Slow At Frog - A Short History of the Brisbane Trolley Bus System (BOOK)
Brisbane's Trolley Bus system was beset with adversity almost from its inception and never rose to any great prominence in the overall transport scene in the city. It was always the poor relation of the highly popular and successful tramway system.
After World War II, there was a boom era that saw rapid population growth and increased industrial activity despite shortages of materials.
The population in 1951 was 454,000 and had risen to 829,000 by the time the service ended in 1969. Brisbane was unique amongst all major Australian cities in that one single local council controlled the entire metropolitan area and provided services such as water, sewerage, electricity and transport which, in other states, were administered by state government departments or instrumentalities.
Brisbane was the second last city in Australia to introduce trolleybuses. Other systems were already operating in Adelaide, Hobart, Perth and Sydney. Launceston followed Brisbane in 1951.
This book is not intended to be an exhaustive history but rather a sufficient telling to give the reader an understanding of the nature of the operation of trolleybuses in Brisbane. Many photographs have been included which will bring back memories to those who used the service.
32 Pages, Colour & Black/White