Wreath marks end of a transport era

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Tomorrow it will be 50 years since the last trolleybus ran in Portsmouth. Today, in the second of our trips down trolleybus lane, we capture more of these vehicles on city streets.

The first one graced Portsmouth on August 4, 1934, and the last (pictured here) trundled into Eastney depot on the night of July 27, 1963.

The final curtain, trolley no 313 on the 18 route arrives at the Eastney depot for the last time on July 27, 1963 with a wreath tied to the cab

The final curtain, trolley no 313 on the 18 route arrives at the Eastney depot for the last time on July 27, 1963 with a wreath tied to the cab

Large crowds turned out to mourn the occasion for the trolleys, which replaced the tram network, were popular in the main with most people.

As you can see, a wreath has been fixed to the wing mirror alongside the driver’s cab to mark this milestone in the city’s transport history.

The picture - and others in The News today - have come from trolleybus enthusiast John Kinchen, of East Lodge Park, Farlington.