Nannying - Bradford and Trolleys and Buses 1960-1975, by Stan Ledgard
Published by Bobtail Press in 2007, 60 pages. A5 size booklet (N5204)
Stan Ledgard worked on the Trolleybuses in Bradford for many years (he was based at the Duckworth Lane depot), and in this fascinating booklet he collects together around 100 black and white photographs taken of vehicles working in the city (There are generally two photographs per page). All the photographs were taken between 1960 and 1975, 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:
Outbound services ran via Grattan Road and New John Street - here with Leyland 63 on route (8)
846 heads along Thornton Road, over the crossing which will soon be connected for (45/46) trolleys to use Prince's Way. White string marks the route
710 on tour. The short back street opposite Grattan Road provided a convenient unwired link from Listerhills to Thornton Road. '29 Chelmsford Road' which 710 shows, was a short working on the Bradford Moor route.
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 here is a selection of previously unpublished photographs, of the city centre which has mostly vanished and the of the suburbs where time has (almost) stood still.
This volume covers the final fifteen years or so of Bradford City Transport, plus a peek into WYPTE days. During part of this time I worked on the trolleys.
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.