THE PAST IN COLOUR
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.