Hackie 3 Posted November 27, 2010 Report Share Posted November 27, 2010 I noticed a post on this forum about trolleybus poles coming off the overhead wires. That brought back many potent memories. Canning Circus was a ‘Spaghetti Junction’ of overhead wires criss-crossing in all directions and poles came off regularly. Some of the ‘points’ above were hand changed by the conductor, pulling down a handle on a nearby post. I think sometimes they forgot. Occasionally the loose, swinging, poles would get so tangled up with nearby wires that they would be impossible to unravel from the ground. This involved sending for the ‘tower truck’- a wooden lift arrangement, operated manually by a handle and a rack and pinion device. The man on the top (wearing very thick rubber gloves) and thus standing level to the wires would disentangle the mess by hand. (H & S – Get a life – no-one ever died) Passengers could either ‘sit it out’ – it could be for an hour or more. Or, they could transfer to the next bus - they were very frequent. How was this done? I can only assume that these vehicles could travel short distances on their batteries. They would disconnect their poles before the ’accident’, drive around the stalled bus, and reconnect them on the other side. Incidentally if anyone is wondering about the pole used by the conductor – it was a 20ft+length of bamboo with a hook at the top end. This housed in a tube running behind the downstairs seats. Can anyone remember these Canning Circus episodes? Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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