The old trolleybus and the round the town open top bus by Geoff Lloyd

all photos © Geoff Lloyd.

shared from Hastings Trolleybus Group

Hastings Trolleybus Group… Some great photos taken in 1962 by Geoff Lloyd of the old trolleybus and the round the town open top bus. Thanks to Geoff for providing them.

Graham Sherrington… I do not remember the single decker but definitely the double

Peter Ellingworth… Remember them both…..when the Guy eight total open top t-buses were first introduced in 1928, my Mother as a working teenager travelled from the bottom of London Rd. to where she was working at the time at Hall’s Coal Merchants near to Bexhill Station on them – and told me there would be a near scrum for the enclosed lower deck in wet and windy weather.
Happy Harold is a lucky survivor- kept after initially in store at Bulverhythe depot as an overhead line maintenance and de-icing vehicle, it was decked out with coloured lights for the 1953 Coronation and subsequently as we know, then out on summer Sunday evenings for runs between the Old Town and Bathing Pool until the Hastings system closed in May-June 1959. It was also used a lot for enthusiasts’ tours of the system especially in the run up to closure. I remember local historian the late David Padgam telling me
he would be woken up about 5 am ( he lived in Sedlescombe Rd North near the former Silverhill Infant’s School), with vivid blue flashes when ‘H-H’ was passing by on pre public service bus de-icing duties. The Hastings Trolleybus Group are doing a great job in its upkeep and restoration. The ‘Round the Town’ tour bus went on until the early 70’s ?