Meetings

Regular meetings are held in London on trolleybus operation and history. Non-members are sure of a friendly welcome. Refreshments available. There is a small charge to defray costs. The venue, usually, is Keen House, 4 Calshot Street, N1 (near Kings Cross underground station). Meetings start at 19.00 hours. Meetings organiser: John Parkin, 59 Beechwood Court, West Street Lane, Carshalton, SM5 2QA. 020 8773 0048. Trolleybus654@aol.com  
15 November  UK Trolleybus systems in the 1960s - Dave Pearson
20 December  Trolleybuses of the former Soviet Central Asian republics - Mike Russell
17 January  15 towns and 15 pictures - Jeff Tucker
21 February  European Systems, relatively early visits - Francis Whitehead
21 March  Some of the Last British Trolleybus systems, plus Q1s in Spain - Jim Blake
18 April  Trolleybuses and Tickets - Colin Page
21 May (Monday)  Joint Trolleybus meeting with London Omnibus Traction Society, Conway Halls, Holborn
20 June  Systems that closed in 1968, including Belfast, Reading and Huddersfield - Martin Eady
 
NTA members are also invited to the meetings of the British Trolleybus Society, held at the Reading Oddfellows Hall, Oxford Road, Reading (next to Holy Trinity Church). Meetings start at 19.30 hours  
3 November  Reading's Transport during and after WW2 - Ray Smith and John Whitehead
1 December  Biennial Auction - transport related items for sale
5 January  Trams and trolleybuses in North Africa, 1974-2014 - Mike Russell
NTA members are also invited to the meetings of the Bradford Trolleybus Association, held at the Midland Hotel, Forster Square, Bradford every second Friday of the month. Meetings start at 19.30 hours  
10 November  Paul Wooding
8 December  Tony Wilson
 
 

Our speaker in October 2014 was the BBC newsreader Nicholas Owen, who has had a long time interest in railways and trolleybuses. Nicholas told us of how he wanted to do a story for the Daily Telegraph on the remaining trolleybuses, and that he had travelled on these vehicles in his childhood. He chatted to trolleybus crews and passengers in Bradford to help with his book. Following this story he was invited by the publishers David and Charles to write "The History of the British Trolleybus" which he did in 1974, thus he spoke to our Association on the fortieth anniversary of its publication. This proved to be an entertaining evening. John Parkin.