There is a page on the site about Durban’s transport history including the electric trolley buses that ran there for a number of years. I recently received this great picture from Trevor Jones and couldn’t resist posting it.
I came across this old slide in a box of family pics. It was taken by my father, I would suspect in 1962 or 1963 (not after that, as we left Durban end-1963). It shows the City Centre, with the Cenotaph in front of the City Hall, and several of the characteristic Trolley Buses or “trackless trams” that graced the Durban transport scene till the mid/late-sixties. They were superb – quiet, powerful and non-polluting, but limited by the “overhead wires” as they were termed. The street in front is West Street, and the corner of the portico of the City Hall is just visible on the left.
I have to say that the picture did have me confused at first because I couldn’t work out its orientation. A close examination of the street signs revealed that the yellow bus is actually in Church Street which I didn’t remember being open to traffic. I checked on Google Maps and I was dismayed to find Church Street is about the only one in that area that hasn’t been renamed.Share this: