Route 542 runs between South Croydon Garage and Crystal Palace
Via: Katherine Street, Wellesley Road, West Croydon Bus Stn, London Road,
Brigstock Road, Thornton Heath High Street, Whitehorse Road,
South Norwood Hill and Church Road
Route journey time: 34 mins Route Mileage: 6.4 miles Service interval 5-7 minutes
1.7 miles of overhead is shared with Routes 516, 518, 630 and 654
[0.4 miles of non-revenue earning overhead to Addiscombe Depot]
Service introduced between South Croydon Garage and Thornton Heath on 20 August 1944
The section between Thornton Heath High Street and Crystal Palace opened on 6 October 1998
Virgin Trolleybus on Route 542 [and insert LT Route 630] in Station Road, West Croydon
The concept for this picture comes from your Webmaster, David Bradley, and has been created by Dave Wilsher, using various software packages from photographs supplied by Palle Nilsson and S.J.Parascandolo. Various ideas and thoughts have come from Ashley Bruce, Irvin Bell, Peter Golds and Dave Wilsher to make this image, and story, more interesting. The picture represents a scene in 1999 and assumes that Croydon tram route 42 was converted to trolleybus operation in 1944 as scheduled by LPTB in the 10 stage South London Proposals. De-regulation in the 1990's means that Virgin is now the franchise operator of this route.
Virgin's TT Class trolleybus introduced in November 1999 to cater for the heavy passenger loading on this route. It is photographed before the pavement was raised to the floor level of the trolleybus. Passengers on this route are required to have pre-purchased tickets or a subscriber to the Multos Mass Transit Ticketless System.
Pictures 542 and DW9 have been computer generated by David Wilsher using images
from other sources. The pictures below formed the basis of picture DW1.
LF Trolleybus 204 Arnhem Van Hool-Kiepe
Photographed by Palle Nilsson
First Test run through West Croydon
Photographed by S.J.Parascandolo
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