THE LAST DAYS OF WOOD GREEN TROLLEYBUSES

Bill and Jim in the title of this picture album are driver and conductor Bill Ryder and Jim Feirghley, who worked as a paired crew on trolleybuses at Wood Green from 1959, when Feirghley joined London Transport (Ryder had progressed from conductor to driver two years earlier) and moved on to motorbuses when the trolleys came off in November 1961.

Although their story takes up only seven of the book’s pages, their friendship made a lasting impression on Hugh Taylor who has compiled this extensive selection of mainly black and white photographs of the routes they worked or encountered in those last two years of trolleybuses in north London.

As a 14-year-old enthusiast determined to observe, photograph and learn all that he could about this rapidly disappearing transport service, Taylor took himself all over the system and prioritised trolleybuses over school on days when routes were being withdrawn. These kindly employees befriended him, providing an insight into their world, sharing anecdotes and allowing him to drive one under battery power within the confines of the depot.

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