1955 opened with optimism for Hull's trolleybuses. New `Coronation' trolleybuses, which were replacing the last 1937 Leyland TB4s, promised a new era of one-man-operated trolleybuses, starting with the Beverley Road route.
Trolleybuses carried 38.8 million passengers, producing a net surplus of GBP24,200. Frequencies were intensive, with an afternoon peak two-minute headway on Hessle Road, down to a five/six-minute one on Chanterlands Avenue. General Manager Mr Pulfrey promised larger trolleybuses with flat floor doorways. In November 1959 approval was given to purchase ten 35-foot-long Sunbeam single-deckers for the Chanterlands Avenue route; yet, within a year abandonment was confirmed, the trolleybuses being the victims of a general decrease in passenger numbers and the effects of housing clearance plans.
The final decade was interesting, with some rebuilding and refurbishment and the transfer of trolleybuses to be withdrawn to the garage operating the doomed route. This book illustrates those years.
Daily bus journeys to and from school fostered Malcolm's interest in KHCT. He worked in the department's Works Section for a time, which has assisted his researches into all aspects of the Corporation's operations. His own photographic collection centres on his own first taken in 1960. Paul's interest in KHCT began at the age of thirteen and he has amassed a photographic collection of well over 7,000 prints, as well as many historical KHCT items. Paul has worked in the bus industry for twenty-eight years and is the Schedules & AVL manager at Stagecoach East Midlands.