A Tale of Two Trolleybus Routes - 630 and 657

The idea of these pages came from a suggestion by a friend that I had enough
photographs to deal with some routes in detail.

I decided to choose routes 630 and 657 for a number of reasons:

(1) They were two routes that I knew a fair amount about. For 11 years, from moving to
London as a nine-year old to the route's abandonment in 1960, the 630 passed the
bottom of my street in Wandsworth, as did the 612 until it became the first trolleybus
route to go, as part of the first withdrawal of trams in 1950.

My acquaintance with the 657 came about because I went to teacher training college
in Isleworth and in my first year I travelled by train, and would come out of the railway
station and cross the road which carried the 657s on my way to the campus. At the
time, the route was still worked by Q1s but, in those days, being an impecunious
student, I did not have a camera and, later in my final year, I still had to ration my film
for other things very often.

(2) The routes actually met up briefly at Shepherds Bush Green.

(3) The 630 was the longest all-day trolleybus route on the London system (14.65 miles)
- only exceeded by the 655 rush hour extension(Acton Vale-Clapham Junction). It was
part of an unusual conversion stage in September 1937 which will be explained on a
later page. It was also unique in that it was the only link between the North London
routes and those the south of the river in the Croydon area.


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