Trolleybuses in Brighton

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Brighton trolleybus system
Maidstone corporation Trolley bus model.jpg
Model of former Brighton trolleybus no 51, in Maidstone system livery.
Operation
Locale Brighton, East Sussex, England
Open 1 May 1939 (1939-05-01)
Close 30 June 1961 (1961-06-30)
Status Closed
Routes 9
Operator(s) Brighton Corporation Transport
(1939–1961)
Brighton, Hove & District Omnibus Co. Ltd.
(1945–1961)
Infrastructure
Stock 52 (maximum) (BCT)
11 (B,H&D)

The Brighton trolleybus system once served the town of Brighton, East Sussex, England. Opened on 1 May 1939 (1939-05-01),[1][2] it gradually replaced the Brighton Corporation Tramways network.

By the standards of the various now defunct trolleybus systems in the United Kingdom, the Brighton system was a moderately sized one, with a total of 9 routes.[1] It was also unusual, in that it had two operators.

The main operator of the system was Brighton Corporation Transport, which owned the wires, and had a maximum fleet of 52 trolleybuses. The other operator, Brighton, Hove & District Omnibus Co. Ltd., introduced a fleet of 8 trolleybuses to the system on 1 January 1945 (1945-01-01) with 3 more following later, and ran them on four of the system's routes.[1] The whole system was closed relatively early, on 30 June 1961 (1961-06-30).[1][2]

Two of the former Brighton trolleybuses are now preserved. One is at the Science Museum annexe at Swindon, and the other is at the East Anglia Transport Museum, Carlton Colville, Suffolk.[3] The latter vehicle, no 52, is preserved in the livery of Maidstone Corporation, which acquired it and used it on the Maidstone trolleybus system, following the closure of the Brighton system.[4]


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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Short, Peter. "Former UK systems". British Trolleybus Society website. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Bruce, Ashley. "British Trolleybus Systems". British Trolleybuses website. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Zebedee, John (30 November 2010). "A List of Preserved Trolleybuses in the UK". British Trolleybus Society website. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Piatt, AJ (2011). "The Online Fleet List – fleet no 52". Brighton Corporation Transport fan website. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Henbest, Andrew (2005). Brighton Trolleybuses. Midhurst, West Sussex, UK: Middleton Press. ISBN 978-1-904474-34-0. 
  • Kaye, David (1967). The Trolleybuses of Brighton and Hove. Hastings, East Sussex, UK: Reading Transport Society. OCLC 155923514. 
  • Kraemer-Johnson, Glyn; Bishop, John (2007). Trolleybus Memories Brighton. Hersham, Surrey, UK: Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7110-3199-9. 
  • Roberts, John (1984). British Bus & Trolleybus Systems: Brighton Hove & District. Glossop, Derbyshire, UK: Transport Publishing Company. ISBN 0-86317-109-5. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Trolleybuses in Brighton at Wikimedia Commons