Old trolleybus is still alive and well at depot

021211 REMEMBER WHEN REP: CO''CAPTION: The same trolleybus - No 201 - as it is today
021211 REMEMBER WHEN REP: CO''CAPTION: The same trolleybus - No 201 - as it is today
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Trolleybus 201 is alive and well.

John Kirby and Robert Smith were pleased to see this shot of the old girl in Fratton Road, Portsmouth, in the mid-1950s, in Remember When last month.

021211 REMEMBER WHEN REP: CO''CAPTION: A trolleybus in the mid-1950s''From Portsmouth Trolleybuses by Barry Cox.

021211 REMEMBER WHEN REP: CO''CAPTION: A trolleybus in the mid-1950s''From Portsmouth Trolleybuses by Barry Cox.

They got in touch to say that the vehicle, an AEC 661T with English Electric body new in 1934, still exists.

They wrote saying that although the bus was not used during the Second World War, it re-entered service after the end of hostilities and remained in use until October 1958.

They said: ‘On September 24, 1960 it was acquired by Portsmouth Ratepayers’ Association, who presented it to the Montagu Motor Museum, Beaulieu, where it arrived on October 25, 1960.

‘In June 1972 it was acquired by City of Portsmouth Museums and Records Service and fully restored by City of Portsmouth Passenger Transport Department at Eastney Depot.’

They added: ‘Twelve years of open air display at Beaulieu had taken their toll, but it looked superb at the Southsea Spectacular Bus Rally on Southsea Common on June 11, 1978,’ as this photograph by Robert Smith shows.

Trolleybus 201 was on public display at the Milestones Museum at Basingstoke from March 2003 until June 2009 when it was placed in the City of Portsmouth Preserved Transport Depot at Portchester, where it is still being cared for on behalf of City of Portsmouth Museums and Records Office.