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233-King's Cross, Gray's Inn Road, 1938 and 2012 | by Warsaw1948
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233-King's Cross, Gray's Inn Road, 1938 and 2012

The top picture shows brand new trolleybus ELB 796 undergoing trials under the wires at King's Cross shortly before the changeover from trams to trolleybuses. The buses in the far distance in both pictures are parked on King's Cross bridge in roughly the same location as the vehicles in pics 217a&b and 234. Much of this part of London still retains it's Victorian and early 20th century buildings, partly I suspect, because of the terrible reputation associated with this area from the 70's to the naughties. In this view, there are no modern buildings at all and although, in the bottom picture, the lighthouse building and all its neighbours are swathed in scaffolding, it is to be hoped that this is for renovation rather than demolition.

 

Amazingly, the trolleybus in the top picture survives today and is currently undergoing restoration at the East Anglia Transport Museum in Carlton Colville. It was rescued from a transport museum in Paris earlier in 2011 and brought back to the UK to join a few other survivors that still regularly run under the wires at the EATM. The story of the rescue operation, together with recent pictures by Hugh Taylor (who I believe was one of the architects of the repatriation) can be seen here www.796.org.uk/

 

(NB - to take a trip around the two mainline stations and view the vehicles, architecture and fashions of a bygone age, see the full "King's Cross in the 1950's" set of pictures by clicking this link..... www.flickr.com/photos/59082098@N05/sets/72157626070269684/ )

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Taken on January 1, 2012