Early Turn - Bradford and Trolleybuses 1960-1972, by Stan Ledgard
Published by Bobtail Press in 2006, 64 pages. A5 size booklet (N5200)
Stan Ledgard worked on the Trolleybuses in Bradford for many years, and in this fascinating booklet he collects together around 100 black and white photographs he took of vehicles working in the city (There are generally two photographs per page). All the photographs were taken between 1960 and 1972, and have captions describing what is seen. A few of the captions are given below to provide an idea of the sorts of photographs included in the booklet:
Rare visitor 780 speeds down Whetley Hill, 842 corners carefully behind.
793 pulls in to the stop opposite Cobden Street.
Off peak would often find two trolleys at Thornton terminus. 735 is just leaving
From the introduction: Bradford was the first and last trolleybus operator in Britain. Much has been written about the history so repition is unnecessary... here is a selection of previously unpublished photographs, of the city centre which has mostly vanished and the of the suburbs where time has (almost) stood still.
The period is roughly the last 10 years of trolleybus operation, during part of which period I worked on the trolleys, based at Duckworth Lane depot. This booklet is mostly concerned with the routes covered from this depot.
Amongst the staff was a great sense of camaraderie... when I finally left the job it was with regret, and for many years afterwards I maintained contact with fellow crew members and shed staff. All photos in this booklet were taken by the author.