Trolleybus tribute

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RATP Dev-owned Yellow Buses has marked the 50th anniversary of the last trolleybus in Bournemouth.

The electric vehicles, which took their power from overhead wires, replaced Bournemouth’s former tramway system in 1933 and ran for 36 years. At its height, the trolleybus network extended to 29 miles and was operated by a fleet of 127 vehicles. In the year ending March 1937, the trolleybuses carried 26.3 million passengers. Ten years later the figure had risen to 42.7 million.

Keith Burbidge (left), who has built his own mini-trolleybus replica, with David Squire, Yellow Buses’ Managing Director, and the company’s History Bus. YELLOW BUSES

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