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A peculiarity of Bournemouth's trolleybus system was the use of a turntable at the terminus in Christchurch. In this view 301 (301LJ) has driven onto the turntable and the poles are being lowered prior to turning.
The second view shows 278 being turned, as can be seen by manpower alone, not as hard as it might seem - as long as the bus was stopped in the right place to be balanced.
Another view of 278 arriving at the turning point, it was decorated for the last day of operation. It was a shame that such ecologically sound vehicles were banished from our streets but part of the problem lay in the need for an ct of Parliament for every variation of route - which became a big problem with one way streets and other traffic system changes.
A third view of 278, this time being turned by man and boy power on the last day of the trolleys. The town was host to a number of preserved vehicles, including ex London Transport and Glasgow Corporation ones.
A change of location sees 283 negotiating The Square in the centre of Bournemouth. This was the hub of the bus services in the town, the majority of routes going round it at some point in their journey. In trolleybus days this did lead to a mass of overhead wiring, somewhat simplified by previous conversions to diesel working.
I'm grateful to Cliff Essex for letting me use his photos on this page.
This site was last updated 26-01-2012
Photos not otherwise credited are ©2001/2002 S G J Huddy. Other photos are included with permission of the copyright holders.