SCT '61 Photo Index
Hastings and District
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1. DY4953
A very early shot of pioneering trolleybuses in Hastings. The system opened in 1928 using a fleet of Guy trolleybuses. Eight of these were Dodson bodied open top open staircase double deckers which were the only new build open top trolleybuses built. The rest of the fleet were centre entrance saloons with Ransome Sims and Jeffries bodywork. Both vehicles were on Guy BTX chassis The double decker is 1, DY4953, while the saloon is 22, DY5124.
Photo taken late 1920s, Silverhill, Hastings
2. DY4965
Hastings & District trolleybus 'Happy Harold', DY4965
Photo taken June 1953, Hastings
3. DY4965
Rear view of Hastings & District trolleybus 'Happy Harold', DY4965
Photo taken June 1953, Hastings
4. DY4965
Hastings & District trolleybus 'Happy Harold', DY4965
Photo taken June 1953, Silverhill Depot, Hastings
5. DY4965
Hastings & District trolleybus 'Happy Harold', DY4965
Photo taken June 1953, Hastings
6. DY5458
Former Hastings Tramways trolleybus 45, DY5458, a Guy BTX with Ransomes, Sims & Jeffries B32C body, new in 1929.
Photo taken Tuesday 14 July 1970, Hastings Bus Station
7. DY5458
Former Hastings Tramways trolleybus 45, DY5458, a Guy BTX with Ransomes, Sims & Jeffries B32C body, new in 1929. The Hastings trolleybus system was taken over by Maidstone & District in 1935, and was closed down in 1959. 45 was at some point converted to an M&D enquiry and booking office for use in Hastings Bus Station, where it is seen here in 1970.
Photo taken Tuesday 14 July 1970, Hastings Bus Station
8. BDY783
BDY783, new in 1940 as Hastings & District 8, an A.E.C. 661T with a Weymann H28/26R body, had become Maidstone & District 8 in October 1957. 1-10 were Weymann bodied whilst 11-20 had Park Royal bodies.
Photo taken Saturday 21 February 1959, Cambridge Road, Hastings
9. BDY789
New in 1940 as Hastings & District 14, an A.E.C. 661T with a Park Royal H28/26R body, BDY789 had become Maidstone & District 14 in October 1957. It has been suggested, but not confirmed, that these were built using Weymann frames. 1-10 were Weymann bodied whilst 11-20 had Park Royal bodies.
Photo taken Saturday 21 February 1959, Havelock Road, Hastings
10. BDY796
New in 1946 as Hastings & District 21, a Sunbeam W with a Park Royal H30/26R body, BDY796 had become Maidstone & District 21 in October 1957. It was the first of ten new that year.
Photo taken Saturday 21 February 1959, Cambridge Road, Hastings
11. BDY807
Maidstone 85, BDY807, a Sunbeam W with Weymann H56R body. New in 1947 to Hastings and District, passed to Maidstone and District and sold to the Corporation in 1959 when the Hastings system closed.
Photo taken Saturday 23 October 1965, Upper Stone Street, Maidstone
12. BDY809
Former Hastings trolley 34, BDY809, seen here under restoration at the EATM. BDY809, a Sunbeam W with Weymann H56R body new in 1947 was the last trolley to run at Hastings in May 1959 and was then sold to Maidstone Corporation.
Photo taken Sunday 11 September 2011, East Anglia Transport Museum, Carlton Colville
13. BDY809
Maidstone 86, BDY809, Sunbeam W with Weymann H56R body.
Photo taken Friday 21 August 1964, Mill Street, Maidstone
14. BDY818
Rear view of Maidstone 89, BDY818, Sunbeam W with Weymann H56R body.
Photo taken Saturday 23 October 1965, Bishops Way, Maidstone
15. BDY818
Maidstone 89, BDY818, Sunbeam W with Weymann H56R body.
Photo taken Saturday 23 October 1965, Bishops Way, Maidstone
16. BDY819
Hastings Tramways trolleybus 44, BDY819, was a Sunbeam W with Weymann H56R body photographed on a very wet July day.
Photo taken Tuesday 24 July 1951, Cornwallis Terrace, Hastings
17. BDY817
New in 1948 as Hastings & District 42, BDY817, a Sunbeam W with a Weymann H30/26R body, had become Maidstone & District 42 in October 1957. It was one of five new that year.
Photo taken Saturday 21 February 1959, Havelock Road, Hastings