British Trolleybuses in Colour: The Last Decade: 1961-1972

Author(s): John Bishop and Malcolm Keeping 

ISBN: 9781781554500
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A unique record of trolleybuses nationwide charting not only the demise of this form of transportation in the UK, but also important changes in society.
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British Trolleybuses in Colour: The Last Decade covers the general demise of the British trolleybus from 1961 to 1972 when the last Bradford trolleybus entered the Thornbury Works for the final time on 26 March 1972. Gripped by a fascination of trolleybuses, John Bishop and Malcolm Keeping decided to capture the vehicles on both cine-film and colour transparencies.

Having seen the demise of their ‘home town trolleybuses’, both authors travelled the country photographing the remaining trolleybus systems, including the capital cities of Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow and London. The photographs not only capture the vast array of colours of the vehicles, but the changing scene of the so called ‘Swinging Sixties’ when attitudes relaxed dramatically.

Since these colourful days, the scene has changed even more so when the local government in the Seventies altered municipal operations becoming companies and many changed names or disappeared altogether.

Therefore, this book records far more than just the demise of the trolleybuses, but changes in society as well.

BOOK ISBN 9781781554500
FORMAT 235 x 165 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 96 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 15 December 2015
ILLUSTRATIONS 158 colour photographs



John Bishop and Malcolm Keeping are both lifelong colleagues that share an interest in all forms of transport, especially trolleybuses of the UK and worldwide. They have set to record where possible in colour slides and cine-photography the gradual demise of trolleybus in Britain, with the desire younger students in social history can enjoy in the Sixties era. Both authors have either contributed towards or been involved in transport-related books over the last thirteen years and still maintain an active interest in transport.