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New Farnley Terminus, single decker Trolley Bus

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New Farnley Terminus, single decker Trolley Bus
1912. View of a single decker Trolley Bus at New Farnley Terminus in 1912. The Tramways Department decided to investigate the possibilities of a trackless tram system in 1909 when they visited various up-and-running systems on the continent, (Milan, Vienna and Muhlhausen in Germany.) Leeds and Bradford were the first cities in the United Kingdom to adopt the trolley buses and Leeds chose the Whitehall Road to New Farnley route to pioneer the service which commenced on 20th June 1911. The vehicles for the route cost £5,500 and the other necessary electrical equipment etc. totalled £9,000. The trolley bus system was less expensive to run than the tramways which made it more suited to less densely populated routes. The two original vehicles were numbered 501 and 502 and were given the same livery as the trams. Two more buses were soon added to the stock. A second route from Guiseley to Otley opened on 9th September 1915 and the Guiseley to Burley-in-Wharfedale route followed on 22nd October of that year which meant a further 4 trolley buses were required.

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Peter Kelly

Trackless cars 501-504 were supplied by The Railless Electric Traction Company to Leeds City Tramways. Source: Leeds Transport on Postcards by Jim Soper, Leeds Transport Historical Society, 2012. Trackless cars (Trolleybuses) 501-504, built in 1911 by Railless Electric Traction Co. Body Builder: Hurst, Nelson Co. Motor Maker: Siemens Bros & Co Ltd. In 1911, both Leeds and Bradford introduced trolleybuses to the Railless design. The onset of World War I had a dramatic effect on the development of the trolleybus. Since most of the equipment had been manufactured in Germany, the enactment of the Trading With the Enemy Act, of 1914, meant that spares became unobtainable. In 1916, as a result of this, and other difficulties, the Railless Electric Traction Company went into receivership, eventually being sold to Short Brothers, who formed a new company Railless Ltd., to develop the system further.


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