Trolleybuses in Southend-on-Sea

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trolleybus system
Locale Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
Open 16 October 1925 (1925-10-16)
Close 28 October 1954 (1954-10-28)
Status Closed
Routes 4
Operator(s) Southend Corporation Transport
Stock 34 (maximum)

The Southend-on-Sea trolleybus system once served the town of Southend-on-Sea, in Essex, England. Opened on 16 October 1925 (1925-10-16),[1][2] it gradually replaced Southend-on-Sea Corporation Tramways.

By the standards of the various now-defunct trolleybus systems in the United Kingdom, the Southend system was a moderately sized one, with a total of 4 routes, and a maximum fleet of 34 trolleybuses.[2] The fleet included the only trolleybus built by the Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company.[3] which was sold to the Corporation after it had been exhibited at the London Commercial Motor Show in 1933.[4] The system was closed relatively early, on 28 October 1954 (1954-10-28). [1][2]

None of the former Southend trolleybuses is recorded as having been preserved.[5]

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  1. ^ a b Joyce, J.; King, J. S.; and Newman, A. G. (1986). British Trolleybus Systems, pp. 136–141, 159. London: Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 0-7110-1647-X.
  2. ^ a b c Short, Peter. "Former UK systems". British Trolleybus Society. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Klapper 1974, p. 272.
  4. ^ "History of the Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company". Gloucestershire Transport History. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Zebedee, John (30 November 2010). "A List of Preserved Trolleybuses in the UK". British Trolleybus Society. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Barker, Colin (2012). Southend Trolleybuses. Trolleybus Classics Number 27. Midhurst, West Sussex, UK: Middleton Press. ISBN 978-1-908174-20-8. 
  • Delahoye, Richard (1986). Southend Corporation Transport: Trams, Trackless and Buses. Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK: Yarnacott. ISBN 978-0-948934-00-1. 
  • Klapper, Charles (1974). The Golden Age of Tramways. David & Charles. ISBN 978-0-7153-6458-1. 

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