Trolleybuses in Cardiff

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Cardiff trolleybus system
Cardiff trolleybus 258 at Wood Street, Cardiff-geograph-6436525-by-Alan-Murray-Rust.jpg
Cardiff trolleybus in Central Square in 1966
Operation
Locale Cardiff, Wales
Open1 March 1942 (1942-03-01)
Close11 January 1970 (1970-01-11)
StatusClosed
Routes14
Operator(s) Cardiff Corporation Transport
Infrastructure
Stock79 (maximum)

The Cardiff trolleybus system once served Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. Opened on 1 March 1942, [1] [2] it gradually replaced the Cardiff tramway network.

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Trolleybuses are electric buses that draw power from dual overhead wires using spring-loaded trolley poles. By the standards of the other now-defunct trolleybus systems in the United Kingdom, the Cardiff system was medium-sized, with 14 routes and a maximum fleet of 79 trolleybuses. [2] It was closed on 11 January 1970. [1] [2]

Four Cardiff trolleybuses have been preserved. Nos. 243 and 262 are at the Cardiff & South Wales Trolleybus Project in eastern Cardiff, no. 215 is at the National Collections Centre of National Museum Wales, Nantgarw, and no. 203 is at the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft, Lincolnshire, England. [3]

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References

Notes

  1. 1 2 Joyce, J.; King, J. S.; and Newman, A. G. (1986). British Trolleybus Systems. London: Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN   0-7110-1647-X.
  2. 1 2 3 Short, Peter. "Former UK systems". British Trolleybus Society. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
  3. Zebedee, John (30 November 2010). "A List of Preserved Trolleybuses in the UK". British Trolleybus Society. Retrieved 19 March 2011.

Further reading

  • All Aboard. Cardiff, Wales, UK: Cardiff Bus. 2002.
  • Cardiff Trolleybus System. Cardiff, Wales, UK: Cardiff & South Wales Trolleybus Project. 2002.
  • Bowen, D G (1969). City of Cardiff--68 years of electric transport. Guildford, Surrey, UK: National Trolleybus Association, Publications Dept. ISBN   0-85024-001-8.
  • Bowen, D G; Callow, John (1969). The Cardiff Trolleybus (1942 to 1970). Guildford, Surrey, UK: National Trolleybus Association, Publications Dept. ISBN   0-85024-002-6.
  • Davies, Roger (2006). Streets of Cardiff. Hersham, Surrey, UK: Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN   978-0-7110-3098-5.
  • Lockwood, Stephen (2005). Cardiff Trolleybuses: A Capital City System. Midhurst, West Sussex, UK: Middleton Press. ISBN   978-1-904474-64-7.
  • Watts, John (2002). Air Despatch & Bruce Coachworks of Cardiff. Cardiff, Wales, UK: Cardiff Transport Preservation Group.

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