Bradford Trolleybus

Contributed by Bradford Industrial Museum

The trolleybus started and finished its life in the UK in BradfordA trolleybus is an electric bus that draws its electricity from overhead wires using spring-loaded trolleypoles. Two wires and poles are required to complete the electrical circuit, unlike a tram or streetcar, which normally uses the track as part of the electrical path and thus needs only one wire and pole.

Leeds and Bradford became the first cities to operate trolleybuses in the United Kingdom on the 20th June 1911. Bradford was the last to operate trolleybuses in the UK, the system closing down on the 26th March 1972. The last rear-entrance trolleybus in Britain was also in Bradford and is now owned by the Bradford Trolleybus Association.

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