A Nostalgic Look Back at Belfast Trolleybuses 1938-1968
Belfast Corporation operated the largest trolleybus system in the United Kingdom outside London. Although the system lasted for 30 years (from March 1938 to May 1968), perhaps the 'golden decade' was the 1950s. In 1953 the trolleybuses carried 112 million passengers almost 8% million miles - more than the trams and buses combined. The middle of that decade saw the fleet size at its maximum of 245 vehicles, as well as the final route extensions - to Whitehouse in 1950, Carr's Glen in 1951, Glen Road and Holywood Road in 1952, and Whitewell in 1953. In 1958 the one-way traffic scheme based on the City Hall was opened. The overhead wiring that was necessary to give the trolleybus as much flexibility as the diesel bus meant that the final layout was one of the most complex in the world. The final route extension took place in 1959, when a branch off the Falls Road was opened to Whiterock terminus on the Springfield Road. This book captures the flavour of that period with over 200 photographs, of which very few have been published before. The city is covered on a route-by-route basis, starting with the city centre and working clockwise from Belmont in the east to Whitehouse in the north, with additional sections on the depots, tickets and preserved trolleybuses. There are as usual several 'past and present' views, and a selection of colour photo-graphs. But it is also a nostalgic portrait of the city of Belfast during that era - the streets and shops, buildings and fashions - many of which have changed beyond recognition, while some, surprisingly, have not.
Hardback with dust jacket, 128 pages, black & white photographs
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