Trolleybuses in Cardiff

The Cardiff trolleybus system once served Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. Opened on 1 March 1942 (1942-03-01),[1][2] it gradually replaced the Cardiff tramway network.

Cardiff trolleybus system
Cardiff Trolleybus in Ely.jpg
Cardiff trolleybus at the Ely estate, 1969
LocaleCardiff, Wales
Open1 March 1942 (1942-03-01)
Close11 January 1970 (1970-01-11)
Operator(s)Cardiff Corporation Transport
Stock79 (maximum)

By the standards of the various now-defunct trolleybus systems in the United Kingdom, the Cardiff system was a medium-sized one, with a total of 14 routes, and a maximum fleet of 79 trolleybuses.[2] It was closed on 11 January 1970 (1970-01-11).[1][2]

Four of the former Cardiff trolleybuses are now preserved. Two of them are at the premises of the Cardiff & South Wales Trolleybus Project in East Cardiff, one is at the National Collections Centre of the National Museum Wales, Nantgarw, and the other one is at the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft, Lincolnshire, England.[3]

See alsoEdit



  1. ^ a b Joyce, J.; King, J. S.; and Newman, A. G. (1986). British Trolleybus Systems. London: Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 0-7110-1647-X.
  2. ^ a b c Short, Peter. "Former UK systems". British Trolleybus Society. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
  3. ^ Zebedee, John (30 November 2010). "A List of Preserved Trolleybuses in the UK". British Trolleybus Society. Retrieved 19 March 2011.

Further readingEdit

  • All Aboard. Cardiff, Wales, UK: Cardiff Bus. 2002.
  • Cardiff Trolleybus System. Cardiff, Wales, UK: Cardiff & South Wales Trolleybus Project. 2002.
  • Bowen, D G (1969). City of Cardiff--68 years of electric transport. Guildford, Surrey, UK: National Trolleybus Association, Publications Dept. ISBN 0-85024-001-8.
  • Bowen, D G; Callow, John (1969). The Cardiff Trolleybus (1942 to 1970). Guildford, Surrey, UK: National Trolleybus Association, Publications Dept. ISBN 0-85024-002-6.
  • Davies, Roger (2006). Streets of Cardiff. Hersham, Surrey, UK: Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7110-3098-5.
  • Lockwood, Stephen (2005). Cardiff Trolleybuses: a capital city system. Midhurst, West Sussex, UK: Middleton Press. ISBN 978-1-904474-64-7.
  • Watts, John (2002). Air Despatch & Bruce Coachworks of Cardiff. Cardiff, Wales, UK: Cardiff Transport Preservation Group.

External linksEdit

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