Show Up - Bradford Trolleys and Buses 1960-1975, by Stan Ledgard
Published by Bobtail Press in 2007, 60 pages. A5 size booklet (N5201)
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 1975, and have captions describing what is seen. A couple of the captions are given below to provide an idea of the sorts of photographs included in the booklet:
Sporting her temporary livery, 143 ascends Bakerend Road rowards bradford Moor, passing the recently denuded traction poles. Its obviously wash day for the residents of the back-to-backs which line the road.
778 reaches the top of St Enoch's Road, heading for Buttershaw
At the junction of Thornton Road and Whetley Road, Girlington, 729 from Thornton coasts across followed by a West Yorkshire on the (67) Keighley-Bradford express service
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 here is a selection of previously unpublished photographs, of the city centre which has mostly vanished and the of the suburbs where time has (almost) stood still.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, and during part of this time I worked 'on the buses'. 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, except for those on page 17.