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 This gallery contains about 500 photographs and covers every service apart from those that were withdrawn prior to 1941, namely to Oakenshaw and Bolton Woods/Frizinghall, simply as I have no suitable material.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.