TRTB Centenary

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TRTB 100 was celebrated with this pairing of the Teesside 500 Group’s 1958 Northern Counties-bodied Dennis Loline and a 1950 Roe-bodied Sunbeam trolleybus. STEPHEN BAILES

An event marking 100 years since the start of trolleybus operation by the Teesside Railless Traction Board (TRTB) included a vehicle from the system.

TRTB 100 was held at the Kirkleatham Museum at Redcar, where 1950 Roe-bodied Sunbeam, GAJ15, is kept.

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Stagecoach North East driver and Transport Historian Chris Hall not only brought along a vast collection of archive photos, but also the Teesside 500 Group’s 1958 Northern Counties-bodied Dennis Loline, JDC699. “We had a lot of interest and some great memories were shared,” he said.

Two-thirds owned by Eston Urban District Council and a third by Middlesbrough Corporation, TRTB also ran some motorbuses, including Roe-bodied Leyland PD2A/27 JVN40E, now owned by the 500 Group.

The board was merged into Teesside Municipal Transport in 1968, the same year the three route operation hosted Britain’s last trolleybus system extension. The trolleys ran until 1971, the last system to run in Britain apart from Bradford, which closed the following year.