Split Turn - Bradford and Trolleybuses 1960-1972, by Stan Ledgard
Published by Bobtail Press in 2006, 64 pages. A5 size booklet (N5202)
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 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:
At Thornbury, 801 pulls in to the barrier for city whilst 710 (on hire and showing Crossflatts) circles the roundabout back to Leeds Old Road
Coming into Rawson Square along North Parade, 764 appears to have taken the wires for Upper Piccadilly rather than John Street
60 (745) leaves Bowling yard via Foundry Street. To her left is an AEC Mark V in Bowling depot yard
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 here is a selection of previously unpublished photographs, of the city centre which has mostly vanished and the of the suburbs where time has (almost) stood still.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 ten years of trolleybus operation, during part of which period I worked on the trolleys, based at Duckworth Lane depot. This booklet depicts a variety of locations, characters and occurances around the Bradford trolleybus system.
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.