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Railway bridge, Whitehall Road, single decker trolley bus


Railway bridge, Whitehall Road, single decker trolley bus
Description:
1911. Image shows a number 501 trolley bus as it travels along Whitehall Road on its journey from New Farnley to City Square. This service opened on 20th June 1911 and it was the first trolley bus route in the United Kingdom along with a service started in Bradford a few days later. There were four trolley buses operating on this route, numbering from 501 to 504. The chassis manufacturer was the Railless Electric Traction Company and the bodies were made by the Hurst, Nelson Company. In the centre a white horse and cart can be seen and at the right edge a man is seated on a cart pulled by a black horse in the direction of New Farnley. Overhead is the railway bridge carrying the LNER line.

User Comments:

Name:
Alan Smith

Comment:
The bus is actually travelling from the city centre towards New Farnley, on the wrong side of the road presumeably to pass the horses and carts. The signals above left are for the divergence of tracks at Wortley South Junction towards Wortley West and Holbeck Junctions.

Date:
05-Sep-2012

Email:
richardsmith143@btinternet.com

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Name:
Alan Smith

Comment:
In 1911 the line was operated by the Great Northern Railway. The LNER came into operation following Grouping in 1923.

Date:
05-Sep-2012

Email:
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Name:
Graham Daniels

Comment:
Is this photo reversed? If the bus and white horse are travelling towards Leeds, then surely they should be on the side of the road where the black horse and cart are!

Date:
05-Sep-2012

Email:
grahamd2010@live.co.uk

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Name:
dennis duke

Comment:
is this the bridge near w g search and in the righthand side background the cattle market

Date:
14-Dec-2014

Email:
dennisaduke1@gmail.com

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
Both Alan Smith and Graham Daniels have noted the continental adversity with the positioning of the vehicles in this picture. Mr. Daniels wonders if the image might have been 'reversed' in some way, ie:- positions changed, as it were. This can't be the case here. The only way to reverse the image would have been to laterally invert it. This can't have been happened, since if that had been the case, the number on the bus would have been 'back-to-front'. I think that we have a different scenario here. Look closely at the horse in the centre of the picture. It seems to be standing on all four hooves. Given that to be the case, look at the other vehicles. It would appear that they are stationary too. Enlargement of the image of the horse and cart on the right, shows that the horse seems to be on the verge, and standing close to the wall (the shafts aren't visible). Also, the front wheels are turned slightly into the kerb.The driver is sitting relaxed on a pile of black sacks (no doubt he is a coal-man), and looking back at the camera. I think than these three vehicles are positioned oddly as the result of some sort of hold-up, - - - "Accident" ? - - - "Photo-Shoot" ? Will we ever know the real story?

Date:
16-Dec-2014

Email:
GrahamScho@AOL.com

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