Roger Janes Memorial Gallery

Portsmouth had only 4 three axle trolleybuses numbered 12-15 (later 212-215) - 2 AEC 663T and 2 Sunbeam MS3 with one each English Electric and Metro Cammell H32/28R bodies, so no 2 were alike, added to which they all had differing electrical equipment.
In late 1940 all 4 were considered surplus to requirements and placed in open storage on waste ground by Northern Parade. Negotiations took place with Nottingham Corporation who were looking for second-hand trolleybuses for their fleet and in November 1940 Nottingham's Transport Committee agreed their purchase for 3,885. After a delay (during which Portsmouth suffered a major air raid which stopped trolleybus services) Portsmouth decided that they could not be spared after all. Nevertheless all 4 were loaned to Pontypridd UDC, being towed there in August 1942, not being returned until after the war ended in 1945/46. Portsmouth 213 RV4659 Sunbeam MS3/English Electric is seen here at Cosham Compound in April 1949. It remained licenced until until 31 August 1949, being stored until it was officially withdrawn on 21st April 1953, and sold for scrap for 40 the following January. At some point after its return from Pontypridd the drivers windscreen (and sighting window) have been replaced by a deeper unit and the nearside screen has been replaced with a (deeper) single fixed pane.

Photo taken by the late Roy Brown (the late Roger Janes Collection), April 1949, Cosham Compound

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