Trolleybuses in Ramsbottom

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Ramsbottom trolleybus system
Ramsbottom trolleybus - ca. 1913.jpg
A Ramsbottom trolleybus, ca. 1913.
Locale Ramsbottom, Lancashire, (now Greater Manchester), England
Open 14 August 1913 (1913-08-14)
Close 31 March 1931 (1931-03-31)
Status Closed
Routes 1
Operator(s) Ramsbottom Urban District Council
Stock 7 (maximum)

The Ramsbottom trolleybus system once served the town of Ramsbottom, then in Lancashire, but now in Greater Manchester, England.


Opened on 14 August 1913 (1913-08-14),[1] the Ramsbottom system was unusual in being a completely new one that was not replacing any previously operating tramway network. It was closed relatively early, on 31 March 1931 (1931-03-31),[1] though it was largely replaced by motor buses on a faster timetable from 14 January 1929.[2]


By the standards of the various now defunct trolleybus systems in the United Kingdom, the Ramsbottom system was very small, with only one route,[1] from Holcombe Brook railway station to Edenfield, with a short branch from Market Place in Ramsbottom to Ramsbottom railway station, which closed on 5 October 1914.[2] Buses ran half-hourly.[3]


The system had a maximum fleet of only seven trolleybuses.[1]

None of the former Ramsbottom trolleybuses is recorded as having survived.[4]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d Short, Peter. "Former UK systems". British Trolleybus Society. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Newman, A G (August 1979). Buses (293): 337.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Meccano Magazine February 1972 - Ramsbottom Trolleybus pioneer by M Evans
  4. ^ Zebedee, John (30 November 2010). "A List of Preserved Trolleybuses in the UK". British Trolleybus Society. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Lockwood, Stephen (2011). Trackless to Trolleybus: Trolleybuses in Britain. Brora, Sutherland: Adam Gordon. ISBN 9781874422860. 

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