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Barcelona 1956: Trolleybuses


There were single-deck trolleybuses. There were old trolleybuses, appearing to be of the same vintage as London's "diddlers" or even earlier. These were neither left-hand drive nor right-hand drive, since the driver sat in the middle. And there were modern double-deck trolleybuses. But most amazing of all, there was a non-passenger trolley vehicle. Perhaps it should be called "trolleyvan" or "trolleytruck". It had an interesting history, described below. In addition, some trolleybuses also had a later history:  see  photos of re-bodied 610

I would like to thank several people for sending me information about many of these pictures. Each person's contribution is flagged with a digit in brackets.

  • Sr. Albert Gonzalez (Barcelona) [2]
  • Sr. Ariño Plancheria (Barcelona)[8]

Comments/corrections to: Dewi Williams

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Single-deck trolleybus no. 569 on FL route, P. de Tetuan, Barcelona 
 Photographed on  1956-08-28
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Older centre-cab trolleybus on route FP, Barcelona 
 Photographed on  1956-08-28
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Barcelona: older model double-deck trolleybus. Not left-hand drive, not right-hand drive, but the driver sits in the centre. 
 Photographed on  1956-08-28
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Then-new double-deck trolleybus no. 620 on route FD and trolleybus 610 on route FC at the terminus, Barcelona. [8] These were of a class of 27 chassis model 9651 made by BUT in England with bodies built in Barcelona by Material y Construcciones. In 1964 they were re-bodied as single deck. In 1968, 24 of them were sold to SALTUV of Valencia. When that line closed they were sold to Pontevedra to replace the Q1 ex- London Transport. At the present time only one exists: the 610/102 shown here. It is now the property of the Associacio d'Amics del Ferrocarril de Barcelona. It was displayed on Diagonal in Barcelona in September 2002. [Photos of re-bodied 610]
 Photographed on  1956-08-28
 
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Electric trolley-van no. 25, Barcelona. [8] Its origin was a Tilling Stevens chassis acquired by the Sociedad General de Autobuses de Madrid. When that company folded it was bought by the Compañía General de Autobuses (CGA) which then had 64 Tillings, double-deck type TS3X, single-deck type TS3 most modern type TS7. CGA used some of the Madrid Tilling chasses and built its own bodies as marque CGA España , comprising serial numbers 201 to 244. In 1941 no. 204 was transformed into a trolley-truck and re-bodied as number 25. When the trolleybus network closed in Barcelona, the 25 went to Valencia to Saltuv as
nº 911 then finished its days in Pontevedra as nº 0. It was scrapped in 1990 with the ending of trolleybuses in the Galician city.
 Photographed on  1956-08-28
 
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Electric trolley-van no. 25, Barcelona 
 Photographed on  1956-08-28

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