Trolleybuses in Portsmouth

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Portsmouth trolleybus system
Preserved Portsmouth trolleybus at the Milestones Museum, Basingstoke, Hampshire, 2006
Locale Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Open 4 August 1934 (1934-08-04)
Close 27 July 1963 (1963-07-27)
Status Closed
Routes 9
Operator(s) Portsmouth Corporation Transport
Stock 100 (maximum)

The Portsmouth trolleybus system once served the city of Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. Opened on 4 August 1934 (1934-08-04),[1][2] it gradually replaced the Portsmouth tramway network; the last trams ran on 10 November 1936.[1]

By the standards of the various now-defunct trolleybus systems in the United Kingdom, the Portsmouth system was a medium-sized one, with a total of nine routes, and a maximum fleet of 100 trolleybuses.[2] It was closed on 27 July 1963 (1963-07-27).[1][2] The former trolleybus routes were replaced by diesel bus services.[3]

Two of the former Portsmouth trolleybuses are now preserved, one at the East Anglia Transport Museum at Carlton Colville, Suffolk, and the other at the Hampshire County Council Store, East Meon.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c Joyce, J.; King, J. S.; and Newman, A. G. (1986). British Trolleybus Systems, pp. 116–120. London: Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 0-7110-1647-X.
  2. ^ a b c Short, Peter. "Former UK systems". British Trolleybus Society. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Gould, Peter. "Portsmouth Corporation Transport". Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Zebedee, John (30 November 2010). "A List of Preserved Trolleybuses in the UK". British Trolleybus Society. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Bowler, David R H (2014). Portsmouth Trolleybuses. Brora, Sutherland: Adam Gordon Books. ISBN 9781874422969. <
  • Brown, Ron (2010). Portsmouth Transport. Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK: Amberley Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4456-0136-6. 
  • Cox, Barry (2001). Portsmouth Trolleybuses. Midhurst, West Sussex, UK: Middleton Press. ISBN 978-1-901706-73-4. 
  • Janes, D A P; Funnell, R G (1969). Trolleybuses of Portsmouth. Reading, Berkshire, UK: Reading Transport Society. ISBN 0-901792-00-4. 

External links[edit]

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