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Offline DaveTheTrain

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Re: 50 years since the end of Maidstone's trolleybuses
« Reply #16 on: April 20, 2017, 21:16:46 »
mikeb. As I was born in April, 1930, I must have been mistaken- strange though, I can almost hear the rattle! Maybe it was an open top bus but that wouldn't have rattled? Dave the Train. I haven't been back for very many years. Is the Co-op still in the High Street - on LH side looking at the railway station? It was by far the biggest store & I was always fascinated by the money being sent on overhead wires to the central kiosk. Sorry, I'm off thread so better not go any further or I will be chastised!

Not anymore Dave Smith, it became a Wilco about 8 years ago.  It was always a great shop.  As an aside there is an intact cash overhead shuttle at the Crich Tramway Museum in the shop, all set up.  I had to explain to my  daughter what it was. 

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Re: 50 years since the end of Maidstone's trolleybuses
« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2017, 21:13:04 »
mikeb. As I was born in April, 1930, I must have been mistaken- strange though, I can almost hear the rattle! Maybe it was an open top bus but that wouldn't have rattled? Dave the Train. I haven't been back for very many years. Is the Co-Op still in the High Street- on LH side looking at the rlway station? It was by far the biggest store & I was always fascinated by the money being sent on overhead wires to the central kiosk.Sorry, I'm off thread so better not go any further or I will be chastised!

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Re: 50 years since the end of Maidstone's trolleybuses
« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2017, 17:36:13 »
Picture gallery of Maidstone trolley buses.
http://www.trolleybus.net/m1.htm

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Re: 50 years since the end of Maidstone's trolleybuses
« Reply #13 on: April 19, 2017, 16:07:35 »
Back in 1962/3 I used to catch the train from Strood to Maidstone West and then the Barming Trolley Bus, walk down the hill to Teston bridge from it`s terminus and go fishing.

I was just 14yrs then .....never caught anything, just liked being free to roam.

Trolley Bus just entering Lower Stone Street from Gabriels Hill.....they used to fly down there.

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Re: 50 years since the end of Maidstone's trolleybuses
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2017, 19:35:44 »
Is my memory not so good, or did M&D operate trams in Gillingham in the 30's? I'm sure I travelled along the High Street on the top ( open) deck when I was small.
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I would love to be able to have seen some of the things you must have seen Dave Smith,  the Medway Towns during the 1930/40s must have been fascinating.   The transport, dockyard and rapid social changes.

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Re: 50 years since the end of Maidstone's trolleybuses
« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2017, 18:27:03 »
We should have stuck with Trolleybuses for the simple reason of No Pollution!
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... or strictly speaking, pollution moved to wherever they make the electricity.
But yes, removing the diesel fumes from the streets would be great. And why do so many buses seem to have exhaust pipes pointing at the pavement instead of away from it?

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Re: 50 years since the end of Maidstone's trolleybuses
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2017, 14:13:26 »
You could quite possibly have travelled on an open top tram in Gillingham Dave, but they were replaced by buses in Sept. 1930. The trams were operated by Chatham & District Light Railway Co which sold out to M&D in 1927, (the local councils having refused to do so themselves!).

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Re: 50 years since the end of Maidstone's trolleybuses
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2017, 14:01:19 »
Is my memory not so good, or did M&D operate trams in Gillingham in the 30's? I'm sure I travelled along the High Street on the top ( open) deck when I was small.

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Re: 50 years since the end of Maidstone's trolleybuses
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2017, 09:48:21 »
M&D only operated trolleys in Hastings & Bexhill following the absorption of Hastings Tramways in 1935. The Hastings system changed to bus operation I think in 1957.
Some nice clips of Gillingham Depot in this link as well, thanks conan.

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Re: 50 years since the end of Maidstone's trolleybuses
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2017, 07:58:58 »
But where are all the people and the traffic?

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Re: 50 years since the end of Maidstone's trolleybuses
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2017, 22:06:52 »
We should have stuck with Trolleybuses for the simple reason of No Pollution!
Thanks for the Links conan.
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Re: 50 years since the end of Maidstone's trolleybuses
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2017, 19:53:34 »
There's some footage here of the last trolley bus to run in Maidstone,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcrdkd0OCHw

and some footage of M&D trolleys running in various parts of Kent

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKA50V1iVlU
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Re: 50 years since the end of Maidstone's trolleybuses
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2017, 19:36:55 »
I always remember the maze of overhead power line pairs above the junctions outside the bus depot opposite the Rootes Garage . Was disappointed as we used to get a normal bus to Headcorn. I always wanted to go on the trolley buses but never did.

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Re: 50 years since the end of Maidstone's trolleybuses
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2017, 19:01:26 »
Riding on that one today, it was noticeable that the only vibration was from the slightly dodgy road surface. Otherwise very smooth to accelerate.
There are modern ones in service all over the place outside the UK.

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Re: 50 years since the end of Maidstone's trolleybuses
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2017, 18:58:54 »
There is one at the East Anglia Transport museum near Lowestoft. They have a 1953 BUT with a Weyman body. I do like the trolley buses, can't abide normal ones.
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