An historical lineup in chronological order of sixty years of trolleybuses
serving Pilsen, 1940-2020, in front of a municipal house and taken from the
main railway station. The overhead wires in this historical city don't
appear to be the problem that is made of them elsewhere. I don't recall
noticing them except at junctions and crossings where they are rather
untidy, but Pilsen is now buying in-motion charging trolleybuses that no
longer need a complete array of wires and have considerable range off-wire.
Over 14,000 trolleybuses have been manufactured at Škoda Pilsen and
exported around the world, the second largest trolleybus manufacturer in
the world after one in USSR, now defunct, so now the largest in Europe. On
that note, the formerly largest trolleybus system in the world, in Moscow,
has recently been closed and replaced by a fleet of battery-electric buses.
We'll see how that goes. The performance metrics of a modern trolleybus are
superior to those of a battery (or fuel cell) electric bus, notably in
respect of virtual 24 hour availability and lower weight, hence greater
passenger capacity and lower power consumption. The transport world is
afflicted by an irrational madness today.