Trolleybuses in Doncaster
|Locale||Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England|
|Open||22 August 1928|
|Close||14 December 1963|
|Operator(s)||Doncaster Corporation Transport|
By the standards of the various now-defunct trolleybus systems in the United Kingdom, the Doncaster system was a moderately sized one, with a total of 6 routes, and a maximum fleet of 47 trolleybuses. There were routes to Bentley (a loop), Beckett Road, Wheatley Hills, Racecourse/Hyde Park (another loop), Balby, and Hexthorpe, all radiating out from the town centre.
Doncaster Racecourse experiment
In 1984, the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) sponsored the building of an experimental trolleybus, in connection with plans to reintroduce trolleybuses on four bus routes in Doncaster and two in Rotherham. This vehicle had a chassis built by Hestair Dennis, adapted from the standard Dennis Dominator chassis. The body was based on the Alexander 80 seat body, adapted with trolleybooms. Unusually for a British trolleybus, it included an auxiliary diesel engine (a 48 hp 3DA Dorman) for moving away from traction wires. It had a GEC Traction traction motor and was capable of running at 40 miles per hour (64 km/h).
Testing began in August 1985, on a mile-long test route alongside Doncaster Racecourse. This went from a turning circle at the end of the (private) Sandall Beat Road, alongside the racecourse, and then across Leger Way into the SYPTE bus depot. On at least one occasion it operated a revenue-earning passenger service, and the vehicle is reported to have proved satisfactory in operation.
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