Trolleybuses in Ashton-under-Lyne

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British Trolleybuses Ashton under Lyne.jpg
An Ashton-under-Lyne trolleybus at Stalybridge Bus Station, 30 December 1966
Locale Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside, England
Open 26 February 1925 (1925-02-26)
Close 31 December 1966 (1966-12-31)
Status Closed
Routes 5
Operator(s) Ashton Corporation Transport
Stock 19 (maximum)

The Ashton-under-Lyne trolleybus system once served the market town of Ashton-under-Lyne, now in the Metropolitan Borough of Tameside, Greater Manchester, north west England.

Opened on 26 February 1925 (1925-02-26),[1][2] the Ashton system gradually replaced the Ashton-under-Lyne tramway network. By the standards of the various now-defunct trolleybus systems in the United Kingdom, it was a small one, with a total of only five routes, and a maximum fleet of 19 trolleybuses.[2] It was closed on 31 December 1966 (1966-12-31).[2][3]

The Ashton trolleybus system also served the city of Manchester.[1]

Two of the former Ashton system trolleybuses are now preserved. One of them is at the Greater Manchester Transport Museum in Cheetham, Manchester, and the other one is based at the East Anglia Transport Museum, Carlton Colville, Suffolk.[4]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b Joyce, J.; King, J. S.; and Newman, A. G. (1986). British Trolleybus Systems, pp. 19–22, 159. London: Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 0-7110-1647-X.
  2. ^ a b c Short, Peter. "Former UK systems". British Trolleybus Society. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Murray, Alan (2000). World Trolleybus Encyclopaedia, p. 73. Yateley, Hampshire, UK: Trolleybooks. ISBN 0-904235-18-1.
  4. ^ Zebedee, John (30 November 2010). "A List of Preserved Trolleybuses in the UK". British Trolleybus Society. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Booth, Gavin (2007). Bus Operators 1970: North West England and Yorkshire. Hersham, Surrey, UK: Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7110-3202-6. 
  • Eyre, D M (1967). Manchester's Trolleybuses. Manchester, UK. 
  • Eyre, Michael; Heaps, Chris; Townsin, Alan (1989). The Manchester Bus. Glossop, Derbyshire, UK: Transport Publishing Co. ISBN 0-86317-151-6. 
  • Eyre, Mike; Heaps, Chris (2008). The Manchester Trolleybus. Hersham, Surrey, UK: Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7110-3245-3. 
  • Lockwood, Stephen (2010). Manchester & Ashton Trolleybuses. Midhurst, West Sussex, UK: Middleton Press. ISBN 978-1-906008-73-4. 
  • Rowe, Bob (2006). Ashton & Manchester's Trolleybuses. Glossop, Derbyshire, UK: Venture Publications. ISBN 978-1-905304-13-4. 

External links[edit]

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