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633 - prototype AEC Q trolleybus

634 - A successful prototype

Visitors 113
12 photos
Created 22-Mar-12
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634 - A successful prototype

635-676 - The ultimate AECs

Visitors 196
36 photos
Created 22-Mar-12
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635-676 - The ultimate AECs

5, 6 & 7 - Thornbury to Thornton

Visitors 633
112 photos
Created 22-Mar-12
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5, 6 & 7 - Thornbury to Thornton

8 - City to Duckworth Lane

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62 photos
Created 22-Mar-12
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8 - City to Duckworth Lane

16-19 - Holme Wood and Tong Cemetery

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13 photos
Created 15-Mar-12
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16-19 - Holme Wood and Tong Cemetery

24-7 & 29/30 - Bradford Moor to Crossflatts

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16 photos
Created 15-Mar-12
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24-7 & 29/30 - Bradford Moor to Crossflatts

31/2 - City to Allerton

Visitors 369
12 photos
Created 15-Mar-12
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31/2 - City to Allerton

33 - City to Eccleshill

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4 photos
Created 20-Mar-12
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33 - City to Eccleshill

34 - Bolton to Bankfoot

Visitors 467
11 photos
Created 22-Mar-12
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34 - Bolton to Bankfoot

37/38 - City to Pasture Lane and Clayton

Visitors 480
19 photos
Created 17-Mar-12
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37/38 - City to Pasture Lane and Clayton

40 to 43 - City to Saltaire or Greengates

Visitors 449
20 photos
Created 18-Mar-12
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40 to 43 - City to Saltaire or Greengates

44 to 47 - City to Wibsey or Buttershaw

Visitors 527
14 photos
Created 18-Mar-12
Modified 18-Mar-12
44 to 47 - City to Wibsey or Buttershaw

Golden Jubilee Trolleybus Tour - 24th June 1961

Visitors 121
7 photos
Created 20-Mar-12
Modified 20-Mar-12
Golden Jubilee Trolleybus Tour - 24th June 1961

Bradford Trolleybus Tour - 19th March 1967

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8 photos
Created 20-Mar-12
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Bradford Trolleybus Tour - 19th March 1967

Diamond Jubilee Tours - 20th June 1971

Visitors 191
22 photos
Created 20-Mar-12
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Diamond Jubilee Tours - 20th June 1971

Bradford depot scenes

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36 photos
Created 22-Mar-12
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Bradford depot scenes

Bradford trolleybus vignettes

Visitors 358
16 photos
Created 24-Mar-12
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Bradford trolleybus vignettes

Bradford trolleybuses - the last service runs

Visitors 262
20 photos
Created 14-Mar-12
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Bradford trolleybuses - the last service runs

Bradford trolleybuses - last weekend tours

Visitors 419
57 photos
Created 23-Mar-12
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Bradford trolleybuses - last weekend tours

Bradford trolleybuses - the last one

Visitors 364
35 photos
Created 24-Mar-12
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Bradford trolleybuses - the last one

Bradford trolleybuses - after services finished

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13 photos
Created 14-Mar-12
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Bradford trolleybuses - after services finished