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Trolleybus on High Street

Trolleybus on High Street
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Trolleybus on High Street

Hastings Old Town, East Sussex. Circa 1955. Photo contribution from Chris Watford.

  • Christopher Watford on 31 May 2021 Christopher Watford said

    I took this photo c.mid-1950s. It shows just how tricky it was for trolleybus drivers to navigate this narrow street, which at the time was the only route inland out of the Old Town. The passengers on the lower deck must have been terrified by the proximity to the high pavement, which appears to be just inches away ! Until the new Bourne Road was built between High Street and All Saints Street in the 1960s this was used for traffic in both directions, and watching two trolleybuses edge pass each other at a snail's pace was always interesting. Behind the No.11 St Helens-route trolleybus is an East Kent single decker bus bound for Rye.

    Note the absence of yellow parking restriction lines- few people had cars in those days.

    These trolleybuses were a mixed blessing. They could creep up on you unexpectedly, being so quiet; and when they accelerated, they did so in a series of jerks. When they terminated at such places as the Bull Inn, West St.Leonards, the turning circle of the overhead cables was too tight, and the arms would come off, causing the conductor to have to use a pole to put them back.
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