Trolleybuses in Portsmouth

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Portsmouth trolleybus system
Preserved Portsmouth trolleybus at the Milestones Museum, Basingstoke, Hampshire, 2006
Locale Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Open4 August 1934 (1934-08-04)
Close27 July 1963 (1963-07-27)
Operator(s) Portsmouth Corporation Transport
Electrification (?) V DC parallel overhead lines
Stock100 (maximum)

The Portsmouth trolleybus system once served the city of Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. Opened on 4 August 1934, [1] [2] it gradually replaced the Portsmouth tramway network; the last trams ran on 10 November 1936. [1]


By the standards of the various now-defunct trolleybus systems in the United Kingdom, the Portsmouth system was a medium-sized one, with a total of nine routes, and a maximum fleet of 139 trolleybuses. [2] It was closed on 27 July 1963. [1] [2] The former trolleybus routes were replaced by diesel bus services. [3]

Two of the former Portsmouth trolleybuses are now preserved, one (No. 313) at the East Anglia Transport Museum at Carlton Colville, Suffolk, and the other one (No. 1) at the CPPTD Museum, Wicor Farm, and Portchester as of 2014. [4]

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  1. 1 2 3 Joyce, J.; King, J. S.; and Newman, A. G. (1986). British Trolleybus Systems, pp. 116–120. London: Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN   0-7110-1647-X.
  2. 1 2 3 Short, Peter. "Former UK systems". British Trolleybus Society. Retrieved 18 March 2011.
  3. Gould, Peter. "Portsmouth Corporation Transport" . Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  4. Zebedee, John (30 November 2010). "A List of Preserved Trolleybuses in the UK". British Trolleybus Society. Retrieved 18 March 2011.

Further reading

  • Bowler, David R H (2014). Portsmouth Trolleybuses. Brora, Sutherland: Adam Gordon Books. ISBN   9781874422969.
  • Brown, Ron (2010). Portsmouth Transport. Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK: Amberley Publishing. ISBN   978-1-4456-0136-6.
  • Cox, Barry (2001). Portsmouth Trolleybuses. Midhurst, West Sussex, UK: Middleton Press. ISBN   978-1-901706-73-4.
  • Janes, D A P; Funnell, R G (1969). Trolleybuses of Portsmouth. Reading, Berkshire, UK: Reading Transport Society. ISBN   0-901792-00-4.

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