Trolleybuses in Ipswich

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Ipswich trolleybus system
Ipswich trolleybuses on delivery - 1937.jpg
A delivery photo of 10 Ipswich trolleybuses, 1937.
LocaleIpswich, Suffolk, England
Open2 September 1923 (1923-09-02)
Close23 August 1963 (1963-08-23)[1][2][3]
Operator(s)Ipswich Corporation Transport
Stock85 (maximum)

The Ipswich trolleybus system once served Ipswich, the county town of Suffolk, England. Opened on 2 September 1923 (1923-09-02),[1][4] it gradually replaced the Ipswich tramway network.

By the standards of the various now-defunct trolleybus systems in the United Kingdom, the Ipswich system was a medium-sized one, with a total of 14 routes, and a maximum fleet of 85 trolleybuses.

The system was closed on 23 August 1963 (1963-08-23).[1][2][3] In 1962, eight of its newest trolleybuses were sold to Walsall for further service; most of these survived until 1970.[5]

Seven of the former Ipswich system trolleybuses are now preserved. Six of them are at the Ipswich Transport Museum, which is housed in the old Priory Heath trolleybus depot in Cobham Road. The other one is at the Science Museum, Wroughton, Wiltshire.[6]

The Ipswich system remains unique in having a 100%-trolleybus fleet following tram abandonment as well as the unusual combination of green paint and unpainted aluminium side panelling.

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  1. ^ a b c Short, Peter. "Former UK systems". British Trolleybus Society. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  2. ^ a b Joyce, J.; King, J. S.; and Newman, A. G. (1986). British Trolleybus Systems, pp. 72–76, 159. London: Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 0-7110-1647-X.
  3. ^ a b McCormack, Kevin (2004). British Trolleybuses in Colour, p. 80. Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 0-7110-3008-1.
  4. ^ Murray, Alan (2000). World Trolleybus Encyclopaedia, p. 73. Yateley, Hampshire, UK: Trolleybooks. ISBN 0-904235-18-1.
  5. ^ "Ipswich Transport Museum: Ipswich Trolleybuses". Ipswich Transport Museum website. Ipswich Transport Museum. March 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
  6. ^ Zebedee, John (30 November 2010). "A List of Preserved Trolleybuses in the UK". British Trolleybus Society. Retrieved 4 April 2011.

Further reading[edit]

  • Barker, Colin (2005). Ipswich Trolleybuses. Midhurst, West Sussex, UK: Middleton Press. ISBN 978-1-904474-59-3.

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