Newcastle city centre at Grey’s Monument in 1960 and the same location today

A wet day in early Nineteen Sixties Newcastle, and the site visitors is busy round Grey’s Monument.

The buildings of Grainger Street are blackened from a long time of Tyneside industrial grime (as is the Monument itself) and there are two trolley buses trundling alongside on their routes.

What would the gentleman carrying the umbrella have made from the same location in 2021, one wonders?

The pedestrianised space with folks consuming and ingesting outdoors at avenue cafes, the buskers, the Metro station (and the off-camera Eldon Square procuring advanced) would have appeared wildly continental.

If the bodily cityscape and sand-blasted buildings in this location stay comparatively unchanged, then Britain itself has been reworked in the final 60 years.

The leisure, service and retail tradition all of us take as a right today would have been unimaginable for the folks of hard-working, post-war industrial Tyneside.

Our fantastic archive {photograph} was kindly shared by David Dunn from the Armstrong Railway Photographic Trust.

The Trust, as its identify suggests, primarily curates and archives old images of North East railways and rail infrastructure, but in addition archives photos of buses, collieries, transport and river life. It has round 500,000 photos in its assortment.

The Trust’s curiosity in this {photograph} is in the trolley buses travelling up Grainger Street.

Older folks will keep in mind the distinctive banana-yellow electric-powered automobile and the cables suspended above the streets of Newcastle city centre and its suburbs.

They got here in to make use of in 1935, and ran for 3 a long time till the final automobile from a fleet of 204 trolley buses, operating on 28 Newcastle routes, accomplished its ultimate journey in October 1966.

A really totally different scene at Grainger Street and Grey’s Momument, Newcastle, in 2021

That occurred to be the quantity 35 which ran its shift earlier than buzzing quietly again to the city’s Byker depot on a Saturday evening. There was no farewell ceremony. Most had been offered off as scrap with a few of them, the Chronicle reported, ending their days at a ‘trolley bus graveyard’ in Dunston.

Bus passengers had been dissatisfied to see them go.

Mrs Beatrice Nitsch of Grey Street, Byker, mentioned: “The petrol buses are sooner however when you’re getting aged, they appear to sprint away.” Her neighbour Beatrice Belle added: “I believe they need to all be trolleys. These new buses are troublesome to get on and off.”

The bus crews themselves took a distinct view.

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Mr C Almond, a conductor of Bolton Terrace, Sandyford, mentioned: “I’m glad we’re getting the new ones. These are too chilly in the winter and even the unusual petrol buses have heating in them.”

We’ll be that includes extra trolley bus images from the Armstrong Railway Photographic Trust in the coming weeks.

Don’t miss our Memory Lane native historical past web site that is filled with archive images and has an easy-to-use image colourisation software.

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