Trolleybuses in South Shields

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South Shields
trolleybus system
Locale South Shields, County Durham, England
Open 12 October 1936 (1936-10-12)
Close 29 April 1964 (1964-04-29)
Status Closed
Routes 11
Operator(s) South Shields Corporation Transport
Stock 61 (maximum)

The South Shields trolleybus system once served the town of South Shields, then in County Durham, but now in Tyne and Wear, England. Opened on 12 October 1936 (1936-10-12),[1] it gradually replaced the South Shields Corporation Tramways.

By the standards of the various now defunct trolleybus systems in the United Kingdom, the South Shields system was a medium-sized one, with a total of 11 routes, and a maximum fleet of 61 trolleybuses.[1] It was closed on 29 April 1964 (1964-04-29).[1]

One of the former South Shields trolleybuses is now preserved, at the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft, Lincolnshire.[2]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b c Short, Peter. "Former UK systems". British Trolleybus Society. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Zebedee, John (30 November 2010). "A List of Preserved Trolleybuses in the UK". British Trolleybus Society. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Burrows, Geoff (1976). The Trolleybuses of South Shields, 1936-64. Strood, Kent, UK: Trolleybooks. ISBN 0-904235-04-1. 
  • Lockwood, Stephen (2007). South Shields Trolleybuses. Midhurst, West Sussex, UK: Middleton Press. ISBN 978-1-906008-11-6. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Buses in South Shields at Wikimedia Commons