Now available online from .
Intro . . . We've
developed a CD-ROM that includes details of all trolleybuses built in the UK
between 1909 and 1999. That's now 853 records, covering 8,513
If you'd like information about the CD, please
News . . . 5/4/14
It's been a while but the British Trolleybus Database CD has been thoroughly revamped, updated and re-written in 32/64 bit code so as to run on Windows Vista, 7 and 8. It also still runs on XP.
Here's the full version history -
Version 3, build 310314.
- conversion from 16bit to 32bit
- UI revisions to better enable use of larger fonts
- visual elements conformed
- inclusion of thumnail alternative image where available
- zoom facility added
- antialiasing of all images, including in Gallery view
- better labelling of switches
- company logos rationalised to include all applicable
- rebuilt graphing system with cursor labelling
- revised graph integration into search and sort functions
- debugged comparison graph algorithms
- revised selection functions
- greater functional interoperatability
- fuller integration of exported vehicles
- updated company information
- added second system maps
- library primary search revised
- library secondary search added
- highlighting added to grids
- all tables revised and updated
- revised font selection to Windows 7 standard
- all panels redrawn
- report printing rebuilt
- screen printing revised
- help system maintained
- Paradox table repair utility added
- new installation utility
- minor bug fixes
- error handling corrected
- antialiasing disabled if system ram less than 1gb
1611 image total
758 alternative images
836 new or replacement images
News . . . 1/12/12
An amazing encyclopeadic book about trolleybus minatures is available to buy online from Trolleybooks
News . . . 1/7/12
The British Trolleybus Database CD is available to buy online from Trolleybooks
Archive News . . .
Preserved London Trolleybus
The race to get ELB 796 ready for 2012 has started
If you'd like to campaign for the re-introduction of Trolleybuses in the UK, there's a petition you can sign at -
Work to add a second picture to each trolleybus record of the CD continues. Especially useful for seeing how some particuarly longlived trolleybuses were 'revamped' in later life. There's now a second switch under each picture if a second picture is available - quite a few trolleybuses however, don't seem to have been photographed more than once, especially additional orders that were virtually identical to a first batch.
Book News . .
.Alan Murray's celebration of the centenary of British trolleybus introduction into service is now out.
And Keith Farrow's long awaited Londonn Trolleybus wiring has finally made it into print.
David Bowler's "Nottingham Trolleybuses" is now
published. This definitive history is available in hardback, with 340 pages, 400
carefully researched illustrations and up to 40 plans and diagrams that fully
document one of Britain's more colourful systems. Publisher - Trolleybooks, the
publishing panel of the British Trolleybus Society and the National Trolleybus
Association. Orders can be placed at:
Very many thanks to -
John Whitehead of the British Trolleybus Society for providing access to his and
others records of British trolleybuses. John is regarded as the historical authority on British Trolleybuses within the BTS and in wider circles. Although no 'new' trolleys have been
found, the CD now has had many detailed gaps filled, giving a much more complete
picture of technological progress through the 90 years of trolleybus
But the new data throws up more questions!
Does anyone have
pictures of the AEC 661T that went to Shanghai in 1937?
Or details of the BUT
that went to Madrid in 1951?
Bradley has opened an 'appeals' page from trolleybus historians wanting help at
the publication of the World Trolleybus Encyclopeadia, there's been a few corrections
to the database, including a few obscure buses converted to
Bruce Lake of Sandtoft Transport Centre now has a web site
CD of British Trolleybuses now includes a button for exports - it's the blue
coat-of-arms on the screen
shot. Want to know more? Here's where to
There's also a new, printable report included on the CD that formats all 844+ pictures
and full details, printing it takes just 138 A4 pages! Here's what it looks
Trolleycoaches for London- A lot has been going on - try the London Tbus campaign pages if you live in
London and feel strongly about trolleybuses!
If you'd like to join the
campaign to bring 'trolleycoaches' back to London, then get in touch or join the egroup There's also a new
trolleybus email group if
you'd like to take part.
With a transport revolution promised by the
government, here's a contribution - the future of the
Want to make a comment?
The National Trolleybus
Association website wants your input.
In a major upgrade, the CD of
British Trolleybuses now includes all 2144 British trolleybuses that were
exported to the four corners of the globe between 1912 and 1980. Plus 1024x768
compatibilty - manufacturer logos, operator coat-of-arms and previews of the
next and previous trolleybuses all on-screen. Here's a screen shot. Want to
know more? Then here's where
Extra - If you fancy giving your browser the
look of electrical nostalgia, then try NeoPlanet with a
The title picture is of Wolverhampton's Cleveland Road Depot in
1929 - specially coloured for use as a computer wallpaper image available here
in 800x600 or 1024x768 sizes. The CD-Rom
now includes desktop themes based on 1930's trolleybus imagery - see a preview here.
got too many icons on your desktop, try Launchkaos and then download
Recent developments The first of a series of
articles on trolleybus history - click the history button on the left.
If you'd like to contribute an article, please email
added the list of all known UK preserved trolleybuses, click the preserved button on the
Just to add to the UK fleet list, here's as list of British Trolleybus
Available - Download a copy of the FREE
interactive demonstration disk - just hit
Now available . .
. A list of all UK trolleybuses, not in the detail that's on the
CD, and it takes an age to load (time enough to put the kettle on), but it's
complete! Here's the UK
trolleybus fleet list
Wanted . .
. Please get in
if you have detailed information on British trolleybuses or have ideas about
where to look. One or two 'trackless' seem never to have been photographed or is
it just our sources . . . ? Here's our problem list of 'unpictured'
trolleybuses, with original fleet numbers, -
|Cleethorpes, nos.60-2 (identical to
||Doncaster no.31 (Bristol)
||Grimsby nos.6,7 (Garretts)
(identical to 21)
||Nottingham nos.455-8 (identical to
||West Hartlepool nos. 5-6
Missing pictures of exported
trolleybuses include -
|Coimbra, BUT's delivered 1954 and
||Johannesburg, 23-30, AEC,
||Johannesburg, 31-8, Sunbeams,
Coming up . . .
This month's picture is of
Nottingham 34, one of 13 Ransomes delivered in 1931-2. This screenshot of the
CD database, is designed to fit a 640x480 or a 800x600 screen (photographic
reproduction is much better at 800x600) and run under Windows 3x,9x or XP for
maximum backwards compatibilty. At 1024x768 resolution there's more information.
The buttons across the top navigate through the records, give access to all
chassis makers, electrics suppliers, body builders and operators, allow
searches, sort by various criteria, see the database as a table, print reports,
see statistics and let you change fonts and colours.There's a picture gallery
and a notepad for comments. Each picture has a caption that not only gives
details, but also gives extensive book references.
Requests . . . If you're a
regular viewer, you'll have noticed we're changing the trolleybus about once a
month, so bookmark this site! If you've got a request for a particular
trolleybus, then just ask!
Now available . . . We've produced
a disk based demonstration presentation that's available free . . . . . If you'd
like to try the demo, please get in or
can slomail to Ashley Bruce, 156 High Street, Bildeston, Ipswich IP7 7EF.The
database is now at 230+mb, which is why we think it's best supplied as a cd!
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