THE PAST IN COLOUR

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The year is 1964 with a rare pho­to­graph of two trol­ley­buses be­long­ing to dif­fer­ent mu­nic­i­pal op­er­a­tors but where is it?

It must be a conur­ba­tion be­cause only there could one find trol­ley­bus com­pa­nies op­er­at­ing to­gether. This smooth and quiet mode of trans­port had the edge over early trams be­cause they could over­take but their ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity was not as good as a con­ven­tional petrol or diesel- en­gined bus and by 1972 they had all gone. Hap­pily, sev­eral have been pre­served with Brad­ford the last to cease op­er­a­tion ( right).

The conur­ba­tion above had at least 15 colour­ful fleet liv­er­ies and the des­ti­na­tion blind on the red bus is Pic­cadilly via Open­shaw and Fair­field. The route is num­ber 219 which it shared with the blue and white op­er­a­tor be­hind and the con­duc­tor ( ac­tu­ally called a guard by this com­pany) is busily chat­ting to the driver on his right.

The red BUT ( Bri­tish United Trac­tion, alias AEC and Ley­land) trol­ley­bus be­longed to Manch­ester and the blue Cross­ley to Ash­to­nun­derLyne where the pic­ture was taken at the lo­cal mar­ket place. Both im­ages come from Bri­tish Trol­ley­buses in Colour by Mal­colm Keep­ing and John Bishop, pub­lished by Fonthill Me­dia.

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