The Last Decade of British Trolleybuses in Colour covers the general demise of the British trolley bus from 1961 to 1972 when the last Bradford trolley bus entered the Thornbury Works for the final time on 26 March 1972. Gripped by a fascination of trolley buses, John Bishop and Malcolm Keeping decided to capture the vehicles on both cine-film and color transparencies. Having seen the demise of their 'home town trolley buses', both authors traveled the country photographing the remaining trolleys bus systems, including the capital cities of Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow and London. The photographs not only capture the vast array of colors of the vehicles, but the changing scene of the so called 'Swinging Sixties' when attitudes relaxed dramatically. Since these colorful days, the scene has changed even more so when the local government in the Seventies altered municipal operations becoming companies and many changed names or disappeared altogether. Therefore, this book records far more than just the demise of the trolley buses, but changes in society as well.
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About the Author
Whilst not being employed in the world of public transport, the subject has played a significant part of John Bishop’s life through the ‘eyes of the camera’. From an early age in the mid-1950s through to the present day he has sought to record the history of buses, trolleybuses and trams in both color and cine film progressing to video today. Much of his knowledge has been expanded into seventeen published books.
John Bishop and Malcolm Keeping are both lifelong colleagues that share an interest in all forms of transport, especially trolleybuses of the UK and worldwide. They have set to record where possible in color slides and cine-photography the gradual demise of trolleybus in Britain, with the desire younger students in social history can enjoy in the Sixties era. Both authors have either contributed towards or been involved in transport-related books over the last thirteen years and still maintain an active interest in transport.
Table of Contents
1 Trolleybuses in Everyday Service 9
2 Driving School Vehicles 77
3 Joint Trolleybus Operations 81
4 Depot Views 83
5 Preserved Trolleybuses on Tour 86
6 The Final Chapter 88
7 Rest in Peace 90
8 Trolleybus Ancillary Service Vehicles 92
Active Trolleybus Museums 95