Trolleybus Gallery

Photo © Ken Aveyard. Please do not re-post without permission.

The lettering says it all. On Sunday 26 March 1972 Bradford 844, FWX914, performed the final journeys carrying the civic party to close the Bradford trolleybus system.
As was well documented at the time the miners strike had seen trolleybuses suspended in early 1972 and only the determination of all involved ensured that trolleybuses resumed in March so the final swansong could occur. Unfortunately this situation meant that the orginal intention to fully repaint a genuine Bradford vehicle for the closure was vetoed and 844 which had been repainted in 1971, the last trolleybus so treated, was cleaned and lettered at the last minute once the resumption of power was assured.
It is seen approaching Thornbury works with the depot in the background followed by a tower wagon which had accompanied it thoughout the run.
Having left Thornbury at 1440 and collected the civic party at the Town Hall at 1455 the last tour had departed the Odeon in Thornton Road at 1500 and travelled via Thornton, Squire Lane, Duckworth Lane, City Centre and Leeds Road to Thornbury for 1615. I was fortunate to be given a photocopy of the driver's (Frederick L Kelly) running board after the event by friends working at BCT.

Photo taken by Ken Aveyard, Sunday 26 March 1972, Leeds Road, Thornbury, Bradford

©1972-2019 Ken Aveyard All Rights Reserved.
You're welcome to print these pages for personal use only or to link to them as long as it's not for financial gain. Photos may not be re-posted anywhere (including facebook, flickr and fotopic sites) without permission. See the Site Map for further details.

Show this photo as ...
Higher Resolution
Grey Scale
Trolleybus Gallery ...
View Gallery Previous Photo Next Photo
Bradford Corporation ...
Fleet Photo Index

Photo ref: bf844d. Page and photo added March 2015
Cookie policy