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First and Last

No trolleybus site is complete without a list of start and finish dates.

System
Opened
Closed
Notes
Aberdare
15 January 1914
July 1925
Used the Cedes-Stoll system.
Ashton-under-Lyne
26 August 1925
30 December 1966
Belfast
28 March 1938
12 May 1968
Birmingham
27 November 1922
30 June 1951
First tram to trolleybus conversion.
Bournemouth
13 May 1933
20 April 1969
Bradford
20 June 1911
26 March 1972
Public service started on 24 June 1911 and ended on 24 Narch 1972.
Brighton Corporation
1 May 1939
30 June 1961
Brighton Hove & District
3 March 1946
24 March 1959
Ran under corporation wires as a joint operation.
Cardiff
1 March 1942
11 January 1970
Chesterfield
23 May 1927
24 March 1938
Cleethorpes
18 July 1937
4 June 1960
Merged with Grimsby to form Grimsby-Cleethorpes Transport on 1 January 1957.
Darlington
17 January 1926
31 July 1957
Derby
9 January 1932
9 September 1967
Doncaster
22 August 1928
14 September 1963
Dundee
5 September 1912
13 May 1914
Glasgow
3 April 1949
27 May 1967
Grimsby
3 October 1926
4 June 1960
Merged with Cleethorpes to form Grimsby-Cleethorpes Transport on 1 January 1957.
Halifax
20 July 1921
24 October 1926
Hastings
1 April 1928
31 May 1959
In 1957 Hastings Tramways was merged with Maidstone & District it had been a subsidiary) and for the last two years the trolleybuses ran as Maidstone & District. The final ceremonial journey was made on 1 June 1959.
Huddersfield
4 December 1933
13 July 1968
Ipswich
2 September 1923
23 August 1963
Keighley
3 May 1913
31 August 1932
Cedes-Stoll system closed 23 May 1924. Conventional Trolleybuses replaced the trams from 20 August 1924.
Kingston-upon-Hull
23 July 1937
31 October 1964
Public Service started on 25 July 1937.
Leeds
20 June 1911
26 July 1928
Llanelli
26 December 1932
8 November 1952
London
16 May 1931
8 May 1962
Maidstone
1 May 1928
15 April 1967
Manchester
1 March 1938
30 December 1966
Mexborough & Swinton
31 August 1915
26 March 1961
Ceremonial closure 27 March 1961.
Newcastle upon Tyne
1 October 1935
1 October 1966
Nottingham
10 April 1927
30 June 1966
Ceremonial closure 1 July 1966.
Notts & Derby
7 January 1932
25 April 1953
Oldham
26 August 1925
5 September 1926
Pontypridd
18 September 1930
31 January 1957
Portsmouth
4 August 1934
27 July 1963
Ramsbottom
14 August 1913
31 March 1931
Reading
18 July 1936
3 November 1968
Rhondda
22 December 1914
March 1915
The shortest lasting system. Rhondda only lasted a few weeks.
Rotherham
3 October 1912
2 October 1965
St Helens
11 July 1927
1 July 1958
Southend-on-Sea
16 October 1925
28 October 1954
South Lancashire
3 August 1930
31 August 1958
Ceremonial closure 1 September 1958.
South Shields
12 October 1936
29 April 1964
Stockport
10 March 1913
11 September 1920
The only British system to use the Lloyd-Kohler system.
Teesside
8 November 1919
4 April 1971
Ceremonial Closure 18 April 1971
Walsall
22 July 1931
3 October 1970
Walsall's system was forcibly transferred to the West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive (Birmingham City Transport in disguise) and it was they who abandoned the trolleybuses. Walsall had been intent on holding out.
West Hartlepool
28 February 1924
2 April 1953
Wigan
7 May 1925
30 September 1931
Wolverhampton
29 October 1923
5 March 1967
York
22 December 1920
5 January 1935
Originally abandoned on 31 December 1929, York modernised the overhead wiring and restored the system on 7 October 1931.

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Background is Wolverhampton trolleybus No 74, a Guy BTX with Guy bodywork, the Black Country Museum in Dudley has No 78, which is identical. It was discovered in a field in Ireland and returned to the museum for restoration.

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