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Re: 50 years since the end of Maidstone's trolleybuses
« Reply #29 on: May 18, 2017, 22:24:50 »
Not sure, but don't think so.  I do not think it was Nu Venture.
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Re: 50 years since the end of Maidstone's trolleybuses
« Reply #28 on: May 18, 2017, 19:20:31 »
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« Reply #27 on: May 18, 2017, 17:19:15 »
 :)Thank you.

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Re: 50 years since the end of Maidstone's trolleybuses
« Reply #26 on: May 18, 2017, 16:07:17 »
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Digressing slightly if I may,  I was in Chatham this morning travelling along Dock Road, when I saw a 'new' type double-decker bus going in the opposite direction that was liveried in green/brown with, I think, M&D titling on the side.  As it was only a very brief sighting, I did not see what was on the destination board.  Has this been painted for some special occasion.
I suspect that you saw a bus belonging to New Venture which has been painted in a retro version of Chatham & Districts, green, cream & brown. It has the C&D name on the side.

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Re: 50 years since the end of Maidstone's trolleybuses
« Reply #25 on: May 18, 2017, 16:01:35 »
I have seen this one a few times. It doesn't seem to be for a special occasion but I can't for the life of me remember what location it goes to. Will have a look next time I go to Chatham. I was surprised to see the old colours when I first saw it.
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Re: 50 years since the end of Maidstone's trolleybuses
« Reply #24 on: May 18, 2017, 14:04:17 »
Digressing slightly if I may,  I was in Chatham this morning travelling along Dock Road, when I saw a 'new' type double-decker bus going in the opposite direction that was liveried in green/brown with, I think, M&D titling on the side.  As it was only a very brief sighting, I did not see what was on the destination board.  Has this been painted for some special occasion.

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Re: 50 years since the end of Maidstone's trolleybuses
« Reply #23 on: May 17, 2017, 18:57:37 »
Thanks for that smiffy. At least it's good to know that I can at least remember some things from when I was only 3 years old!

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Re: 50 years since the end of Maidstone's trolleybuses
« Reply #22 on: May 16, 2017, 20:51:19 »
Sorry, Oxlade - I think your memory is definitely playing tricks! Medway never had trolley buses, only trams and they were withdrawn in 1930.

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Re: 50 years since the end of Maidstone's trolleybuses
« Reply #21 on: May 15, 2017, 14:32:00 »
Interesting to see mention of trolley buses. I'm not sure if my memory is playing tricks on me (again) but I'm sure I remember trolley buses in Chatham (Star Hill in particular springs to mind) in what was probably the late 1950's.  Any ideas as to when they were withdrawn on the M&D services?  I lived in London until I was about 3 years old so I may be thinking of those earlier days...

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Re: 50 years since the end of Maidstone's trolleybuses
« Reply #20 on: May 09, 2017, 14:16:14 »
If anyone's interested, you can actually BUY die-cast models from Corgi of the Maidstone Trolley Buses.

Here are some pictures I've found of the model:

http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/V6IAAOSwFdtXxwno/s-l300.jpg

https://www.picclickimg.com/d/l400/pict/272108178515_/Corgi-40101-Weymann-Trolleybus-Maidstone-Corporation-Transport.jpg

http://www.bradfordtrolleybusassociation.co.uk/images/sales_items/Maidstone%20Corporation%20Weyman%20Trolleybus%2040101.jpg

A few years ago I actually brought one of these models for my father as a gift, due to his connections with Maidstone and these Trolley Buses when he was a child.

By the looks of it you can still buy these models online and in model shops, if you know where to look.  :)

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Re: 50 years since the end of Maidstone's trolleybuses
« Reply #19 on: April 22, 2017, 17:33:47 »
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As I was born in April, 1930, I must have been mistaken-
Dave, at the risk of wandering off topic too much, M&D bought their last batch of open top buses in 1929 and sold them on to London Transport in 1933. Is it possible you were travelling on one of these through Gillingham?

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Re: 50 years since the end of Maidstone's trolleybuses
« Reply #18 on: April 22, 2017, 15:03:03 »
My father grew up in Maidstone when he was a young child with his family, and he even went to school there.

And he actually remembers these brown Trolley Buses travelling along the streets.  :)

He used to catch them with his school friends to and from school.

As mentioned earlier, The East Anglia Transport Museum, just outside Lowestoft, which has a collection of classic and vintage vehicles on display and they actually have one of these Maidstone Trolleybuses in their collection.  :)

I've found a picture of it, with Barming on the destination:

http://www.omnibus.org.nz/publication/rsheet/aug10_tram.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5531/12108497525_384e634430.jpg

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/bN94rIxOVek/maxresdefault.jpg

I went there when I was on holiday in Norfolk a few years ago, and I actually saw this particular bus, but unfortunately the pictures I took at the time didn't come out too well. :(

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Re: 50 years since the end of Maidstone's trolleybuses
« Reply #17 on: April 21, 2017, 12:00:52 »
Thanks for that DavetheTrain. We went to Crich when I retired 20 years ago but they wanted 30 each to go in - our pension for the week - so we didn't! I can't argue if the trams stopped at the end of 1930 but... I don't remember any details of the "Tram" ride, just being there. I would have thought 2 or 3 year old as I couldn't have been a babe in arms, could I? AND on the top deck!

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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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