All-Time List of North American Trolleybus Systems

The following information is abridged from the "Operator's List: 4th Rev." and "Fleets: All Time City Rosters II" contained in Trolleybus Bulletin No 109: Databook II published in March 1979 by the now defunct North American Trackless Trolley Association (NATTA). Listed are trolleybus cities in Canada, the United States of America, and Mexico.
City Date OpenedDate ClosedFleet
Akron OH 12 November 194106 June 1959 12 Brill, 20 Twin, 38 ACF-Brill
Atlanta GA 28 June 193727 September 1963 48 Twin, 171  St. Louis, 194 Pullman, 40 ACF-Brill
Baltimore MD (A) 01 November 192231 August 1931 3 Brill
   (B) 06 March 193821 June 1959 2 Yellow, 10 Brill, 11 Mack, 106 Pullman, 63 ACF-Brill
Birmingham AL 30 April 194722 November 1958 148 Pullman
Boston MA (A-demo) 1887 demonstration  
   (B-demo) 1901 demonstration  
   (C) 11 April 1936present 438 Pullman, 5 Twin, 25 ACF-Brill, 50 Flyer, 28 Neoplan
Brooklyn NY 23 July 193026 July 1960 1 ACF, 1 Twin, 13 Pullman, 200 St. Louis
Buffalo NY (demo) 30 December 1949January 1950  
Calgary, Alberta

Calgary CCF-Brill 451 (DavesRailPix/trolleybuses.net)

01 June 194708 March 1975 85 CCF-Brill, 20 ACF-Brill
Camden NJ 01 September 193501 June 1947 [included in Newark fleet]
Chicago IL 17 April 193025 March 1973 59 Twin, 26 AC-Brill, 71 St. Louis, 2 ACF, 6 Cincinnati, 11 Brill Missouri, 51 Pullman, 17 Brill, 121 ACF-Brill, 349 Marmon-Herrington
Cincinnati OH 01 December 193618 June 1965 6 Pullman, 27 Twin, 7 Mack, 60 St. Louis, 244 Marmon-Herrington
Cleveland OH 01 March 193614 June 1963 32 Brill, 128 Pullman, 175 St. Louis, 125 Marmon-Herrington, 1 Twin
Cohoes NY 02 November 1924 12 December 1937
(or 09 October 1933
sources conflict)
4 Brockway
Columbus OH 03 December 193303 May 1965 85 Brill, 18 St. Louis, 15 Pullman, 165 Marmon-Herrington
Cornwall, Ontario

Cornwall SRL&P 103 (CCF-Brill) (Peter Cox 1966 May 23)

08 June 194931 May 1970 16 CCF-Brill
Covington KY 11 July 193717 March 1958 21 Brill, 10 Mack, 5 Marmon-Herrington, 6 ACF-Brill
Dallas TX 25 November 194528 July 1966 54 ACF-Brill, 26 Marmon-Herrington
Dayton OH [DSRCo/DSTCo] 23 April 1933
28 April 1941
[to CRCo]
19 Brill
   [OSRCo/O&DTCo] 19 January 1936
01 October 1956
[to CTCo]
16 Pullman, 4 Marmon-Herrington
   [PRCo/PTCo] 11 October 1936
09 March 1945
[to CRCo]
44 Brill
   [CRCo/ CTCo/ MVRTA/ GDRTA] 25 March 1938present * 44 Brill, 84 Pullman, 21 ACF-Brill, 106 Marmon-Herrington, 1 Western Flyer, 64 Flyer, 2 BBC-GMC, 57 ETI/Skoda
   [D-XRCo] 01 October 1940
31 October 1955
[to CTCo]
13 Pullman
Denver CO 02 June 194010 June 1955 62 Brill, 80 ACF-Brill, 66 Marmon-Herrington
Des Moines IA 09 October 193824 January 1964 60 Brill, 85 ACF-Brill, 2 St. Louis
Detroit MI (A-demo) 1921 demonstrations 1 Packard/Kuhlman, 1 TTCoA, 1 St. Louis
   (B-demo) 1924 demonstrations 1 Packard/Kuhlman, 1 Brill
   (C) 14 June 193011 August 1937 6 Twin
   (D) 15 December 194916 November 1962 60 Twin, 80 St. Louis
Duluth MN 05 October 193115 May 1957 20 Brill, 9 Twin, 3 Pullman
Edmonton, Alberta

Edmonton 128 [BBC] 102 Av and 124 St EB (David A. Wyatt 2009 Apr 24)

24 September 193902 May 2009 3 AEC, 6 Leyland, 3 Mack, 16 Pullman, 2 ACF-Brill, 92 CCF-Brill, 37 Flyer, 100 BBC-GMC, 1 NewFlyer
Fairhaven MA 16 October 191501 December 1915 1 Field
Fitchburg MA 10 May 193230 June 1946 8 Brill Ohio
Flint MI (A-demo) 1936 demonstration  
   (B) 01 March 193726 March 1956 46 Yellow, 30 ACF-Brill
Fort Wayne IN 07 July 194012 June 1960 68 Brill, 10 ACF-Brill
Greensboro NC 15 July 193405 June 1956 2 Perly Thomas, 5 Brill, 8 Pullman, 1 Twin
Greenville SC 19 August 193420 February 1956 8 Brill, 13 Pullman, 15 Mack, 4 Twin, 1 Southern
Guadalajara JA 09 January 1977present *  
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax CCF-Brill 211

27 March 194931 December 1969 81 CCF-Brill, 6 Pullman
Hamilton, Ontario

Hamilton Street Railway, Hamilton, Ontario (W.E. Miller)

10 December 195030 December 1992 48 CCF-Brill, 56 Flyer
Honolulu HI (A-demo) 1936 demonstration  
   (B) 01 January 193822 June 1957 90 Brill, 25 ACF-Brill
Indianapolis IN 04 December 193210 May 1957 190 Brill, 90 Marmon-Herrington, 10 ACF-Brill
Johnstown PA 20 November 195111 November 1967 6 St. Louis, 10 Brill, 6 ACF-Brill, 5 Marmon-Herrington
Kansas City MO 29 May 193804 January 1959 42 Mack, 54 Twin, 20 ACF-Brill, 60 Marmon-Herrington
Kenosha WI 15 February 1932March 1952 12 Yellow, 10 St. Louis
Kitchener, Ontario

Kitchener, Ontario (W.E. Miller)

01 January 194726 March 1973 21 CCF-Brill
Knoxville TN 28 April 193001 July 1945 4 Cincinnati
Little Rock AR 26 December 194701 March 1956 29 ACF-Brill, 6 Marmon-Herrington
Louisville KY 27 December 193607 May 1951 60 Brill
Los Angeles CA (A) 11 September 19101915 2 Oldsmobile
   (B-demo) 1922 demonstration 1 Lansden/AC-Brill
   (C-demo) 1937 demonstration  
   (D) 03 August 194731 March 1963 110 ACF-Brill
Memphis TN 08 November 193122 April 1960 14 St. Louis, 184 Pullman, 45 ACF-Brill
Merrill WI January 1913 December 1913 1 Field
Mexico City DF (A-demo) 1948 demonstration 1 Westram
   (B-demo) 1951 demonstration  
   (C) 06 April 1952present * 20 Westram, 40 Ansaldo, 58 Pullman, 193 ACF-Brill, 100 CCF-Brill, 8 Brill, 342 Marmon-Herrington, 75 St. Louis, 37 Flyer, (358 Moyada rebuilds), (15 Cayada rebuilds), 581 MASA/Toshiba
Milwaukee WI 08 November 193620 June 1965 40 Twin, 89 St. Louis, 40 Yellow, 179 Pullman, 142 Marmon-Herrington
Minneapolis MN 05 May 192222 May 1923 1 Lansden/AC-Brill, 1 TCRT
Montréal, Québec

Montreal CCF-Brill 4108 (Peter Cox 1966) trolleybuses.net

29 March 193718 June 1966 7 AEC, 105 CCF-Brill
Nantucket Beach MA (demo)1887 demonstration  
New Haven CT (demo) 1903 demonstration  
New Orleans LA 02 December 192926 March 1967 1 Twin, 1 ACF, 11 Cincinnati, 9 ACF-Brill, 154 St. Louis, 49 Marmon-Herrington
New York City NY (demo)
(see also Brooklyn & Staten Island)
1923 demonstration  
Newark NJ 15 September 193510 November 1948 [including Camden fleet] 1 Mack, 582 Yellow, 1 GM
Norfolk VA (A-demo) 1921 demonstration  
   (B-demo) 1923 demonstration  
Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa 2003 (CCF-Brill) trolleybuses.net

15 December 195127 June 1959 10 CCF-Brill
Peoria IL 13 November 193103 October 1946 5 Brill Ohio, 2 St. Louis
Petersburg VA 19 June 192331 December 1926 5 Brill
Philadelphia PA (A-demo) 1921 demonstration  
   (B) 14 October 1923present
(closed 30 June 2003 - 14 April 2008)
78 Brill, 1 Borg, 6 Pullman, 65 ACF-Brill, 71 Marmon-Herrington, 110 AMG-Flyer
Pittsburgh PA (A-demo) 28 September 193611 October 1936  
   (B-demo) 1949 demonstration  
Portland OR May 1935 23 October 1958 141 Mack, 50 Kenworth
Portsmouth VA (demo) 1923 demonstration  
Providence RI 26 December 193114 June 1955 31 Brill, 323 Pullman
Regina, Saskatchewan

Regina 148 [CCF-Brill] (Steve Scalzo coll., trolleybuses.net)

04 September 194728 February 1966 55 CCF-Brill
Richmond VA (demo) 1921 demonstration  
Rochester NY 01 November 192322 March 1932 12 Brockway
Rockford IL 10 December 193006 June 1947 4 Brill
Saint Joseph MO 01 August 193222 November 1966 1 Brill Ohio, 34 Brill, 25 ACF-Brill
Salt Lake City UT 09 September 1928September 1946 11 Versare, 7 Cincinnati, 8 Twin
San Francisco CA [MSRCo] 06 October 1935
29 September 1944
[to Muni]
9 Brill
   [Muni] 07 September 1941present * 9 Brill, 65 St. Louis, 234 Marmon-Herrington, 90 Twin, 345 Flyer, 60? New Flyer, ? ETI/Skoda [on order]
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Saskatoon CCF-Brill 175 (Peter Cox 1962)

22 November 194813 May 1974 30 CCF-Brill
Scranton PA (demo) 1903 demonstration  
Seattle WA (A-demo) 27 February 193709 March 1937  
   (B) 28 April 1940present * 1 Brill, 99 PCF-Brill, 235 Twin, 30 Pullman, 109 AMG-Flyer, 46 M.A.N. (artic.), 236 Breda (artic., dual-mode), 100 Gillig
Shreveport LA 15 December 193126 May 1965 58 Brill, 4 Pullman, 36 ACF-Brill, 5 Marmon-Herrington
Staten Island NY 08 October 192116 October 1927 7 Atlas, 15 Brockway
Thunder Bay, Ontario 01 January 197016 July 1972 20 CCF-Brill
   Fort William, Ontario

   Fort William (Scalzo coll.)

15 December 1947
31 December 1969
[to Thunder Bay]
10 CCF-Brill
   Port Arthur, Ontario

   Port Arthur 210 [CCF-Brill] (Testagrose coll., trolleybuses.net)

15 December 1947
31 December 1969
[to Thunder Bay]
10 CCF-Brill
Toledo OH 01 February 193528 May 1952 18 Mack, 3 St. Louis, 1 Westram
Topeka KS 27 March 193230 June 1940 4 Brill
Toronto, Ontario (A)

Toronto Transportation Commission, Toronto, Ontario (W.E. Miller)

18 June 192231 August 1925 4 Packard Ontario/Brill
   (B)

   Toronto Flyer E700 9203

19 June 194719 July 1993 130 CCF-Brill, 23 Marmon-Herrington, 152 Western Flyer, 40 BBC-GMC
Vancouver, British Columbia (A-demo)

Vancouver BCE trolley bus demo (BC Archives b_07515)

05 December 194514 December 1945 1 Twin
   (B)

   Vancouver TransLink 2222 [New Flyer E40LFR] (Alex Regiec 2008)

16 August 1948present 364 CCF-Brill, 24 Pullman, 296 Flyer, 228 New Flyer
Victoria, British Columbia (demo)

Victoria: Seattle Twin in demo service (BC Archives)

19 November 194530 November 1945 1 Twin
Weehawken NJ (demo) 1934 demonstration  
Wilkes-Barre PA 15 December 193929 August 1947 19 Mack, 14 Brill, 34 ACF-Brill, 1 Westram
Wilmington DE 24 September 193906 December 1957 69 Brill, 3 Mack
Windsor, Ontario

Windsor trolleybus

05 May 1922November 1926 4 St. Louis
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Winnipeg Metro 1812 Royal loop on McGregor (G.M. Anderson 1964 June)

21 November 193830 October 1970 21 Mack, 1 MCI, 26 Pullman, 104 CCF-Brill, 10 ACF-Brill
Youngstown OH 11 November 193610 June 1959 54 Twin, 13 ACF-Brill, 10 Marmon-Herrington
* Fleet information for current operators is incomplete.

Trolleybus Makers

The following information is abridged from the “The Manufacturers: All Time Manufacturers Lists II” contained in Trolleybus Bulletin No 109: Databook II published in March 1979 by the now defunct North American Trackless Trolley Association (NATTA). Listed are trolleybus makers for cities in Canada, the United States of America, and Mexico.

Abbrev.CompanyYears of Production
AC-BrillAmerica Car Company (subsidiary of Brill) [became Brill of Missouri]1922, 1930
ACF-BrillACF-Brill Motors, Inc. (ACF=American Car & Foundary)1945-1952
ACFACF Motors, Inc. (division of ACF)1929-1930
AECAssociated Equipment Company (England)[for Canada] 1937, 1939
AMG-FlyerAmerican Motors General (division of American Motors Corporation) [joint AMG-Flyer design]1978-1980?
AtlasAtlas Truck Company1921
Borg Borg Corporation (& Commercial Truck Company)1923
BredaBreda Construzioni Ferroviarie (Italy)[for Seattle] 1990-1991
Brill MissouriBrill of Missouri (formerly AC-Brill)1931
Brill OhioBrill of Ohio (formerly Kuhlman)1931-1932
BrillJ.G. Brill Company (merged with ACF 1944)1921-1943
BrockwayBrockway1923-1930
CCF-BrillCanadian Car & Foundary [licensed by ACF-Brill]1946-1954
CincinnatiCincinnati Car Company1929-1931
ETIElectric Transit, Inc. [joint venture of Skoda and AAI Corporation (itself a division of United Industrial Corp.)]1998-2000
FieldField Electric Bus Company1915
FlyerFlyer Industries Limited [successor to Western Flyer] [became New Flyer]1971-1978?
BBC-GMCBrown Bovari Corporation and General Motors Canada1981-1982
GMGMC Truck & Coach (division of General Motors)1951
KenworthKenworth Truck Company (subsidiary of PCF)1947
KuhlmanG.C. Kuhlman Company (subsidiary of Brill) [became Brill of Ohio]1921, 1924
LeylandLeyland Motors Corporation (England)[for Canada] 1939, 1942
MackMack Truck Company1935-1943
Marmon-HerringtonMarmon-Herrington Automotive Company1946-1959
MASAMASA (Mexico)1979-1991?
MCIMotor Coach Industries1942
MoyadaMotores y Adaptaciones Automotrices (Mexico) (rebuilder)1984-1991
New FlyerNew Flyer (subsidiary of Den Oudsten 1986-2002) [successor to Flyer]198?-present
OldsmobileOldsmobile (converted automobiles)1910
PackardPackard Motor Car Company1921-1924
PCF-BrillPacific Car & Foundary [licensed by Brill]1940
Perley ThomasPerley A. Thomas Car Works, Inc.1934
PullmanPullman Standard Corporation1932-1951
SkodaSkoda Ostrov (Czech Republic)[for USA] 1998-2000
SouthernSouthern Coach Manufacturing Company1951
St. LouisSt. Louis Car Company (division of General Steel Industries)1921-1952
TCRTTwin City Rapid Transit Company (Snelling Shops)1922
TTCoATrackless Trolley Corporation of America1921-1924
TwinTwin Coach Company1928-1951
VersareVersare Corporation (became Cincinnati)1928
WestramConsortium of several companies including Ward LaFrance, Westly Block & Co., and others1945-1948
Western FlyerWestern Flyer Coach (1964) Ltd. [became Flyer]1968-1971
YellowYellow Coach Company (later GMC Truck & Coach division of GMC)1932-1938
The assistance of Richard C. DeArmond is gratefully acknowledged.

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