Trolleybuses in St Helens

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St Helens trolleybus system
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The last remaining St Helens trolleybus at the North West Museum of Road Transport, the redeveloped former St Helens Corporation tram depot, Hall Street, October 2008
Locale St Helens, Merseyside, England
Open 11 July 1927 (1927-07-11)
Close 30 June 1958 (1958-06-30)
Status Closed
Routes 6
Operator(s) St Helens Corporation Transport
Stock 66 (maximum)

The St Helens trolleybus system once served St Helens, Merseyside, north west England. Opened on 11 July 1927 (1927-07-11),[1][2] it gradually replaced the St Helens tramway network.

By the standards of the various now-defunct trolleybus systems in the United Kingdom, the St Helens system was a medium-sized one, with a total of six routes, and a maximum fleet of 66 trolleybuses.[2] It was closed relatively early, on 30 June 1958 (1958-06-30).[1][2] The 16 youngest trolleybuses in the fleet at that time, ones built in 1950–51, were all sold to other systems for further use. Eight Sunbeam vehicles went to South Shields system and eight British United Traction vehicles to Bradford.[1]

Only one of the former St Helens system trolleybuses is now preserved, at the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft, South Yorkshire.[3]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b c Joyce, J.; King, J. S.; and Newman, A. G. (1986). British Trolleybus Systems, pp. 130–133. London: Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 0-7110-1647-X.
  2. ^ a b c Short, Peter. "Former UK systems". British Trolleybus Society. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Zebedee, John (30 November 2010). "A List of Preserved Trolleybuses in the UK". British Trolleybus Society. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Maund, T B; Ashton, M J (1995). Local Transport in St. Helen's 1897-1974. Glossop, Derbyshire, UK: Venture. ISBN 978-1-898432-58-6. 
  • Sandford, Geoffrey (1968). The Trolleybuses of St Helens. Reading, Berkshire, UK: Reading Transport Society. 
  • Sandford, Geoff (2004). St Helens Trolleybuses. Regent Transport Publishing. 
  • Stretch, E K (1968). St.Helens Tramways. St Helens, Merseyside, UK: St Helens Corporation. 

External links[edit]

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