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The Museum was full of visitors and the commemoration
of the 40th anniversary of the passing of the London Trolleybus was well planned and executed. At opening time a
variety of vehicles were being demonstrated, however by mid afternoon, London took over.
All three London trolleybuses were working along with HR2 tram 1858 a vintage taxi and a collection of the London buses
designed and built for London. These formed into a procession that drove around the whole museum site.
The pictures show the beginning of the procession with an RT, RTL and RTW [my favourite London bus] beginning to lead off.
I tried to avoid one of the dreaded Routemasters but one has slipped into a couple of pictures.
Background Story on Tram 1858.
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260 is seen with interior lights waiting at the stop with 1201, showing
the 649A destination coming in behind to take up service. 1201 was a native of Stamford which operated the Sundays only
649A [Wood Green - Liverpool Street], the only route to have a suffix on the London system.
260 shows a short working 660 destination. The route operated from August 1936 until January 1962 between North Finchley
trolleybus station and Hammersmith and was shared between Stonebridge [where 260 spent its working life] and Finchley
depots. The RM in the picture displays route 18 which replaced the 662, another Stonebridge route and one that 260
The picture gives an indication as to how well 66 year old 260 has been kept by the EATM.
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Taken at the main terminal, 1858 waits to depart for Hedley Grove. The
tram is one of class HR2 and was used on the hilly routes and through the Kingsway subway. There are notices inside about
alighting at the subway stations. It remained in service until the last day of the tram system.
1521 is being restored to its "delivery" condition. Dating from 1940, it entered service at West Ham, prepared for
the blackout with masked headlights and white painted mudguards and the white strip painted at the rear.
It is showing a short working on route 665 [Barking-Bloomsbury], on which West Ham provided vehicles to supplement those
from Poplar. The 665 lasted from June 1940 until November 1959. Following the east end conversion 1521 was transferred to
Finchley and then in November 1961 to Fulwell, where it became the last London trolleybus to run in public service. It was saved
from the scrap yard by members of the LTPS.
1858 stands alone as 1201 is seen taking up service on route 683 [Stamford Hill-Moorgate], a route that commenced in
February 1939 and withdrawn in January 1959.
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All three London trolleybuses can be seen, with 1521
showing the wartime headlight masking and the white painted mudguards. The RM is also in the picture, but I wanted to get
all three trolleybuses in a single shot.
A sideways view of 260 parked before being attached to the wires, taken
from the top of 1201. The Charlton side blind is very clear showing the 664 [Edgware-Paddington], another route withdrawn in
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Closer views of the fronts of 1201 and
1521 and then the rear of 1521 and the side of 1201.
LCD 52 is photographed in the livery of the Maidstone system. It was also
52 in the Brighton system and was new in 1947. Sold to Maidstone in 1959 as the Brighton conversion commenced, it remained
in the Maidstone fleet until closure on 15 April 1967. Whilst in Maidstone it was fitted for a period with a circular wire grill and
was nicknamed "the goldfish" by locals.
Belfast 264 entered service in 1958 and was both the last trolleybus and the only four wheeler built for Belfast. It was also the
only Belfast trolleybus whose registration numbers were before the index letters. It was planned to be the prototype of a fleet of
100 replacement vehicles for a second generation of Belfast trolleybuses, which had the largest fleet of trolleybuses after London.
By the time it entered service the giant London system was poised for abolition and there appeared to be no future for trolleybuses
264 was in service until the final closure of the system and is shown displaying the Falls Park service, which was operative until
the last day, 12 May 1968.
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My two favourites of the day, which show Carlton Colville
at its considerable best. These could pictures look as if they are in service in actual streets and one has the real feel of being
back in the tram/trolleybus era. 1201 heading for Upper Edmonton, rain glinting off the road and a mix of trees and an industrial
building. Surely this could feature as a set in a movie.
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1521 is parked up waiting to be fixed to the wires, as 260,
interior lights glowing passes. Sadly 1521 could not take passengers on the day, but it was great to see it under power.
Derby 224, which entered service in 1952 and remained in service until closure in 1967, can also be seen.
Shows 1201 about to enter service. This vehicle was sold for use as
an "office" to a car show room following withdrawal. It was saved from scrapping for the second time by the LTPS
and has been restored to Stamford Hill "service condition".
The terminus with a rain soaked 'inspector' as 260 takes up service in the evening dusk.
Sadly this is a museum, but for an afternoon I travelled on trolleybuses all over north and north west London.
Once again we should congratulate the LTPS and the East Anglia Transport Museum for the extraordinary amount of
work that has gone into making this a real "living museum". Just listening to the comments of visitors
on the day shows how interested people are, and yet may never have seen a trolleybus in service, and impressed
as to how well the vehicles are kept.
A special thanks goes to Hugh Taylor who is always happy to answer any question however inane, and is more than prepared to
turn the blinds around for photographs. Many thanks Hugh and bring on the next books, I cannot wait to see a picture of 1521
whilst at West Ham.