Australian Trolleybuses

Several Australian cities, namely Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Launceston, Perth and Sydney once had trolleybus services. All systems have now closed, with the last trolleybus services ceasing operation in 1969. A small number of trolleybuses have been preserved, usually as part of larger museums, such as tramway museums.

The only pictures that I have taken of Australian trolleybuses were either taken at museums or of vehicle bodies purchased for other purposes. Here are some images of Australian trolleybuses for your enjoyment.

Images of Australian Trolleybuses

Brisbane trolleybus

    Brisbane trolleybus number 1 was photographed at the Brisbane Tramway Museum's Depot at Ferny Grove, in suburban Brisbane. This trolleybus has a Sunbeam MF28 chassis and bodywork by local manufacturer Charles Hope Pty Ltd.. It was built in 1951. The Brisbane system grew to approximately 28 km in length, with 36 trolleybuses in service. The Brisbane trolleybuses commenced operation in 1951 and ceased operation in March 1969. Image taken 7 January 2001.

Adelaide trolleybus

    Adelaide trolleybus number 526 was photographed at the Australian Electric Transport Museum at St Kilda in South Australia. This trolleybus has a Sunbeam MF2B chassis and bodywork by local manufacturer J.A. Lawton and Sons. It was built in 1953, and was the last trolleybus to enter service in Adelaide. It last operated on the Adelaide system in 1963. Image taken 10 June 2001.

Adelaide trolleybus

    Adelaide trolleybus number 488 was photographed at the Australian Electric Transport Museum. This trolleybus has a Leyland chassis. The chassis was originally dstined for service in Canton, China, but the outbreak of War meant that it was sold for use in Adelaide. It entered service in 1945, and last operated on the Adelaide system in 1962. Image taken 10 June 2001.

Adelaide trolleybus

    Adelaide trolleybus number 216 was photographed at the Australian Electric Transport Museum. This trolleybus was the first trolleybus built in Australia. It entered service in 1932, on an experimental service between Payneham and Paradise, in Adelaide's north eastern suburbs. This service operated until 1934. 216 was originally built in 1925 as a double deck Garford petrol bus. Image taken 10 June 2001.

Sydney trolleybus

    Sydney three-axle trolleybus number 19 was photographed at the Sydney Tramway Museum in November 2002. Sydney had two separate trolleybus systems, one that ran to Wylde Street, in the Eastern Suburbs, and one based around Kogarah, on the eastern side of Botany Bay, in Sydney's south.

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Last update: 23/11/2003

Acknowledgements: Brisbane Tramway Museum; Dr.J. Radcliffe, "The Tramway Museum, St Kilda S.A." by C.A. Andrews, L.M. Fenner, J.W. Hoffman and R. White