The Second Generation Dmus, by Marsden, Colin J.
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- ISBN: 9780860936244 | 0860936244
- Cover: Hardcover
- Copyright: 1/8/2009
The story of the Manchester trolleybus network is unusual. The city's Transport Department did not want trolleybuses and strenuously resisted their introduction but when forced to do so, gave the city a system of the highest quality. Joint operator Ashton-under-Lyne often found itself swept along in Manchester's wake. In complete contrast, the other transport undertaking involved, the Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley and Dukinfield Transport and Electricity Board wanted to operate trolleybuses but never managed to do so. The war caused major changes to Manchester's plans, bringing trolleybuses to places that not even their most enthusiastic supporters had envisaged. The vehicle fleet, too, was unusual. The City Council's policy of supporting local industry caused the Transport Department to buy most of its buses from Gorton-based Crossley Motors which employed many local people, as did its much larger parent company, Crossley Brothers Ltd. Ashton followed suit but no other trolleybus operator had a large fleet of Crossleys.The fascinating story is told by respected authors Chris Heaps and Michael Eyre. Illustrated with a wealth of colour and black and white photographs, route maps and comprehensive fleet and service details, it is an enjoyable read which will bring back many memories not only of the trolleybuses but also of the city's streets and suburbs.