Glasgow’s was no mean system

Title: Glasgow Trolleybuses

Author: Colin Barker

Publisher: Middleton Press

ISBN: 978-1-908174-96-3

Specification: 230mm x 170mm, 96pp, softback

Price: £18.95

The Glasgow trolleybus system closed 50 years ago this coming May. It was the last new one in the UK and its opening in April 1949 made it the only one to start after World War 2.

Like most, it lasted no more than a single generation of vehicles, and indeed so short lived were the last of its routes that half the fleet gave less than 10 years’ service. By then, trolleybus abandonment had reached such a pace that if Glasgow even tried to sell these vehicles for further service, there was no obvious market for them. With the exception of three retained for preservation (of which two survive today), they were cut up for scrap.

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