Thursday, 17 November 2016

Trolleybus Museum, Sandtoft in North Lincolnshire. (First of a lot!)

A general look around the museum site and some of the busses.

We visited the Trolleybus Museum on it's biggest event of the year, "The Gathering", when trolleybuses + motor busses from all over the country gather for one weekend at Sandtoft.

"A trolleybus (also known as trolley bus, trolley coach, trackless trolley, trackless tram [in early years][1] or trolley[2][3]) is an electric bus that draws power from overhead wires (generally suspended from roadside posts) using spring-loaded trolley poles. Two wires and poles are required to complete the electrical circuit. This differs from a tram or streetcar, which normally uses the track as the return path, needing only one wire and one pole (or pantograph). They are also distinct from other kinds of electric buses, which usually rely on batteries. Power is most commonly supplied as 600-volt direct current, but there have been, and are, exceptions."

The above information courtesy of Wikipedia.

A view showing the overhead wires which supply the electricity to drive the busses.

When I was growing up in Cleethorpes in the 1950's there was a network of trolleybuses.