For more than a century trolley buses have been providing transportation in towns and cities throughout the world. The trolley bus offered several advantages over other vehicles, primarily quiet operation, quick acceleration from a standing start, hill-climbing ability and a long life span. During the 1950s and 1960s, many trolley bus systems were abandoned. The oil crisis of the 1970s marked a turning point, and the number of trolley bus systems in the world has risen steadily since. Take a trip around the world to see the various styles and systems of trolley buses. This Photo Gallery includes many past and present trolley bus systems from North & South America, Europe, Russia, Asia, and Africa. You'll learn the differences in equipment built over time, who the main manufacturers of Trolley Buses were in these countries and much more.
An innovator in the bus business, Fageol was the first company to build a bus from the ground up, and it was called the Safety Coach. Later in 1927 the Fageol brothers sold out and began Twin Coach. They then built the Model 40 Twin Coach - a twin engine city bus that began the city bus business. This bus operated for up to 20 years in many cities - a rarity at the time. In 1960 Twin Coach was bought by Flxible. Period photos, with detailed captions, tell the story of these buses. This is a book bus enthusiasts won't want to miss.
This exciting history portrays the powerful history of the Trailways bus organization, one of the largest systems of independent motorcoach operators in the world. Trailways has been in existence for some 64 years and is still running strong today, specifically in the South, East, and Pacific Northwest. Today there are over 2,500 coaches operating in the Trailway system serving 500 destinations in 27 states, as well as Canada and Mexico.
Now through these historic photographs, bus and transportation enthusiasts can experience the enormous variety of bus makes and models used by the company, as well as many interesting and unusual designs. Well-known bus enthusiast and historian, William A. Luke, has put together this exciting collection of photos that no bus lover should be without.