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DP-OLDBDC-01 - I usually came by train (complete with bicycle) to Derby when I was
photographing trolleybuses and this would usually be my first sight: a
trolleybus hurrying to or from the town centre along London Road.
DP-OLDBDC-02 the Tour bus outside the old Derby station.
DP-OLDBDC-03 one of the Willowbrook-bodied examples awaiting departure from the
DP-OLDBDC-04 the Tour bus using the passing loop in the overhead at the same
DP-OLDBDC-05 On the Cornmarket - note the sign for Offiler's Ales on the pub.
DP-OLDBDC-06 One of the Roe-bodied examples heading through the traffic onto St
DP-OLDBDC-07 Heading past The Spot.
DP-OLDBDC-08 an "out of service" vehicle (note no destination showing) heading
past the end of Midland Road, the site of a full double-track
triangular junction in the overhead..............
DP-OLDBDC-09 .................... and a service vehicle making a left out of
Midland Road at the same spot.
DP-OLDBDC-10 Down in Alvaston, a trolleybus heads back for town.
DP-OLDBDC-11 the Tour bus outside the Blue Peter at Alvaston, where there was a "trolleybus only" section of road, separate from the island.
DP-OLDBDC-12 Sometimes on tours, we wanted to take a short cut where there
wasn't a direct connection in the overhead. Fortunately, there were
enough of us to do this!
DP-OLDBDC-13 230 on the tour, I think at Victory Road turning loop.
DP-OLDBDC-14 At The Mitre island, there was a complete circuit of wiring so
arranged that to make a left turn, it was necessary to do
one-and-a-quarter circuits of the island, with the conductor pulling
each of the had pulls on the central pole in turn to operate each frog
(overhead point) in turn.
DP-OLDBDC-15 Coming up Balaclava Road, about to make the left onto Ossie Park
Road - Sinfin trolleybuses would have carried straight on.
DP-OLDBDC-19 A vehicle approaches Normanton Barracks from the opposite
direction. (this image makes more sense here than in the numerical
DP-OLDBDC-16 I wonder why they've all stopped?
DP-OLDBDC-17 Aha! The overhead line gang have come out for an emergency repair,
holding up the service. Though Derby's overhead was regarded by some
as being tatty , untidy and " bit loose", it actually stood up to the
day-to-day rigours of operation fairly well - perhaps the flexibility
helped to limit the damage. Note the motor cycle copper with his
old-style helmet directing traffic.
DP-OLDBDC-18 Batting down Ossie Park Road, near the other end of Nightingale
DP-OLDBDC-20 The driver of 236 retrieves an errant trolley pole whilst his ducky looks on.
DP-OLDBDC-21 View looking down on Friar gate from Friar gate railway bridge.
DP-OLDBDC-22 An unusual view looking down on trolleybus taken from Friar gate railway bridge.
DP-OLDBDC-23 View of Trolley bus under Friar gate railway bridge heading towards town.
DP-OLDBDC-24 The Esso filling station's still there, the island too (though
rather larger than in this picture) but the pub's now a McDonald's!
242 is bound for town from Morden Green (Prince Charles Avenue)
DP-OLDBDC-25 Another town-bound trolley in Ashbourne Road.
DP-OLDBDC-26 Prince Charles Avenue was the last extension to the system. The
1950's shops look very well, as does the clock.
DP-OLDBDC-27 a trolleybus on the 60 to Shelton Lock , outbound on Osmaston Road
by the end of Litchurch Lane.
DP-OLDBDC-28 230 on the tour on the Nightingale Road loop, specially installed
for RR shift changes............
DP-OLDBDC-29 ........ and having turned, pausing on the layby section of wiring
which allowed service vehicles to pass trolleybuses waiting for the
DP-OLDBDC-30 On the way to Shelton Lock....
DP-OLDBDC-31 230 on the tour at a VERY soggy Shelton Lock.
DP-OLDBDC-35 seen here on a better day with 224 (since preserved) about to depart for town.
DP-OLDBDC-32 230 in the rain - on the tour - at Uttoxeter Road terminus
DP-OLDBDC-33 Tower Wagon 3 rests in the sun outside the bank, having delivered the
previous day's takings.
DP-OLDBDC-34 and hastens back to the depot for a cuppa!
DP-OLDBDC-36 A pair of Brush bodied Crossleys outside Ascot Drive depot, in use on
driver training (because they hadn't got the "easier" Daimler Fluid Flywheel gearbox).
DP-OLDBDC-37 224 at Sandtoft Transport Museum alongside 156, the last "classic"
double-decker bought by the undertaking.