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Portsmouth Trolleybuses

The Portsmouth trolleybus network covered the whole of the city and the suspended power wires were a fundamental part of how the city’s roads looked for decades. We featured the history of the trolleybus in Portsmouth on one of our previous transport history articles (you can read the article HERE) but I found some amazing cine footage recently that really shows them at work, with interesting views of how the city looked back in the 50s. Always love seeing the power station too, we have an article on that coming up soon, as well as the return of our transport article series.


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  1. @Lord_Palmerston

    19 February

    Great bit of film. There was a fascinating book published about 25 years ago called “Fares Please” which was all about the history of public transport in Pompey, well worth keeping an eye out for. Bus and train enthusiasts can seem a bit obsessive but there is often a huge amount of nearly-lost history in the background of their shots.

  2. Paul Gonella

    20 February

    Sounds interesting, will try and keep my eye out for that. Like you say, their obsession with documenting everything is a godsend down the line keeping a record of not only the transport but the city and the people too.

  3. Tony

    22 February

    Ooh – I’ve got that book. Must have another flick through

  4. Gordon Ferguson

    13 July

    As an ex Pompey trolley bus driver I loved your video. Problem is that the buses are all blue! Or is it my tablet.

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