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The South Shields trolleybus system once served the town of South Shields, then in County Durham, but now in Tyne and Wear, England. Opened on 12 October 1936 (1936-10-12),[1] it gradually replaced the South Shields Corporation Tramways.

South Shields
trolleybus system
LocaleSouth Shields, County Durham, England
Open12 October 1936 (1936-10-12)
Close29 April 1964 (1964-04-29)
Operator(s)South Shields Corporation Transport
Stock61 (maximum)

By the standards of the various now defunct trolleybus systems in the United Kingdom, the South Shields system was a medium-sized one, with a total of 11 routes, and a maximum fleet of 61 trolleybuses.[1] It was closed on 29 April 1964 (1964-04-29).[1]

One of the former South Shields trolleybuses is now preserved, at the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft, Lincolnshire.[2]


See alsoEdit



  1. ^ a b c Short, Peter. "Former UK systems". British Trolleybus Society. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
  2. ^ Zebedee, John (30 November 2010). "A List of Preserved Trolleybuses in the UK". British Trolleybus Society. Retrieved 19 April 2011.

Further readingEdit

  • Burrows, Geoff (1976). The Trolleybuses of South Shields, 1936-64. Strood, Kent, UK: Trolleybooks. ISBN 0-904235-04-1.
  • Lockwood, Stephen (2007). South Shields Trolleybuses. Midhurst, West Sussex, UK: Middleton Press. ISBN 978-1-906008-11-6.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Buses in South Shields at Wikimedia Commons