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Trolleybuses in Ljubljana

Trolleybuses in Ljubljana

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Datum izida:9/23/2010 10:00:00 PM
Oblikovanje:Matjaž Učakar
Motiv:Trolleybus from Ljubljana
Tisk:AS VABA MAA, Tallinn
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Papir:Senator Natral Litho PVA Gummed 96
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Trolleybuses in Ljubljana

<p>Following the Second World War, the tram network that had operated in Ljubljana since 1901 was badly in need of renovation and modernisation. Poor maintenance during the war and the post-war years of reconstruction and urban expansion meant that significant investment in the old transport system was needed. The city fathers sought a cheap solution to the problem. They found it in the trolleybus, an electric vehicle powered by overhead cables. The use of trolleybuses does away with the need for investment in tracks and other infrastructure necessary in the case of trams. </p><p>&#160;</p><p>Following the lead of Rijeka, in Croatia, Ljubljana's first trolleybus began running on 6 October 1951 – between the exhibition centre and the Ježica district. The first deliveries of vehicles from Italy were joined in 1956 by trolleybuses that were partly imported and partly the work of local manpower and know-how. The chassis and electrical elements were supplied by the Zürich-based company Oerlikon, while the bodywork and everything else was made by Avtomontaža of Ljubljana. The vehicles were of excellent quality and were technically very advanced for their time. Within the space of a few years, the new trolleybuses could be seen throughout the city, along with new motor buses. </p><p>&#160;</p><p>As a result, on 20 December 1958, the old trams bid farewell to the streets of Ljubljana. Interestingly, a few years later some trolleybuses were actually made in the former Ljubljana tram depot, with electrical parts supplied by the Rade Končar factory in Zagreb. There were eventually 53 trolleybuses in use in Ljubljana. In autumn 1971, quietly and without ceremony, they disappeared into history. They were replaced by the buses of the municipal bus company. At that time fuel oil was very cheap and the trolleybus could no longer stand the competition from motor buses.</p><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </p><p>Tadej Brate <br></p>