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Whitehall Road, open-roofed trolley bus

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Whitehall Road, open-roofed trolley bus
1912. View of an open-roofed trolley bus which was in Leeds for the purposes of demonstration. It is photographed on Whitehall Road on the new City Square to New Farnley route. This service, which commenced on 20th June 1911, was the first trolley bus service in the United Kingdom along with one in Bradford. The buses were all single deckers and numbered 501 to 504. The chassis maker was the Railless Electric Traction Company (as in the vehicle seen here) and the bodies were built by Hurst, Nelson Company. Another two routes opened in 1915, the Guiseley to Otley service on 9th September followed by the Guiseley to Burley-in-Wharfedale service on 22nd October of that year. The image was taken facing towards Leeds just after the Gildersome Lane/Back Lane crossroads at Upper Moor Side; the Jewish cemetery is on the right.

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Don Smith

I think these guy's put thoes trolly poles up for the photo, the bus is facing up Whitehall Road in the direction of Farnley, the poles are on the down side in the direction of Leeds, the bus would still run but it would reverse the motor,





At least the road surface isn't full of potholes!


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